Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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Angela Eagle says she has some radical ideas on how to reform the Commons, if Labour is elected

Angela Eagle: The woman who won't calm down

Famously slapped down by David Cameron, the shadow leader of the Commons is proving to be a tenacious fighter for Labour

While the Tories are courting older voters, Labour have identified two distinct groups in particular that are over-represented in the 106 seats it is targeting

Election 2015 analysis: Pick your tribe and watch the parties tussle for your vote

Forget Pebbledash People. Until 7 May the leaders must woo the Harassed Hipsters and Neo-Greens

If I were Prime Minister: I would make a Teach First equivalent for care for the elderly

Our series in the run-up to the General Election – 100 days, 100 contributors, but no politicians – continues with the Political Editor of the Independent on Sunday

Princess Elsa from 'Frozen'

Little girls dressing up like Elsa from Frozen are the future of feminism

Girls are told all the time that there are some things they cannot do

It’s no use Ed Miliband saying he can’t recall saying ‘weaponise’, he needs to show a killer instinct (PA)

Labour needs an angry leader: it's time for Ed Miliband to go to war

He has been ruthless before, as his brother knows

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg (Getty)

MP Jacob Rees-Mogg tells Tory activists he is 'not proud' of gay marriage law

A Conservative MP has caused fury after saying that he is “not proud” his government introduced same-sex marriage.

The Conservative and Labour battle buses parked outside the Sky News studios before the second televised debate during the last election campaign in 2010 (Getty)

Election 2015: Harriet Harman revives the battle bus – but this time the target is female voters

Senior women in all three parties were unhappy that the nature of the last campaign in 2010 was male-dominated

Labour's election tactics will focus on ignoring David Cameron (Getty)

Election 2015: Labour's strategy will be to rise above Tory negative tactics of 'falsehood and smear'

The Prime Minister will not feature in any negative posters. Jane Merrick on the parties' differing tactics

Michael Gove was sacked after Tory election strategist Lynton Crosby described him as ‘toxic’ (AFP)

Sacked Education Secretary Michael Gove still sees papers via allies allowing him to 'back-seat drive' department

Exclusive: The Chief Whip doesn’t want his controversial school reforms watered down by his less abrasive successor, Nicky Morgan

EastEnders needs to review its take on Cockney life

Ending the watershed is crossing the line of our TV culture

These days we can watch any show we like, whenever we like

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own