Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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Margaret Thatcher resigned on 22nd November 1990

Nicola Sturgeon's rare achievement

The 22nd of November is a momentous day in history for women in politics. It was 24 years ago yesterday that Margaret Thatcher resigned as Prime Minister. On the same day, 15 years later, Angela Merkel became Chancellor of Germany.

Labour MPs said Ed Miliband could have avoided sacking Ms Thornberry

Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'

Ed Miliband didn't want a 'toxic' row, but he's still got one
George Eustice MP

Tory MP plays up his Ukip past to woo voters

As senior Conservatives watch for fresh defections, a government minister flaunts his anti-Europe credentials
Jane Merrick rides on a Micro Scooter through St James's Park, on November 18, 2014 in London, United Kingdom.

Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?

We adult scooters are so rare that when I see another one we exchange a little wave, like drivers of VW Beetles honking their horns at each other

There are better ways to improve the NHS than this online ratings system

When it comes to being treated, patients just want to be made better in the shortest amount of time

The Christmas Day truce as shown in the Sainsbury's ad is a reminder of how humans cling to peace

In place of hatred: The lesson of Christmas 1914

Sainsbury's Christmas advert is to be applauded for telling the story of the honour and heroism of British soldiers
A displaced Kurdish child at Suruc, on the Turkish-Syrian border

British failure to take Syrian refugees is 'neglect of duty,' says shadow Home Secretary

Yvette Cooper says 'the Government should be ashamed of its failure to support some of the most vulnerable people in the world'
Ukip’s deputy chairman and communities spokesperson Suzanne Evans is one of the rising stars of the party

Eurosceptic and male? Join the Peter Party!

Ukip's 2015 candidate list is rich in Peters and Davids while fewer than 10 per cent are female
The Prince of Wales receives a toy red squirrel for Prince George, presented by the Scottish Wildlife Trust during the visit to Murthly Castle, Perthshire to attend a reception mark the Trust's 50th anniversary

If Prince Charles wants everyone to love the countryside, he could start by giving some back

If landowners like him regarded the countryside as belonging to all of us, the gulf between urban and rural would narrow

The Chancellor has regular weekend parties at Dorneywood in Buckinghamshire

George Osborne's Dorneywood house parties come under Labour scrutiny

The Chancellor has regular weekend events at his lavish grace-and-favour residence in Buckinghamshire, but has never disclosed who he entertains
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Lost without a trace

But, a year on, the search continues for Flight MH370
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Germany's spy HQ springs a leak

Thieves break into new €1.5bn complex... to steal taps
International Women's Day 2015: Celebrating the whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Whirlwind wit of Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir's seminal feminist polemic, 'The Second Sex', has been published in short-form for International Women's Day
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Mark Zuckerberg’s hiring policy might suit him – but it wouldn’t work for me

Why would I want to employ someone I’d be happy to have as my boss, asks Simon Kelner
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Confessions of a planespotter

With three Britons under arrest in the UAE, the perils have never been more apparent. Sam Masters explains the appeal
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Russia's gulag museum

Ministry of Culture-run site 'makes no mention' of Stalin's atrocities
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The big fresh food con

Joanna Blythman reveals the alarming truth behind the chocolate muffin that won't decay
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Tim Willis reveals what it's like to live with an agony aunt on call 24/7
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Paris Fashion Week 2015

The wit and wisdom of Manish Arora's exercise in high camp
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Paul Scholes column

I don't believe Evans was spitting at Cissé. It was a reflex. But what the Newcastle striker did next was horrible
Miguel Layun interview: From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

From the Azteca to Vicarage Road with a million followers

Miguel Layun is a star in Mexico where he was criticised for leaving to join Watford. But he says he sees the bigger picture
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Khan ready to meet winner of Mayweather v Pacquiao

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Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable