Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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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
Nadhim Zahawi’s family lost their home after his father invested in a company that went bankrupt

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Justine Thornton, accomplished barrister, trotted out at conference as Ed Miliband’s PWAG

In praise of authenticity: If he's going to win the next election, Ed Miliband needs to be real

Someone needs to tell the Labour leader that he should just be himself
Dave Lee Travis leaves Southwark Crown Court after being found guilty of indecent assault

Ignore his fame and the tale of Dave Lee Travis is all too familiar

He attacked his complainants as liars and fantasists, not unique behaviour among defendants accused of sexual offences

Liz Kendall said older people and their families faced a minefield of information and different organisations and authorities to deal with

Elderly will have single point of contact for care, promises Labour

Liz Kendall says minefield of different authorities can be baffling

The victory of the NO campaign was confirmed at 6.08am on Friday morning

Scottish referendum: Partisan fallout, Gordon Brown's comeback and Elizabeth, the Queen of unity

Almost an hour of wondrous unity, but a new dawn for politics? Barely

Chuka Umunna was elected MP for Streatham in 2010

Labour conference: Chuka Umunna, the outsider of Westminster, says 'I've never been at ease here'

Tipped to replace Ed Miliband as Labour leader, the Shadow Business Secretary talks to Jane Merrick

Ed Miliband at the Labour conference in Manchester on Saturday

Labour conference: Ed Miliband to present 'plan for Britain' over low pay and housing crisis

Leader sets out to show he is Downing Street material. Political editor Jane Merrick reports

The Prime Minister David Cameron speaks outside Downing Street after the result of the Scottish Referendum

Scottish referendum results: And now for the West Lothian question – but resolving it won’t be easy

This result heralds major changes to our constitutional structure, and that’s invigorating

Lorena Ochoa tees off from the 18th with the St Andrews clubhouse in the background, during the 2007 Women's British Open

There’s a momentous vote in Scotland today: St Andrews may admit women golfers

If clubs want to stem the decline in their membership – and finances – they need to look at their own culture

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
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?