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Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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Former Tory MP Douglas Carswell

Clacton by-election: 12 facts about Ukip's new MP Douglas Carswell

Oliver Wright on some things that those who voted for him may not have known

UKIP’s Douglas Carswell talks to supporter Asma Jackson as he canvasses for votes in Frinton-on-Sea

Clacton by-election: Defector Douglas Carswell garners some love - but embarrassing questions still persist

UKIP candidate learning it may be as hard to escape assumptions about his new party as his old one

The present health and social care system lacks transparency, is inefficient and creates distress and confusion for users and their carers

Our next Prime Minister will be decided in the wards of the NHS

Inside Westminster: A tiny infectious agent could have more impact on the outcome of the next election than David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg combined

An aerial view of Gatwick Airport

Another U-turn? Liberal Democrat leaders move towards backing Gatwick expansion

The Liberal Democrat leadership will tomorrow attempt to head off a new “tuition fees-style” U-turn over airport expansion in the South-east after the next election.

Michael Bloomberg will be able to add ‘KBE’ to his name

New York's billionaire ex-mayor Michael Bloomberg to be given honorary knighthood

Michael Bloomberg will be able to add ‘KBE’ to his name

David Cameron was speaking during his visit to Afghanistan

Raising 40p rate threshold 'could happen as early as 2016'

PM sets out a clear dividing line with Labour ahead of next year’s election

David Cameron is welcomed on his arrival at Camp Bastion

High price paid by Britain in Afghanistan is worth it, says Cameron

On his final visit to UK troops,  the PM praises their bravery and dedication

David Cameron has paid an unannounced visit to Kabul for talks with new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

David Cameron lands in Kabul for Afghan talks

PM is holding bilateral talks with the new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his defeated Presidential rival Abdullah Abdullah

There are currently six Tornadoes taking part in the Iraqi mission

Iraq air strikes: David Cameron announces additional Tornado jets will be deployed to provide 'enhanced resilience' against Isis

There are currently six Tornadoes taking part in the Iraqi mission

John Manzoni will be responsible for making savings across Whitehall in areas such as IT, procurement and contracts

Controversial former BP executive rises to the top of the Civil Service

Mr Manzoni ran around half of BP’s global operations before moving on to Talisman Energy, a company heavily involved in fracking in the US

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'