Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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260 extra doctors will be drafted in to bolster accident and emergency units in hospitals across England

If I’ve got dementia, I’d expect my GP to identify it without being paid extra

Most worrying of all, this cash-for-diagnosis plan turns patients into commodities

Meal time in the Garbutt home, as depicted in The Kitchen, shows British attitudes to food

Too much on our plates: Britain is utterly spoilt by food

The rich array of cookery programmes and the variety of produce available mean we think nothing of scraping leftovers into the bin
Clause 10 would have allowed anyone, even without a private-hire licence, to drive a minicab when it is “off duty”

New minicab law 'would put women at risk'

Safety charities, the police and taxi drivers oppose coalition's proposed relaxation of rules
Moves to regulate e-cigarettes and similar products as medicines come amid increasing evidence of their effectiveness

I’m all for people stopping smoking. But banning it in parks is not the answer

This is muddled policy that risks making the problem worse not better

Clacton Pier

Straight down the middle: I's easy to forget the British electoral sweet spot is in the centre ground

Disaffection with Westminster should not be interpreted as disaffection with centrist politics
On 30 September, at the Tory conference in Birmingham, the Enterprise Forum hosted an invitation-only reception with the CBI and George Osborne

Electoral Commission asked to investigate secretive lobby group over failure to declare donations

The Enterprise Forum hosts meetings and receptions with senior Tories
Ukip leader Nigel Farage with newly elected Ukip MP Douglas Carswell (right) after the party’s win in Clacton

Clacton by-election aftermath: Parties sent back to the doorstep for 2015 election

'Anti-politics' surge and low leader ratings are forcing campaign strategists back to basics
The Labour Party will highlight a list of

Lib Dem conference: Labour gets personal with new slogan 'You Can't Trust Nick Clegg'

Labour will launch a new slogan today accusing the Liberal Democrat leader of hypocrisy and broken promises.

Nick Clegg and his Lib Dems began their party conference in Glasgow on Saturday

Lib Dem conference: It is now make-or-break time for Nick Clegg

Despite – or perhaps because of – the Black (or Purple Paisley?) Saturday the Conservatives experienced last week, with a defection to Ukip and a pyjama'd sex scandal, the Tories were reinvigorated in Birmingham.

Theresa May

It's not hard to imagine Prime Minister Theresa May standing on the steps of Downing Street

Like Thatcher and Blair she knows her own mind, and her appeal is broad

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee