The Independent

The Independent is a British national morning newspaper published in London by Independent Print Limited, owned by Alexander Lebedev since 2010. Nicknamed the Indy, it was launched in 1986 and is one of the youngest UK national daily newspapers.

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Derek Robertson

Freelance writer and editor: Guardian, Independent, NME, VICE, Timeout, The Quietus

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Skills: Editor
Specialisms: Music

Amy Fallon

I am a widely-published and experienced journalist and communications specialist who has worked around the world for a …

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Specialisms: Travel, Social Media, Politics, News, Lifestyle, Journalism, Health, Food, Features, Fashion, Environment, Entertainment, Education, Culture, Business, Art

Mishaal Khan

Writer of all things related to South Asian socio-politics, women & human rights. Aspiring author & storyteller... I …

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Bertille Duthoit

I'm Bertille Duthoit, a French journalist who has been living in London for 10 years now. I'm currently …

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Anu Shukla

I am a UK-based multi-media journalist with bylines published at The Independent, Al Jazeera, Reuters and The New …

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Skills: Proofreader, Feature Writer, Copywriter
Specialisms: Politics, News, Music, Journalism, Features, Culture, Business

Latest Articles

Pippi Longstocking turns 75: The legacy of Astrid Lindgren and the world’s strongest girl

She’s the strongest girl in the world. With her carrot-coloured pigtails, her striped mismatched socks and her freckles, she’s instantly recognisable. She’s a financially independent child, a reckless but compassionate anarchist with an intolerance for bullies. She’s a feminist role model who has inspired everyone from Michelle Obama to Lady Gaga, Madonna, Amy Poehler, Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

Child sex abuse, corruption and cover-ups: How football can and must move on from its darkest time

Andrew Woodward has no idea how many times he was raped as a child. In November 2016, the ex-footballer waived his right to anonymity and revealed that he had been a victim of sexual abuse for more than six years in the 1980s. The one-time Crewe Alexandra defender named his former coach, a convicted paedophile who police would later say had “almost an insatiable appetite” for young boys: Barry Bennell.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

10 best paraben and sulphate free shampoos and conditioners

If your hairdresser has ever questioned your haircare routine, odds are you’ve been lectured on the downsides to parabens and sulphates. While both serve a functional purpose – parabens preserve cosmetics for longer and sulphates are the detergents that give shampoo its lather – they can have detrimental effects on your hair. The latter strips away the moisturising oils that keep strands healthy, as well as irritating sensitive skin, exaggerating existing conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
By Chloë James
The Independent

10 best tweezers to pluck your brows with precision

Whether you prefer them fluffy, arched or thin, the key to beautiful brows sits in your make-up bag. Despite so many alternative methods on the market, tweezers are a failsafe way of tidying up on the go and, unlike microblading or waxing, won’t put a strain on your beauty budget. But like many beauty staples, it’s tricky to find tweezers that actually get the job done. The right pair for you depends on the task at hand. Those with finer and lighter hair may just want to touch up their brows ...
By Chloë James
The Independent

10 best curling tongs and wands for every kind of hair style

Curling your hair is often easier in theory than practice. Whether you want beach waves or glamorous curls, without the right tools or plenty of practice, it’s easy to leave your hair frazzled, frizzier and limper than before. The best curling tongs should be easy to use, eliminating any concerns about technique. Those looking for tighter ringlets should stick to narrower barrels, while bigger blow dry curls are created by wider wands.
By Chloë James
The Independent

10 best make-up brush sets for flawless application every time

Even the best make-up artist is nothing without their tools. While foundation, primer and powder all play their part, if applied incorrectly, they’ll only look flat, flaky, patchy or cakey on the skin. Finding the right brushes is often down to trial and error and can seem time consuming, both before and during your beauty routine. Nobody wants to rifle through dozens of similar brushes, hoping to find the right one, and with so many on the market, it’s difficult to know where to start with yo
By Chloë James
The Independent

If you think calling Kamala Harris a cop was racist, you need to talk to black feminists

To be certain, Kamala Harris faces obstacles of oppression and perception as a black woman; few would argue against this. At the same time, however — to put it into her own words — Kamala is California’s “top cop.” As the 32nd Attorney General of California, Harris was both a chief legal advisor to the state government and its chief law officer, with responsibilities including leading the California Department of Justice, enforcing state laws, supporting local law enforcement, overseeing law enforcement agencies, and even assisting as the chief legal counsel in state litigation cases. In short, a person in her position may be the most “cop-like” a person can be.
By Devyn Springer
The Independent

Child bereavement charity launches crisis text service ahead of Christmas

A free crisis text service for children and young people struggling to cope with the death of a loved one has gone live today. Winston’s Wish – the UK’s first child bereavement charity – has launched the free, confidential and anonymous text line, called Crisis Messenger, to help children and young people who find themselves feeling unable to cope and in need of urgent support. The service, which is powered by trusted partners Shout and Crisis Text Line, can be accessed by texting WW to 85258,
By Sarah Egerton
The Independent

Even for Pussy Riot, gender equality must begin at home

In Pussy Riot, male members are in short supply. But while the Russian punk feminist collective does not have a defined list of participants, one man, Pyotr Verzilov, is usually included. The husband of Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova (the group’s most famous member), is well known thanks to fighting with his wife while she was in prison, gatecrashing the 2018 football World Cup final in Russia and the fact that he was poisoned last year, allegedly by intelligence agents.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

10 best shapewear pieces for support without any discomfort

Shapewear has come a long way since corsets. Thanks in part to celebrity fans like the Kardashians, a range of innovative options have cropped up in the past few years to help you look and feel your best. Designed to hold you in and accentuate your figure, good shapewear will support you without any discomfort. Whether you’re looking to smooth your stomach, enhance your waist or lift your bust, there’s no shortage of bodysuits, knickers, slips and tights to choose from.
By Chloë James
The Independent

Corbyn’s response to Bolivia shows how wrong the left is to keep fetishising socialism in Latin America

Bad left-wing takes on Latin America are like an injection: you know it’s coming but there’s still a prick. And so it was last night when, after weeks of unrest and violent protests following the disputed October elections, Bolivia’s president Evo Morales finally resigned.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

16 best beauty advent calendars for Christmas 2019

School has started, pumpkin spice is everywhere and it’s that awkward phase where it’s too risky to leave your jacket at home, but wearing it leaves you sweating to death. While some might call it autumn, for us it means one thing: the countdown to Christmas has begun. For beauty junkies, this countdown has only got more exciting in recent years, as traditional advent calendars have been injected with a bit more glamour and luxury. Beauty advent calendars seem to have sprung up from nowhere.
By Chloë James
The Independent

What Brexit means for survivors of domestic abuse

With Boris Johnson’s deal still in limbo, a new deadline of 31 January and a general election on the horizon – it’s safe to say that Brexit is as complicated as ever, with little certainty around what leaving the EU actually means in real terms. But what we do know is that if Brexit happens, women are likely to fare worst.
By Ellie Fry
The Independent

Evidence alleges Israeli soldier's 'live fire' shot Palestinian boy in head, claims UK forensics team

A damning new forensics report seen by The Independent has alleged an Israeli soldier's live ammunition - and not a rubber bullet as claimed by the IDF - shot a nine-year old Palestinian boy in the head on 12 July as he stood outside his friend’s house in the occupied West Bank town of Kafr Qaddum. Since 2011, regular weekly protests have taken place in the village against Israeli occupation, land confiscations and the military’s closure of an access road from the village to nearby city Nablus.
By Anu Shukla
The Independent

Fire service's 'stay put advice cost lives' in Grenfell Tower, long awaited public inquiry concludes

Fewer people may have died in Grenfell Tower if the London Fire Brigade had not stuck so rigidly to its "stay put" policy and evacuated people instead, a public inquiry into the blaze that killed 72 people has concluded. In a document spanning around 1,000 pages, Sir Martin Moore-Bick said there were "serious shortcomings" and "systemic" failures in its response to the fire. In a damning indictment of both the construction of the block and the authorities involved in the response, the report a
By Anu Shukla
The Independent

10 best bralettes for all shapes that are so comfy you won't want to take them off

Whether looking for something sexy or supportive, bralettes are the most versatile piece in your lingerie drawer. If you haven’t jumped on the hype yet, bralettes forgo the wires and thick padding of your usual bra in favour of unlined, laidback styles that are as trendy as they are comfy. A lot of bralettes have the reputation of suiting only those requiring less support but, although that can be true in a lot of cases, the industry has seen a boom in versatile, accessible pieces for all size
By Chloë James
The Independent

10 best women’s backpacks that are comfy, stylish and full of storage

Backpacks are no longer just for school kids, yet somehow it’s difficult to find one that doesn’t make it look like you’re on your way to GCSE physics. Thankfully, there are backpacks out there as on-trend as any other bag, even if it’s a hassle to find the perfect one. To avoid the preppy aesthetic, we recommend avoiding anything too bulky or bland, but at the same time choosing the colour carefully to complement the rest of your wardrobe. Practicality is another issue. Ideally, your backpack
By Chloë James
The Independent

‘I could well die in here’: The story of Charlotte Nokes and the thousands still locked up on indefinite sentences

Life is fleeting, life is precious, and I have wasted too much time in oblivion. So wrote Charlotte Nokes while she was a prisoner at HMP Peterborough. She was originally sentenced to a minimum term of 15 months, but by the time she was found dead in her cell on 23 July 2016, she had served more than eight and a half years.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

10 best hairdryers to make every day a good hair day

If technology has brought us one blessing, it’s that neither a salon nor a stylist is necessary to achieve the perfect blow dry. We’re spoiled for choice with hair dryers that promise to defrizz, volumise and protect our hair, with varying results. To find the perfect hair dryer, we took a few things into account. With so many options, anything that might remotely damage our hair was out. Everybody’s hair is unique, requiring different temperatures and nozzles, so variety is a must.
By Chloë James
The Independent

‘This is not what we fought for’: The battle to end Iran’s ban on female football fans

When Iran beat Cambodia 14-0 in its home qualifier for the 2022 Qatar World Cup last night, only one corner of Tehran’s stadium cheered. A small section, ringed with metal fencing, was packed full of jubilant Iranian women, sporting painted faces and national flags. Hundreds more queued up outside. It was a pocket of celebration in a nearly empty stadium. Because for the first time in four decades, Iran had allowed women to buy tickets to a match. It was too late for Sahar Khodayari. Almost a m
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

We tried Fenty Beauty's new Christmas make-up collection: Tinsel $how

It’s that time of year again where Christmas beauty launches are coming at us thick and fast, and one of the most anticipated reveals has been Rihanna’s make-up line, Fenty Beauty. But the wait is over as the brand has unveiled its 2019 festive collection named “tinsel $how”, which will be available from 11 October in Harvey Nichols and Boots.
By Ellie Fry
The Independent

10 best ankle boots for autumn: Biker, leather and heeled styles

Our summer dresses are packed away, pumpkin spice is on every corner and it’s time to embrace autumn for all it’s worth – especially in our wardrobes. Ankle boots might be a staple all year round, but they become more of a staple as the weather gets colder and wetter. Whether it’s a classic pair of black boots or something a bit bolder, finding your perfect footwear is the best way to mark the new season. In our search for the best boots, we wanted to balance cost, quality, style and practical
By Chloë James
The Independent

Fashion should be sustainable and inclusive, not one or the other

Over the past year, we’ve seen two significant shifts in the fashion industry: sustainability and plus-size inclusivity. We’ve seen G7 leaders joining forces with fashion houses in a global pact to make clothes more sustainable, and body-positivity advocate and plus-size model Tess Holliday walking for Chromat at New York Fashion Week. Clearly, the way we think about clothes is changing.
By Ellie Fry
The Independent

El Gato Negro review: A new rival for Liverpool's thriving tapas scene

Whenever anyone tells me they’ve never been to Liverpool, I immediately say they have to visit. Aside from the undeniable charm of the city and its people, you’ve got to go for the food. Liverpool is full of independents that have blessed my taste buds with some of the best meals I’ve eaten, especially tapas. From the mini wood fired pizzas at Bacaro to the sea bass at Neon Jamon, I can't get enough of small plates here.
By Ellie Fry
The Independent

Who knew storytelling would be so profitable? The success of Serial, five years on

Hae Min Lee was a typical high school student in Baltimore 1999. A popular Korean American girl, she was bright, pretty, romantic. On 13 January 1999, she was last seen driving from school to pick up her younger cousin. When she failed to turn up, her parents reported her missing. Police concluded that by that time, she was already dead.
By Harriet Marsden
The Independent

Furious backlash to ‘Hunger Games-style’ application process for Grenfell funds sees council chief abandon Twitter

A scheme to decide the awarding of funds to projects benefiting local residents affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster has provoked fury among residents and politicians, who accused it of pitting members of the community against each other in a “game show-style” process. Kensington and Chelsea council has invited North Kensington individuals and organisations to apply for grants from a £600,000 Grenfell Projects Fund, part of its recovery strategy in the wake of the 2017 fire that killed 72 pe
By Anu Shukla
The Independent