Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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Tim Farron has insisted that it was not incompatible for a Christian to lead a liberal party

Tim Farron: Is it all over for this classical liberal wing of the Lib Dems?

If Farron keeps left and Jeremy Corbyn is elected Labour leader on 12 September, who is going to win power in 2020?

In a drive to 'end the gender pay gap in a generation', businesses with more than 250 staff will have to disclose the difference between the salaries of male and female employees

Reporting gender pay inequality is not the same as tackling it

Firms can get away with paying women less because they don't have to tell us what our colleagues earn

England's players celebrate Fara Williams' goal during extra time of their bronze medal match against Germany at the FIFA Women's World Cup in Edmonton, Alberta

Rio 2016 Olympics: Anger as Lionesses denied chance to play for team GB

Questions in Lords over home nations row that will exclude Team GB football from 2016 Games

Cooper hopes to be Labour’s first woman leader

Yvette Cooper: Yes, I'm a working mum, but that's not why I should be leader

Yvette Cooper explains to Political Editor Jane Merrick why she thinks 'parentgate' was an artificial row

Stella Creasy: Mutualism must play a ‘massive part’ in Labour policies

Stella Creasy: Co-operative Party backs Walthamstow MP for Labour deputy leadership

Creasy who is second favourite to succeed Harriet Harman, said she would put co-operative traditions at the heart of Labour’s leadership if she wins

Iain Duncan Smith can hardly control his emotion as George Osborne announces the introduction of a compulsory national minimum wage

The top of the Tory Party appears before George Osborne after his Summer Budget

The Tory admiration after Osborne delivered the Budget marked the moment when the balance of power tipped in his favour

Liz Kendall on the BBC

Labour leadership: Being childless makes a person no less qualified for the job of being prime minister

Is there some sort of added intellectual ability that is beamed in upon becoming a parent?

The Bill to provide 30 hours of free childcare is widely criticised

Ministers agree partial climbdown over 'vague' and 'flawed' Childcare Bill

A second House of Lords committee issued a stinging rebuke over the scheme

Hyde Park’s memorial to the 2005 London 7/7 bomb victims

Memorial planned for British terrorism victims

There will also be a dedicated memorial to the victims of the Tunisia attack

Labour leadership contender Liz Kendall says she will review the way Lottery money is spent, with the intention of boosting support for children

Liz Kendall to order National Lottery funding review if she becomes new Labour leader

The leadership candidate wants more cash diverted to deprived young children

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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
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'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
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Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
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'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
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The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
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Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
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Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
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Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen