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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Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman has called the Education Secretary Michael Gove a “charlatan” over commemoration suggestions for the World War One centenary

Jeremy Paxman reopens war of words with Michael Gove over the WW1 centenary: 'A charlatan' who scores 'cheap political points'

A century after it began the debate over how the First World War should be remembered and commemorated continues to rage.

A picture of deprived industry and opportunities for its workers, Hartlepool has been hit the hardest by spending cuts since the Coalition came to power, according to the Association of North East Councils

Great divide: Hartlepool - the town left behind by ‘largest’ cuts

With the lowest spending power per household in the country, leaders in the seaside town are growing concerned

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks arrives at the Old Bailey

Hacking trial: I don’t recall whether Piers Morgan said he hacked phones, claims Rebekah Brooks

Rebekah Brooks could not remember being told by former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan that he had hacked her phone, the Old Bailey has heard.

Mazda 6 Tourer, motoring review: 50mpg and cutting-edge technology prove early plaudits well deserved

PRICE from £19,595 to £28,296 OTR (£26,695 as tested)
ENGINE CAPACITY 2.2l Diesel
POWER OUTPUT (BHP @ RPM) 150 @ 4500
TOP SPEED (mph) 130
FUEL ECONOMY (mpg) 64.2
CO2 EMISSIONS (g/km) 116

The discovery of Operation Trojan has sparked an investigation by the city council and the Department for Education

Birmingham council investigates 'Muslim fundamentalist plot to take over local schools'

Hardline Muslims attempted to wrest control of Birmingham schools by pushing them to adopt academy status, writes Paul Gallagher

Max Clifford in court: Celebrity PR used Bond Street office as a 'sexual fiefdom', court hears

Max Clifford used his Bond Street office like a “sexual fiefdom” during a 20-year period when he indecently assaulted girls as young as 12 a court has heard.

The remains of King Richard III were found in a hastily dug, untidy grave

University of Leicester criticised over 'destructive tests' on remains of Richard III

Another battle in the ongoing war of words over the final resting place of Richard III has broken out with the University of Leicester criticised for conducting “further destructive tests” on the Plantagenet king’s mortal remains.

Alistair, from Clitheroe, wrote a letter to the Government over the way his benefits have left him in poverty

Our welfare policies don’t work, says former RAF serviceman

‘I asked the benefits people how I could live on this. “You can’t,” they said’

The Airlander, which was originally developed for the US military before the project was cancelled due to budget cuts, is the world's longest aircraft

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the world's largest hybrid aircraft

The HAV304 or 'Airlander' is 300ft (91m) long, 113ft (34m) wide and 85ft (26m) high

The quartet used Mini Coopers to make their getaway like the film 'The Italian Job' (pictured)

'Italian Job'-style armed robbers jailed for a total of 32 years after making off with £340,000

A gang of armed robbers who stole £340,000 in two Italian Job-style raids were jailed for a total of 32 years today.

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Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
Could our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?

Could smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases?

Health Kit and Google Fit have been described as "the beginning of a health revolution"
Ryanair has turned on the 'charm offensive' but can we learn to love the cut-price carrier again?

Can we learn to love Ryanair again?

Four recent travellers give their verdicts on the carrier's improved customer service
Billionaire founder of Spanx launches range of jeans that offers

Spanx launches range of jeans

The jeans come in two styles, multiple cuts and three washes and will go on sale in the UK in October
10 best over-ear headphones

Aural pleasure: 10 best over-ear headphones

Listen to your favourite tracks with this selection, offering everything from lambskin earmuffs to stainless steel
Commonwealth Games 2014: David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end

Commonwealth Games

David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2014: Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings
Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star