Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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The heavy rain that hit London and the South-east earlier this month is part of the cycle of climate change, say scientists

Government facing four challenges in bid to tackle climate change, think-tank claims

Experts call for Obama-style audit to assess damage of changing temperatures
Afzal Amin is the Tory candidate for Dudley North

Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist

Young followers of Islam in British inner cities have been left disenfranchised by society, a former senior Army officer says

Overhaul childcare funding to ensure best quality service, says major new report

Following the example of Norway and Germany could raise the standard of education for poorer children
There are now half a million self-service checkouts in operation across Britain's leading supermarkets

What's the point of paying for service if you then have to do the work yourself?

The service industry – the engine of the British economy – is turning into the non-service industry

Doctors from Médecins Sans Frontières treat a patient suspected to have the Ebola virus in 2007 in Congo

Ebola outbreak: Western drugs firms have not tried to find vaccine 'because virus only affects Africans', says UK's top public health doctor

Professor John Ashton accuses pharmaceutical industry of 'moral bankruptcy'
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

A European Commission with only two or three women is 'not credible', says new president Jean-Claude Juncker

The formation of the new European Commission could be delayed as there are not enough women being nominated by member states, Jean-Claude Juncker has warned EU leaders.

Nick Clegg's move away from the Conservatives offers an insight into the lines being drawn up for the up-coming election

Nick Clegg to announce break from Tories on immigration

Lib Dem leader will stress party's role in ending child detention and pledge to ensure migrants are fairly paid

Something for Cobra to bite on: It's worth paying for the elderly

Social care doesn't sound as dramatic as Ebola, but there should be more urgency around how we will support our growing elderly population over the next decade
The first woman in the Royal Navy is history to command a major warship

If we want true gender equality, Commander Sarah West must be treated the same as any man

And that means no concessions for wrongdoing

Women can be deliberately excluded from the stereotypically 'masculine' engineering industry

Gender equality in government: Women want to be drivers too

If it is always men who are formulating policies, devising strategy, building the car, women aren't going to want to drive it
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Ukraine crisis: The phoney war is over as Russian troops and armour pour across the border

The phoney war is over

Russian troops and armour pour into Ukraine
Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

Potatoes could be off the menu as crop pests threaten UK

The world’s entire food system is under attack - and Britain is most at risk, according to a new study
Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Gangnam smile: why the Chinese are flocking to South Korea to buy a new face

Seoul's plastic surgery industry is booming thanks to the popularity of the K-Pop look
From Mozart to Orson Welles: Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

Creative geniuses who peaked too soon

After the death of Sandy Wilson, 90, who wrote his only hit musical in his twenties, John Walsh wonders what it's like to peak too soon and go on to live a life more ordinary
Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Caught in the crossfire of a cyber Cold War

Fears are mounting that Vladimir Putin has instructed hackers to target banks like JP Morgan
Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years

Salomé: A head for seduction

Salomé's feminine wiles have inspired writers, painters and musicians for 2,000 years. Now audiences can meet the Biblical femme fatale in two new stage and screen projects
From Bram Stoker to Stanley Kubrick, the British Library's latest exhibition celebrates all things Gothic

British Library celebrates all things Gothic

Forthcoming exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination will be the UK's largest ever celebration of Gothic literature
The Hard Rock Café's owners are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute - but is the restaurant chain worth fighting for?

Is the Hard Rock Café worth fighting for?

The restaurant chain's owners are currently embroiled in a bitter legal dispute
Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival

In search of Caribbean soul food

Caribbean cuisine is becoming increasingly popular in the UK ... and there's more to it than jerk chicken at carnival
11 best face powders

11 best face powders

Sweep away shiny skin with our pick of the best pressed and loose powder bases
England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Roy Hodgson's hands tied by exploding top flight

Lack of Englishmen at leading Premier League clubs leaves manager hamstrung
Angel Di Maria and Cristiano Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

Di Maria and Ronaldo: A tale of two Manchester United No 7s

They both inherited the iconic shirt at Old Trafford, but the £59.7m new boy is joining a club in a very different state
Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone