Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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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

A mother and child receive first aid as they disembark in Italy on Saturday

Migrants crossing the Mediterranean: Pope Francis joins calls for EU action on boat refugees

The death rate has risen 50 fold since Italy's Mare Nostrum policy was replaced by a more limited operation within 30 miles of the coast

Ready for the hoe-down? Because gardening is the new clubbing

A new generation is taking up the trowel, says the RHS

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