Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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Figures show about 100,000 children are failing to reach the expected standard in English and Maths

General Election 2015: Failing primary school children face more resits under Tory plans

About 100,000 children fail to reach the expected standard in English and Maths and of those only seven per cent go on to get five good GCSEs

George Osborne will have to abolish child benefit for over four million families to meet his commitment to cut welfare spending by £12bn in 2018

General Election 2015: Osborne will have to abolish child benefit for four million families to meet welfare spending cuts

The Chancellor twice failed to rule out scrapping the universal payment made to all families with children as part of the Tories deficit reduction plans

Labour has parodied the famous Tory election poster

Labour launches attack on Tories over NHS waiting times

Parodying the 1979 Tory election poster showing a queue of people outside a job centre, Labour's ad shows a queue waiting to get into a GP surgery

Labour ministers hope Tony Blair’s comments on David Cameron's election campaign will resonate with soft Tory voters

General Election 2015: Tony Blair attacks David Cameron's weak plan for EU referendum

The former Prime Minister will condemn Cameron’s 'sop' to the right of his party by offering a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU

The Independent understands that drafts of the Tories' manifesto were still being rewritten over the Easter weekend; sources suggest that the party is still looking around for new “positive and eye-catching” policy pledges to include

General Election 2015: Tories hunt for a more positive message in last-minute manifesto rewrites

Exclusive: Drafts of the manifesto were still being rewritten over the Easter weekend and a finalised version has yet to be signed off by Cameron

Danny Alexander

Danny Alexander interview: I heard a senior Tory tell a Lib Dem colleague 'You take care of the workers and we'll take care of the bosses'

Exclusive: The controversial remark was revealed by Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, in an interview with The Independent

The seven leaders of Britain's main political parties take part in the general election live debate.

General Election TV debates: How each leader performed in the ITV discussion

The debate is the only head-to-head between the seven leaders which will be broadcast during the election

An empty House of Commons

General Election 2015: Britain could be without an effective government for six weeks

The uncertainty stems from constitutional ambiguity and badly-drafted legislation that could result in further political chaos

It is possible neither Ed Miliband nor David Cameron, pictured with the Queen, could be in a position to form a government after the election

General Election 2015: No Queen’s Speech if no party wins majority

The prospect of a Queen’s Speech without the Queen results from the constitutional ambiguity surrounding a hung Parliament

Clegg: 'I just don’t know what the Conservative Party has got against wind farms'

Nick Clegg: The Tories waged an 'ideological fatwa' against wind farms and single mothers

Deputy PM condemns Conservative right-wing rants on wind farms, single mothers and the European Union

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Sepp Blatter resignation: The beginning of Fifa's long road to reform?

Does Blatter's departure mean Fifa will automatically clean up its act?

Don't bet on it, says Tom Peck
Charles Kennedy: The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

The baby of the House who grew into a Lib Dem giant

Charles Kennedy was consistently a man of the centre-left, dedicated to social justice, but was also a champion of liberty and an opponent of the nanny-state, says Baroness Williams
Syria civil war: The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of this endless conflict

The harrowing testament of a five-year-old victim of Syria's endless civil war

Sahar Qanbar lost her mother and brother as civilians and government soldiers fought side by side after being surrounded by brutal Islamist fighters. Robert Fisk visited her
The future of songwriting: How streaming is changing everything we know about making music

The future of songwriting

How streaming is changing everything we know about making music
William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

Recognition at long last

Jewish and black soldiers who fought in WWI finally receive medals after claims of discrimination
Beating obesity: The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters

Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
9 best women's festival waterproofs

Ready for rain: 9 best women's festival waterproofs

These are the macs to keep your denim dry and your hair frizz-free(ish)
Cycling World Hour Record: Nervous Sir Bradley Wiggins ready for pain as he prepares to go distance

Wiggins worried

Nervous Sir Bradley ready for pain as he prepares to attempt cycling's World Hour Record
Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
On your feet! Spending at least two hours a day standing reduces the risk of heart attacks, cancer and diabetes, according to new research

On your feet!

Spending half the day standing 'reduces risk of heart attacks and cancer'
With scores of surgeries closing, what hope is there for the David Cameron's promise of 5,000 more GPs and a 24/7 NHS?

The big NHS question

Why are there so few new GPs when so many want to study medicine?
Big knickers are back: Thongs ain't what they used to be

Thongs ain't what they used to be

Big knickers are back
Thurston Moore interview

Thurston Moore interview

On living in London, Sonic Youth and musical memoirs
In full bloom

In full bloom

Floral print womenswear
From leading man to Elephant Man, Bradley Cooper is terrific

From leading man to Elephant Man

Bradley Cooper is terrific