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Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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Over two million of the poorest people in England are facing rising council tax demands this year

Exclusive: Council tax rises hit Britain’s poor hardest

Cuts to the benefit system have seen nearly 16,000 people in London alone referred to bailiffs for non-payment

Vitol’s Ian Taylor has close links to David Cameron

Major Tory donor’s company in talks to finance sanctioned Russian oil giant

The chief executive of Vitol, which avoided huge sums in UK tax, has handed £1m to the Conservative Party

Lubov Chernukhin, a banker and the wife of a former finance minister in Putin’s Russia paid £160,000 for a tennis match with Boris Johnson and David Cameron

I won't play tennis match if 'geezer' is Putin ally, says Boris Johnson – but Cameron insists auctioned game will go ahead

Boris Johnson and David Cameron last night insisted they would go ahead with a £160,000 Tory fundraising tennis match – even though the husband of the auction winner had close links to the Kremlin.

Nicole Sinclaire: 'I am certain I shall be found innocent of these ludicrous and unfounded accusations'

Former Ukip MEP Nicole Sinclaire faces charges of misconduct and money laundering

A former Ukip MEP has been charged with money-laundering and misconduct in public office after an inquiry into her expenses claims.

Baroness Ashton said the EU was ‘determined’ to try to improve the situation in Ukraine

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: EU’s new sanctions on Russia fall short of UK demands

US calls the Brussels agreement, which does not target energy sector, ‘feeble’

The Big Society Network was assessed as

What became of Cameron's Big Society Network?

Despite being deemed “high risk”, the Big Lottery Fund awarded it £830,000

Pension reforms: Treasury to announce further changes

People will be allowed to take lump sums out of their pension pots throughout retirement under a further liberalisation of the industry to be announced on Monday.

Ed Miliband is expected to meet Barack Obama in Washington as the Labour leader tries to burnish his foreign policy credentials in the run-up to the election

Ed Miliband hoping for Obama meeting

Labour leader tries to burnish foreign policy credentials in election run-up

Environmental groups have launched a ferocious attack on the Tory former minister Owen Paterson after he used his new freedom from office to label them a 'green blob' of 'unelected busybodies' who were damaging Britain

‘Green blob’: Eco groups attack former minister Owen Paterson over insult

Former minister called them 'unelected busybodies' who were damaging Britain

Supporters of Dignity in Dying and Not Dead Yet outside the House of Lords yesterday

Assisted Dying debate: Personal speeches on 'right to die' move a full House of Lords that is left divided and undecided

Baroness Campbell’s intervention was far from alone in being deeply personal

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Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
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'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

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