Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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Dominic Cummings, pictured here with Michael Gove has said most MPs are completely unsuited to becoming ministers

Most MPs make poor ministers, says Michael Gove's former adviser Dominic Cummings

Mr Cummings painted an unflattering picture of the Government machine

Ukip candidate Mark Reckless talks to reporters in Hoo, near Rochester

Rochester by-election: Battle of Medway turns into a war of words as Ukip brands Tories 'BNP-lite'

Tories branded ‘BNP-lite’ as migration defines Rochester by-election build-up

Mark Reckless warns long-term EU migrants 'could be told to leave Britain' if Ukip gets into government

Rochester by-election: Mark Reckless warns that long-term EU migrants 'could be told to leave Britain' if Ukip gets into government

Former Tory MP said some EU migrants would only be allowed to stay for a transitional period

Charm offensive or offensive charm? John Hayes, transport minister, spent just 1 hour and 17 minutes in Rochester

Rochester by-election: Boris nowhere to be seen as Tories appear briefly to fight Ukip

London Mayor told to stay away as constituency was to be home to his airport, but many Tories make a flying visit

Professor George Watson

Top Cambridge don leaves £1m legacy to Lib Dems

Former colleague of C S Lewis gave the party its biggest donation for nearly a decade

Britain First is using the image on hats, hoodies, T-shirts and poll leaflets

Police launch copyright inquiry into Britain First for using the Queen’s crown without permission

BNP offshoot is using the image on hats, hoodies and poll leaflets

Cameron would be prepared for 'new cold war' with Russia if Putin continues on 'current path' with Ukraine

Prime Minister says solution is not one Britain seeks, but he will continue to up pressure on Putin

A pioneering plan to save the health service £1 billion a year by keeping patients out of hospital has been branded a 'shambles' after the Government’s spending watchdog found at best it would save less than a third of the amount projected at best

NHS facing £700m black hole over failing Better Care Fund

National Audit Office claims plans based on “optimism rather than evidence”

Labour has hired a self-employed betting expert to be its general election data guru

Labour hires the ‘British Nate Silver’ as election data guru

Ian Warren correctly predicted the results of the 2008 and 2012 US elections

In a speech to the Confederation of British Industry David Cameron described the package as the 'biggest, boldest and most far-reaching improvement programme in four decades'

Road-building blitz: David Cameron targets key marginal votes with £15bn investment scheme

Five-year strategy to improve infrastructure likely to anger green groups

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project