Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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While the Tories are courting older voters, Labour have identified two distinct groups in particular that are over-represented in the 106 seats it is targeting

Election 2015 analysis: Pick your tribe and watch the parties tussle for your vote

Forget Pebbledash People. Until 7 May the leaders must woo the Harassed Hipsters and Neo-Greens

If I were Prime Minister: I would make a Teach First equivalent for care for the elderly

Our series in the run-up to the General Election – 100 days, 100 contributors, but no politicians – continues with the Political Editor of the Independent on Sunday

Princess Elsa from 'Frozen'

Little girls dressing up like Elsa from Frozen are the future of feminism

Girls are told all the time that there are some things they cannot do

It’s no use Ed Miliband saying he can’t recall saying ‘weaponise’, he needs to show a killer instinct (PA)

Labour needs an angry leader: it's time for Ed Miliband to go to war

He has been ruthless before, as his brother knows

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg (Getty)

MP Jacob Rees-Mogg tells Tory activists he is 'not proud' of gay marriage law

A Conservative MP has caused fury after saying that he is “not proud” his government introduced same-sex marriage.

The Conservative and Labour battle buses parked outside the Sky News studios before the second televised debate during the last election campaign in 2010 (Getty)

Election 2015: Harriet Harman revives the battle bus – but this time the target is female voters

Senior women in all three parties were unhappy that the nature of the last campaign in 2010 was male-dominated

Labour's election tactics will focus on ignoring David Cameron (Getty)

Election 2015: Labour's strategy will be to rise above Tory negative tactics of 'falsehood and smear'

The Prime Minister will not feature in any negative posters. Jane Merrick on the parties' differing tactics

Michael Gove was sacked after Tory election strategist Lynton Crosby described him as ‘toxic’ (AFP)

Sacked Education Secretary Michael Gove still sees papers via allies allowing him to 'back-seat drive' department

Exclusive: The Chief Whip doesn’t want his controversial school reforms watered down by his less abrasive successor, Nicky Morgan

EastEnders needs to review its take on Cockney life

Ending the watershed is crossing the line of our TV culture

These days we can watch any show we like, whenever we like

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Tailor benefits to match local needs and costs, says Citizens Advice charity

Critics say 'local welfare' would lead to 'postcode lottery' and that people would move to places where there were higher benefit rates

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