Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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If Miliband is PM, it is expected that Cameron will stand down as party leader quickly
David Cameron: ‘Only one party can deliver a strong economy’

General Election 2015: We delivered on international aid, the environment and fighting poverty says David Cameron

'There is only one way to deliver the things that matter – and that’s with a strong economy'

A woman runs down the street

Should wolf-whistling be reported to the Police? If you're Poppy Smart, then yes

What she experienced was not gentle social interaction – though if you’d read the headlines in some newspapers you’d be under the impression it was

Most experts agree no party will win an overall majority. So what will happen post-election come May 8th?

General Election 2015: Who will own the post-vote weekend?

Senior Labour figures remember the way Cameron seized the initiative following the 2010 election and made a Lib-Con coalition all but inevitable

Labour’s Chuka Umunna is third favourite to become Labour leader with bookmakers Ladbrokes

General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

The shadow business secretary says there is a 'virus of racism' that runs through Ukip and that a Labour government would celebrate British multiculturalism

Nick Clegg will launch the Lib Dem environment mini-manifesto this week which will include pledges for a legal requirement for zero carbon power by 2050

General Election 2015: Keep Lib Dems in coalition, says green industry

Figures in renewable energy sign letter praising the party’s track record on the environment

Royal fans Maria Scott, left Amy Thompson and John Loughrey wait outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Hospital in London

Royal baby: The commodification of an unborn child

This baby already has its life mapped out to an extent before it’s been born

David Cameron has pledged to double the free childcare entitlement for three- and four-year-olds from 15 hours a week to 30

Who wins on childcare? Nursery battles really matter

If Labour wins, there will be a explosion in the creation of private firms providing wraparound childcare, which is fine, but only if they know what they're doing

Kim Wilde began gardening in the 1990s when she moved to the countryside

Kim Wilde: 'Horticulture gave me back my life. Gardens are always the first place I go to regenerate'

The singer is leading an appeal for the charity Thrive, which uses the therapy of horticulture

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

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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
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'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
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Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
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The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
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Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
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The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
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Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza
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The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
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'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
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The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen