Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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The threat to allotments amounts to the largest seizure of common land since the 18th century

Vegetable growers should stand their ground, but they're threatened by housing

The threat to allotments amounts to the largest seizure of common land since the 18th century

The House of Lords in session

Even if the House of Lords reform is such a good idea, why is the trigger for it Lord Sewel snorting coke with a prostitute?

Right now the Lords is more important to our democracy than ever

Liz Kendall at a hustings event

Labour leadership race: Liz Kendall preferred by candidates who failed to win crucial seats

Poll suggests Ms Kendall is the favourite in Middle England areas

Liz Kendall says Labour must present policies for 2020-25, not ‘30 years ago’

Labour leadership contest: I would never quit the party, says Liz Kendall

But there is talk of a breakaway party if she loses the 'two-horse race' to Jeremy Corbyn

Labour's leadership contest is the battle of emotions going on in Riley's troubled head in the new Pixar film Inside Out, with each vying for control

Labour leadership contest: Battle of emotions within the party evokes Inside Out

Half the party is so fearful of a Corbyn victory they warn of 30 years out of power

Sausages being cooked on the grill

The campaign to save the British banger starts here

New stats have revealed that as a nation we are consuming a quarter fewer sausages a year than we were in 2008

Protected Delegates at last year’s Girl Summit, which targeted FGM

Teachers and health workers will be legally required to report FGM under new law

'This Government is clear that we will not allow political or cultural sensitivities to get in the way of tackling abuse, whatever form it takes'

Gary Lineker believes state pupils should have access to schools such as Cheltenham College

Gary Lineker: Private schools are 'entirely selfish' if they don't open fields to state-educated children

The House of Lords is to vote on an amendment to the Charities Bill that would require all independent schools to open up their facilities or be stripped of their charitable status

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

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