Oliver Wright

Oliver Wright is Whitehall Editor of The Independent.

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Ed Balls has suggested the Conservatives’ plans for deficit reduction and tax cuts would lead to £70bn of public sector spending cuts after this year, affecting both the armed forces and the police service

Ed Balls: 'Police and the Army will bear brunt of £70bn Tory cash cuts'

Shadow Chancellor claims Tories are not being honest about the true scale of spending cuts

Mr Miliband has appointed Lord Falconer, the former Lord Chancellor, to examine how a Labour government could redraw the Whitehall map – including possible plans to reduce the size of the Cabinet and increase the power of Downing Street over the Treasury

Think tank urges restraint as Labour draw up plans to merge departments

It comes amid growing suspicion that Ed Miliband is considering a radical restructuring of government departments should Labour win power

David Cameron meeting residents of a Bellway homes development in Cannock, West Midlands, yesterday; he is accused of showing contempt for the electorate

The great TV debate debacle: 'Unseemly squabble' over debates 'embarrasses British democracy'

Broadcasters may yet use ‘empty chair’ instead of PM for final head-to-head ‘debate’ with Ed Miliband

Britain’s secret intelligence services are now being urged to tap into the maternal skill set to recruit a new generation of spies

Recruit spies from Mumsnet, Parliament tells MI5 – but give them a 24-hour childcare service

Hazel Blears said some female recruits to MI6 had encountered outdated attitudes

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon

Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Lord Ashcroft survey also shows which character voters associate with each leader

Prime Minister David Cameron makes a speech during the the Lord Mayor's Banquet at The Guildhall last November

Out-of-touch MPs ‘don’t get it’, says ex-Civil Service chief

Exclusive: Gus O’Donnell angers senior Conservatives with scathing attack on ‘chauffeur-driven’ politicians

The Major Projects Authority: A missed opportunity to control those runaway big ideas

Inside Whitehall: Politicians and civil servants are bad at getting things done on time and to budget

Nick Boles was forced to clarify his views after his comments made local headlines

Tory minister backtracks on benefits remark

Minister suggested Britain's benefits system sometimes shows 'inhuman inflexibility'

Genetically modified maize in Shropshire

EU regulations on genetically modified crops prevent Britain's agricultural progress, say MPs

A Parliamentary committee says Europe's guidelines are “not fit for purpose”

Russian President Vladimir Putin, pictured in Budapest last week

Old military hands are using Putin as a bogeyman

Ex-generals are wheeled around television studios to fight the media battle

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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
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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
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Beating obesity

The new pacemaker which helps over-eaters
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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
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Liverpool close in on Milner signing

Reds baulk at Christian Benteke £32.5m release clause
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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?
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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
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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