Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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Birth can be a dangerous business – even in the UK

The UK’s overall ranking for motherhood – taking childcare, child-rearing, education, pay and representation into account – is 24th globally

David Cameron: ‘Only one party can deliver a strong economy’

General Election 2015: We delivered on international aid, the environment and fighting poverty says David Cameron

'There is only one way to deliver the things that matter – and that’s with a strong economy'

Nearly a million people were helped by food banks in 2013-14

Planned £12bn Tory welfare cuts will lead to two million a year using food banks, says study

The research was seized on by Labour as evidence that David Cameron’s welfare cuts will have far-reaching consequences for family budgets

Nick Clegg refers to ‘trench warfare’ with the Tories over renewable energy and carbon emission reduction targets

Nick Clegg: I won’t gamble my party on a deal with the Tories

Lib Dem leader reveals to Jane Merrick his sixth and final ‘red line’ –  the environment, a subject resolutely resisted by the Conservatives

If Miliband is PM, it is expected that Cameron will stand down as party leader quickly
A woman runs down the street

Should wolf-whistling be reported to the Police? If you're Poppy Smart, then yes

What she experienced was not gentle social interaction – though if you’d read the headlines in some newspapers you’d be under the impression it was

Most experts agree no party will win an overall majority. So what will happen post-election come May 8th?

General Election 2015: Who will own the post-vote weekend?

Senior Labour figures remember the way Cameron seized the initiative following the 2010 election and made a Lib-Con coalition all but inevitable

Labour’s Chuka Umunna is third favourite to become Labour leader with bookmakers Ladbrokes

General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

The shadow business secretary says there is a 'virus of racism' that runs through Ukip and that a Labour government would celebrate British multiculturalism

Nick Clegg will launch the Lib Dem environment mini-manifesto this week which will include pledges for a legal requirement for zero carbon power by 2050

General Election 2015: Keep Lib Dems in coalition, says green industry

Figures in renewable energy sign letter praising the party’s track record on the environment

Royal fans Maria Scott, left Amy Thompson and John Loughrey wait outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in London

Royal baby: The commodification of an unborn child

This baby already has its life mapped out to an extent before it’s been born

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General Election 2015: ‘We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon’, says Ed Balls

'We will not sit down with Nicola Sturgeon'

In an exclusive interview, Ed Balls says he won't negotiate his first Budget with SNP MPs - even if Labour need their votes to secure its passage
VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

How ordinary Britons celebrated VE Day

Our perception of VE Day usually involves crowds of giddy Britons casting off the shackles of war with gay abandon. The truth was more nuanced
They came in with William Caxton's printing press, but typefaces still matter in the digital age

Typefaces still matter in the digital age

A new typeface once took years to create, now thousands are available at the click of a drop-down menu. So why do most of us still rely on the old classics, asks Meg Carter?
Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

New microbial species tells us something about our dark past, say scientists
The Pan Am Experience is a 'flight' back to the 1970s that never takes off - at least, not literally

Pan Am Experience: A 'flight' back to the 70s

Tim Walker checks in and checks out a four-hour journey with a difference
Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics - it's everywhere in the animal world

Humans aren't alone in indulging in politics

Voting, mutual back-scratching, coups and charismatic leaders - it's everywhere in the animal world
Crisp sales are in decline - but this tasty trivia might tempt back the turncoats

Crisp sales are in decline

As a nation we're filling up on popcorn and pitta chips and forsaking their potato-based predecessors
Ronald McDonald the muse? Why Banksy, Ron English and Keith Coventry are lovin' Maccy D's

Ronald McDonald the muse

A new wave of artists is taking inspiration from the fast food chain
13 best picnic blankets

13 best picnic blankets

Dine al fresco without the grass stains and damp bottoms with something from our pick of picnic rugs
Barcelona 3 Bayern Munich 0 player ratings: Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?

Barcelona vs Bayern Munich player ratings

Lionel Messi scores twice - but does he score highest in our ratings?
Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Martin Guptill has smashed early runs for Derbyshire and tells Richard Edwards to expect more from the 'freakish' Brendon McCullum and his buoyant team during their tour of England
General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'