Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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The haven would give ‘unprecedented protection for turtles’

General Election 2015: Labour to make pledge on creating biggest ever sea life protection zones

British overseas territories will host largest safe haven ever created by a single country

A mother and child receive first aid as they disembark in Italy on Saturday

Migrants crossing the Mediterranean: Pope Francis joins calls for EU action on boat refugees

The death rate has risen 50 fold since Italy's Mare Nostrum policy was replaced by a more limited operation within 30 miles of the coast

Ready for the hoe-down? Because gardening is the new clubbing

A new generation is taking up the trowel, says the RHS

People walk around the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London

Gardening is the new clubbing

The surge in interest has come in defiance of the horticultural establishment

The women on Bear Grylls’ island have a remarkable similarity to the campaigning politicians

Round and round they go: The contestants' behaviour on Bear Grylls's survival series The Island reminded me of the election campaign

The parties are hunting for this electoral sweet spot, as elusive as a juicy yucca root in a mangrove forest

Labour's proposed anti-tax avoidance measures will raise £7.5bn by the middle of the next parliament

General Election 2015: £7.5bn game changer as Labour pledges to crack down on tax avoidance

Reforms would pay for tuition fee cuts, an end to the bedroom tax, and a new NHS care fund

Ed Miliband has grown in recent days, in a what-doesn’t-kill-you-makes-you-stronger way

General Election 2015: Ed Miliband - Buoyant Labour leader says he'll be as radical as Attlee, Wilson and Blair

Exclusive: Fired up by the Tories' personal attacks, he now feels a new connection with voters

Instead of one Garden Bridge that costs a fortune, why not lots of smaller, cheaper ones?

I can think of so many more deserving projects that would benefit from this £60m

Most of the net growth in women’s employment has been in low-paid jobs

Sixty per cent of new jobs for women since 2010 are low paid

The number of women in low-paid jobs has increased since the last election, figures have revealed. Since 2010, nearly 60 per cent of new jobs for women have come from low-paying industries, compared with 39 per cent of new jobs for men.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood almost provided the Birgitte Nyborg Moment in this week's Leaders' Debate

We cannot expect our MPs to look like Aidan Turner or Lily James, but appearance does count in politics

We need to get over the pretence that it doesn't. If you go for a job interview, you put on your best suit and get a good haircut

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