Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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The health watchdog Nice has ruled that births at home, or at a midwife-led unit, are safer than at hospital

Despite the latest advice on where to give birth, the ordeal I went through shows why hospital is still the best option

I cannot imagine what would have happened if I had stayed at home

Sir Bill Cash says a formal deal between the Tories and Ukip is unlikely

Eurosceptic claims 200 Tory MPs now favour a British exit from EU

Sir Bill Cash calls for nation to take 'associate status' – and no longer wants pact with Ukip
Andrew Mitchell, one of the earliest Tory MPs to use a bike, inspires both loyalty and loathing

Andrew Mitchell had form: The pattern of abuse heard in the High Court was shocking

If Mitchell's outburst at PC Rowland had been a one-off, it might have been forgivable

French former First Lady Valerie Trierweiler is at a book signing of her book, 'Thank You For This Moment: A Story Of Love, Power And Betrayal'.

Thank You for this Moment by Valerie Trierweiler, book review: A long and painful break-up letter

It is impossible not to feel desperately sorry for France's former First Lady

Lee Rigby report: What’s the use of spotting terrorist activity if you don’t tell anyone?

Companies like Facebook don't seem to think it's their job to report any signs of terrorist activity

Margaret Thatcher resigned on 22nd November 1990

Nicola Sturgeon's rare achievement

The 22nd of November is a momentous day in history for women in politics. It was 24 years ago yesterday that Margaret Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister. On the same day, 15 years later, Angela Merkel became Chancellor of Germany.

Labour MPs said Ed Miliband could have avoided sacking Ms Thornberry

Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'

Ed Miliband didn't want a 'toxic' row, but he's still got one
George Eustice MP

Tory MP plays up his Ukip past to woo voters

As senior Conservatives watch for fresh defections, a government minister flaunts his anti-Europe credentials
Jane Merrick rides on a Micro Scooter through St James's Park, on November 18, 2014 in London, United Kingdom.

Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?

We adult scooters are so rare that when I see another one we exchange a little wave, like drivers of VW Beetles honking their horns at each other

There are better ways to improve the NHS than this online ratings system

When it comes to being treated, patients just want to be made better in the shortest amount of time

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served

Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?