Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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Under plans to be set out by Ed Miliband, Labour will commit itself to raising the minimum wage significantly faster than growth in average pay over five years if the party wins the next election

Election 2015: Ed Miliband targets minimum wage for maximum gain

Labour promises five years of increases to close gap on average earnings - and puts reversing inequality at heart of election strategy

The Bank’s Governor, Mark Carney, signalled he is looking at adopting a range of new measures to cool the housing market including an 'affordability test' and advising the Government to rein in its Help to Buy scheme

Help to Buy mortgage reforms could cool housing market, says Bank of England governor Mark Carney

Governor targets government scheme after prices soar

Voting at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. One in three voters in the UK has a favourable view of the institution

European Parliament Election 2014: A nation of eurosceptics? Despite Ukip surge, British support for EU is strong and rising

A global survey has revealed that the UK has a more favourable view of Europe than people in Spain, Greece or Italy do

David Cameron visits the Tyne and Wear on the campaign trail yesterday

Tory donations: Secretive members’ clubs have given party £5m in five years

Electoral Commission loophole has reignited allegations of cash for access

It is surprising what kind of support you find for Mr Cameron by spending half an hour on the Conservatives’ Facebook page

From Thailand to Mexico, why the Tories’ Facebook page is so popular

Party’s use of paid digital advertising services has bought them support in some exotic quarters

David Cameron admitted yesterday it was “frustrating” that publication had been delayed
United and Cecil dinners have been held at the Carlton Club in London, which has also given money to the Tories

Tory dining club secretively channels hundreds of thousands of pounds of funding by anonymous wealthy donors

Loophole in electoral laws allows rich supporters to remain anonymous despite the ‘astonishing’ amounts given

The Prime Minister with Lynton Crosby in April last year

Our tax money is not for the creation of party spin

Inside Whitehall: The Coalition intends to spend £50m more on communications this year than it planned last year

Prince Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa could face prosecution if he travels to the UK

Bahraini Prince Nasser bin Hamad al-Khalifa could lose UK diplomatic immunity over torture claims

The Prince is alleged to have been involved in abuse of prisoners

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A land of the outright bizarre
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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn