Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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Nigel Farage is expected to commit his party to a series of populist policies

Ukip looks to the left in search for Labour votes in general election

Nigel Farage is expected to commit to ring-fencing the NHS budget

Fewer students are taking up apprenticeships

Key Government strategy in decline as apprenticeships fall

Labour said the full range of information on the way in which apprenticeships were working in practice gave significant cause for concern

GCHQ's 'spook first' programme to train Britain's most talented tech entrepreneurs

Exclusive: Surveillance agency to set up training schools for top graduates, while budding entrepreneurs will be put through Israeli-style 'spook' courses

Could cancer (such as the breast cancer cells shown here) be down to bad luck?

Most cancers are caused by bad luck – not bad judgement, says study

Findings suggest that it may be difficult for individuals to significantly reduce their risk of developing cancer

Palestinian children look out of the window of a destroyed building bearing graffiti in Gaza City's Al-Shejaiya suburb on December 25th

Baroness Warsi says UK must recognise Palestine now

Former minister says ‘behind the scenes’ efforts are ineffective

The Public Accounts Committee found widespread concern among civil servants that they would be victimised if they spoke out about wrongdoing

Public-sector whistleblowers 'are still seen as snitches', admits Civil Service boss Sir Jeremy Heywood

Staff who expose malpractice are treated appallingly, admits the Cabinet Secretary

Downing Street believes Ms May has explicitly approved the actions of her advisers Nick Timothy and Stephen Parkinson

Downing Street suspects Theresa May of boosting her own profile before helping her party

No 10 and Home Office in Cold War rumours

PM David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May

David Cameron told Theresa May's advisers 'to break Civil Service code'

PM accused of exacting revenge after they refused to canvass for by-elections

HP acquired Cambridge-based Autonomy in a £7.1 billion deal that saw its founder Dr Mike Lynch pocket around £500 million

Mike Lynch: Tories accept donation from tycoon accused of ‘massive fraud’

Mike Lynch has been accused of fraud by American tech firm Hewlett-Packard

Tory party chairman Grant Shapps

Tory chairman Grant Shapps accused of trying to silence left-wing blog with 'spurious' legal threats

Blog editor Laurence Durnan accused Mr Shapps of “trying to shut down embarrassing stories”

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Floating voters

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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor