Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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Members of the House of Lords gather for the state opening of Parliament

Peer pressure: The nobles in the Lords should know when to go

Given that it is unlikely to be abolished or even drastically reformed any time soon, how about some tweaking of the rules to encourage them to be more active?
Donors giving at least £50,000 can join David Cameron’s Leader’s Group

'Dave's dinners' fund a third of Tory target seats

Critics accuse Prime Minister's controversial rich donors' dining club of buying the election
Scar from The Lion King is one of the most evil Disney villains

Any child knows that cartoon violence isn’t real

A new study has suggested parents should be worried by the 'death and destruction' featured in many children's animated films

Baroness Jenkin’s proud track record on equality has been undermined by her porridge comments

Stirring up trouble: The appalling paradox of obesity and hunger

It is a peculiar evil that the less money you have, the less inclined you feel to spend it on wholesome food
The Co-operative Party will this week call for a national community energy revolution in Britain

Community energy would bypass the Big Six under Labour

The plan is expected to be included in the party's general election manifesto
Jacob Rees-Mogg faces a Standards Commissioner

Leading Tory backbench MP Jacob Rees-Mogg 'failed to declare interests'

Mr Rees-Mogg reported for not mentioning his links to tobacco and energy firms in the Commons
Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy with his new deputy Kezia Dugdale

New Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy pledges to build coalition with 'Yes' voters

Mr Murphy says he will 'take the energy of this contest and use it to unite the party'
Roger Bird, former Ukip general secretary

Whatever the truth about Roger Bird’s conduct, he should never have made public Natasha Bolter’s text messages

Is the first Ukip ‘sex scandal’ another instance of a man seemingly exploiting his power over a woman?

Labour’s Chuka Umunna has the backing of Tony Blair to be the next Labour leader

Tony Blair wants Chuka Umunna to be the next Labour leader

Former PM is backing shadow Business Secretary for top job if Ed Miliband fails to win general election
“If you count having a “small orchard in the garden”: the four apple trees, one quince and a mirabelle plum down my allotment”

My orchard, and other aspirations: I will only have 'made it' when I really do own one in my back garden

A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated my 41st birthday. When I say "celebrated", I mean it happened but was slightly overshadowed by two household dramas: the first, my daughter was sick from 3am until 5pm; the second was that our fridge broke down. I felt sorry for my daughter, of course, but also for myself. As I was standing in our kitchen, water flooding from the defrosting freezer, and me wailing that I wasn't actually having a very good birthday, my Dad said to me: "Of course, in our house we didn't have a fridge until I was 12."

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Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
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How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn