Paul Gallagher

Paul Gallagher is a reporter for the Independent and Independent on Sunday having joined the group in 2012. He has previously worked for the European Voice, Daily Mirror and the Observer and been based in Brussels, Belfast, Tokyo and London.

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Tony Blair's government introduced BIDs in 2004 and there are now 185 in the UK that secure more than £50m annually

Business Improvement Districts: Local firms charged with funding BIDs say they are unaccountable - and are fighting back

The Government says they save our town centres, but these secretive quangos swallow £100m every year and fail to reveal where all the money goes
Earlier this year Britain’s only female Supreme Court judge called for more gender equality

UK is 'one of the worst countries in Europe' for number of female professional judges

Only Azerbaijan with a female representation of just 10.5 per cent prevented Scotland from propping up the table

Professor Holonyak discovered LEDs used in DVDs, alarm clocks and traffic lights

Nobel Prize 2014: Inventor of the red LED hits out at committee for 'overlooking' his seminal 1960s work

Blue LED creators were honoured this week for their breakthrough

Around 1.3 per cent of the Armed Forces are under 18

MoD faces legal fight over recruitment of child soldiers

Child Soldiers International launches claim for judicial review

John Allen arrives at Mold Magistrates Court, North Wales

Owner of 11 Wales children’s care homes stands trial for historic child sex abuse

Businessman John Allen, 73, in Mold Crown Court

Euthanasia: Arrival of UK's first clinic offering advice on ending life condemned as 'unwelcome and very dangerous'

Members are charged to access online information on which drugs are appropriate for suicide, and to attend workshops to discuss ways to end their life

Former Conservative supporter Arron Banks Arron defected to Ukip this week with a £1m pledge for Nigel Farage’s party

Ukip’s £1m donor Arron Banks is accused of conspiracy by his old company

Arron Banks, the former Tory donor, defected to Ukip this week with a £1m pledge for Nigel Farage’s party

Britain is running out of phone numbers

The UK is running out of phone numbers

Local calls using area codes seen as a better alternative to adding another digit

Cherie Blair says she is determined to achieve equality for women in the 21st century

Cherie Booth quits chambers to join international consultancy with clients including Kazakhstan’s government

Mrs Blair, 60, takes up a full-time role with Omnia Strategy, a London-based organisation with an office in Washington that includes Kazakhstan’s government

The president of the Royal Society Sir Paul Nurse is looking into why only two women have been awarded fellowships

Royal Society awards just two research fellowships to women - and 41 to men

President launches investigation

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