Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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Labour blames the delays on hospital discharges on cuts to social care budgets, which have been reduced by £3.5bn since 2010

NHS feels the strain as hospital bed-blocking by elderly patients hits record levels

Exclusive: Labour blames £3.5bn social care cuts as delays to patients being sent home soar - at a cost of £287m

Totality is shown during the solar eclipse at Palm Cove in Australia's Tropical North Queensland

Don't let the forces of darkness spoil the eclipse

Banning children from going outside is pre-Enlightenment claptrap, reminiscent of ancient civilisations who shouted at the “demons” which made the sun go dark

The Liberal Democrats risk being the political equivalent of the colour navy

More leopard print, less navy cardies: The Lib Dems need to stop blending into the background - starting with this week's Budget

A senior figure's claim the party needs to be more 'bold and brassy' immediately reminded me of Coronation Street's Bet Lynch at the bar of the Rovers

Maternity and pregnancy make up just 3 per cent of all discrimination claims

£1,200 tribunal fee prompts 40 per cent fall in pregnancy-discrimination claims

Shadow women and equalities minister criticises their 'ill-thought-through introduction'

I want my four-year-old to grow up confident – so I won’t stint on praising her

Will I cheer everything she does? No. But I will give her plenty of encouragement

Action man David Cameron is not a wimp, so ducking TV debates is not fear but contempt

TV debates: Electoral death or televised dishonour

David Cameron knows the risks, and calculates that the priority now is ensuring his own survival

New statistics show that women aged 25 and over in long-term unemployment increased from 8,053 in 2010 to 41,410 in January this year

Jobs for women become harder to find and are lower paid than men's, new figures show

The number of women unemployed for more than two years has risen fivefold under the coalition, new figures revealed last night.

Steve Hilton was instrumental in getting Government backing for the Big Society

PM's strategy guru Steve Hilton is not returning for general election

Mr Hilton masterminded the Big Society project and the Tory embrace of environmentalism dubbed 'vote blue, go green'

The BBC is considering offering an extended interview or election broadcast with David Cameron if he refuses to take part in the leaders’ debates

TV debates: No 'empty chair' humiliation for David Cameron as BBC considers giving him his own general election programme

Source claims corporation will spare the PM an embarrassing 'tub of lard' moment and may give him airtime to himself

Here’s why I’m so full of (coffee) beans

The science goes forwards and backwards: coffee is good for you, bad for you and good for you again. Or is it? Jonas only knows

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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

Art attack

Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor