Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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Meal time in the Garbutt home, as depicted in The Kitchen, shows British attitudes to food

Too much on our plates: Britain is utterly spoilt by food

The rich array of cookery programmes and the variety of produce available mean we think nothing of scraping leftovers into the bin
Clause 10 would have allowed anyone, even without a private-hire licence, to drive a minicab when it is “off duty”

New minicab law 'would put women at risk'

Safety charities, the police and taxi drivers oppose coalition's proposed relaxation of rules
Moves to regulate e-cigarettes and similar products as medicines come amid increasing evidence of their effectiveness

I’m all for people stopping smoking. But banning it in parks is not the answer

This is muddled policy that risks making the problem worse not better

Clacton Pier

Straight down the middle: I's easy to forget the British electoral sweet spot is in the centre ground

Disaffection with Westminster should not be interpreted as disaffection with centrist politics
On 30 September, at the Tory conference in Birmingham, the Enterprise Forum hosted an invitation-only reception with the CBI and George Osborne

Electoral Commission asked to investigate secretive lobby group over failure to declare donations

The Enterprise Forum hosts meetings and receptions with senior Tories
Ukip leader Nigel Farage with newly elected Ukip MP Douglas Carswell (right) after the party’s win in Clacton

Clacton by-election aftermath: Parties sent back to the doorstep for 2015 election

'Anti-politics' surge and low leader ratings are forcing campaign strategists back to basics
The Labour Party will highlight a list of

Lib Dem conference: Labour gets personal with new slogan 'You Can't Trust Nick Clegg'

Labour will launch a new slogan today accusing the Liberal Democrat leader of hypocrisy and broken promises.

Nick Clegg and his Lib Dems began their party conference in Glasgow on Saturday

Lib Dem conference: It is now make-or-break time for Nick Clegg

Despite – or perhaps because of – the Black (or Purple Paisley?) Saturday the Conservatives experienced last week, with a defection to Ukip and a pyjama'd sex scandal, the Tories were reinvigorated in Birmingham.

Theresa May

It's not hard to imagine Prime Minister Theresa May standing on the steps of Downing Street

Like Thatcher and Blair she knows her own mind, and her appeal is broad

Tory MPs must resist being jubilant about economic growth and the Labour leader’s failure to mention the deficit in his speech

Ed Miliband is faltering and the deficit is down, but it's too soon to start start 'high-fiving' just yet, says polling expert

Nadhim Zahawi warns Conservatives that, despite Labour leader's slip, they haven't convinced voters on key issues
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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London