Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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Stoke-on-Trent is one of about 2,000 cities to be classed as disaster resilient

Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

The city council's planning is less about preparing for an unexpected event such as a plane crash or earthquake, but more about dealing with things such as severe cold weather and flooding
Labour’s Alison McGovern, right, says politics has to catch up with the views of fathers with school-age children

Childcare 'not just a women's issue,' says shadow minister as she sets out her 'dadifesto'

Labour's spokeswoman for families Alison McGovern claims men are interested too
The Queen spoke of respect for all cultures and faiths in her Christmas message

Decoding the Queen's speech: Was Her Majesty taking a swipe at Ukip?

If Britain was on the verge of leaving Europe, it would be hard to imagine the Queen not getting involved

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'
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The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss