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Past articles by Martin:

HCRG Care Group: Private health firm nets £40m profit and pays director £621,000

Healthcare business that was once owned by Richard Branson cashes in from NHS contracts → Read More

openDemocracy is being sued by an organisation linked to a Kazakh dictator

The case against our investigative journalists has already cost openDemocracy tens of thousands of pounds → Read More

NHS cancels thousands of appointments because of Queen’s funeral

Exclusive: Thousands of patients waiting for surgery, maternity checks and some cancer care will be affected → Read More

Truss adviser worked at lobbying firm for energy supplier

Iain Carter was a partner at Hanbury Strategy, which was paid to lobby the government on behalf of Bulb Energy → Read More

Oxford University took millions from key ‘crony’ of Vladimir Putin

Labour MP calls for Oxford to donate oligarch’s money to an anti-corruption campaign → Read More

Revealed: The lobbyist who helps Russian elites get access to Boris Johnson

Former Russian politician Sergey Pechinin tells his clients: ‘We open closed doors’ → Read More

Exclusive: 623 new ‘British’ companies are actually controlled from Russia

It comes amid calls to bring sanctions against oligarchs and restrict the flow of Russian money through British businesses → Read More

200 Russian millionaires bought way into UK in seven years since ‘clampdown’

Exclusive: ‘Golden visa’ scheme afforded oligarchs special treatment despite ‘security concerns’ that eventually saw scheme scrapped → Read More

London is a ‘magnet for dirty money’, says UK government’s anti-corruption tsar

The Conservative MP writes today on openDemocracy that urgent action is needed to stop ‘growing’ levels of fraud → Read More

UK government refuses to say if Sue Gray’s interviews will be published

Exclusive: Fears of partygate ‘whitewash’ as government won’t commit to recording or publishing interviews – or even say who’s being interviewed → Read More

Policing Bill and Elections Bill: What’s next in fight to save UK democracy?

Lords’ defeat of last-minute additions to England and Wales’s Policing Bill hailed as a victory by campaigners, but the fight is far from over → Read More

Cabinet Office fined £500,000 for publishing celebrities’ private addresses

More than 1,000 people – including Elton John and Nadiya Hussain – had home addresses shared by UK government, leading to safety concerns → Read More

99% of calls to UK’s Afghanistan evacuation helpline were never answered

Exclusive: Home Office failed to answer almost three million calls, as Afghans fleeing Taliban say UK government ‘did not care’ about them → Read More

The Welsh government is escaping scrutiny over COVID-19

A landmark report showed Westminster’s terrible mistakes in the pandemic. But Wales made its own mistakes, too → Read More

Record profits for firm involved in bungled £250m PPE deal

Exclusive: Ayanda Capital’s earnings rise by 2,600% after winning huge COVID contract – but masks were rejected by NHS → Read More

The unpublished memos that warned Blair against military action after 9/11

A former Labour minister admits the briefing document was ‘bang to rights’ and ‘should have been acted on’ → Read More

Record profits for Tory donor's firm that won huge PPE contracts

Pandemic was an 'unprecedented opportunity' says Meller Designs, which was fast-tracked in the government’s ‘VIP lane’ → Read More

24 lords placed under investigation over financial interests

Exclusive: Probe by the Standards Commissioner follows openDemocracy revelations of ‘shocking lack of transparency’, in one of the widest-scale breaches ever exposed → Read More

Institute for Economic Affairs loses battle over ‘hard-right lobby group’ comments

'Dark money' think tank complained after openDemocracy journalist’s LBC interview with James O’Brien → Read More

David Cameron met vaccines minister before firm he advises won health contracts

Exclusive: Ex-PM met the vaccines minister to discuss genome sequencing – two months before the genome firm he advises won contracts worth £870,000 → Read More