Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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About 1.7 million people are believed to be waiting for social housing across England

Social housing in crisis as right-to-buy depletes stock

Lib Dems say tackling deficit is ‘political priority’, with only quarter of replacement homes being built

The Government will have to borrow as much as £75bn more than it intended over the next five years, delivering a damaging blow to Chancellor George Osborne’s hopes of claiming that the Government has the country’s deficit under control

George Osborne’s cuts ‘risk putting UK in breach of UN Convention on children's rights’

Children’s Commissioner delivers damning appraisal of austerity drive

Alan Johnson said he had been surprised when Mr Miliband offered him the post of shadow chancellor after becoming leader in 2010

Alan Johnson snubbed Ed Miliband over return to Shadow Cabinet

Johnson said he had been surprised when Mr Miliband offered him the post of shadow chancellor after becoming leader in 2010

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, Chancellor George Osborne and Andrew Marr appearing on BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show

Autumn Statement: George Osborne accused of ‘fiddling the figures’ over extra cash for NHS

Third of Government’s additional £2bn investment ‘already allocated’ to health service

Andrew Mitchell and his wife, Dr Sharon Bennett, followed by David Davis, the former shadow home secretary, arrive at the High Court in London yesterday

Plebgate politician Andrew Mitchell – privileged upbringing and temper tantrums were his undoing

The single word that ended Mr Mitchell's career was one only a man of his background would use

The Big Society Network was given at least £2.5m of National Lottery funding

PM’s office ignored official advice to stop funding failing Big Society charity

David Cameron’s office ignored official advice and ordered a government department to carry on funding a failing and debt-ridden charity closely linked to his flagship Big Society project.

John Vine claims that the Home Secretary is currently sitting on five reports believed to be critical of the Government

Theresa May 'buried' bad news immigration report, watchdog warns

EXCLUSIVE: Claim follows backlash against ‘PR-driven’ counterterrorism campaign

You wouldn't give your child untested medicine, so why would you give them an untested education?

With the emergence of a new education organisation, it looks like we're finally starting to be grown up about how we teach our children

We don't give people drugs without evidence they work. The same principle should apply in education

Streaming classes, for example, actually sets back young people

Mark Reckless, a Tory MP, has announced he is defecting to Ukip

Rochester by-election: Six things we learnt about Ukip, Labour and the Greens

Did you know what Emily Thornberry did?

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee