Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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Jenny Willott: a strong voice for women

Female Lib Dem minister makes Cabinet history

Jenny Willott's promotion gives her party a gender equality boost after the Lord Rennard scandal
A man walks past a William Hill betting shop
New houses at Paulton, Bristol – but many more homes are needed

Build to Rent scheme falls far short of target

Some 10,000 homes were pledged for would-be tenants, but the first projects are slow in coming

The former Home Office minister advises Ed Miliband to acknowledge the benefits migrants bring

Ed Miliband lacks ‘courage’, says former minister

Barbara Roche is adamant that Labour’s leader must confront Ukip on immigration – and soon

The controversial Mirror front

How to picture child poverty: The Mirror may have used a stock photo, but there was nothing fake about the story

Is there no similar girl aged four crying out of hunger today?

Axelrod watches Obama speak back in 2012

Mixed message: Ed Miliband’s new aide David Axelrod made ads for major US power firm

Ed Miliband faced embarrassment over his new strategy chief David Axelrod yesterday when two adverts produced by the US elections guru were released.

The Temple of Aeolus at Kew Gardens, west London

Protest at Kew Gardens' endangered jobs and funds reaches 50,000 – and growing

Sir David Attenborough joins campaigners tackling the Government over cuts at the research centre

All-male club: Top, from left, Frank Green, Martin Post, Tim Coulson; below, Paul Smith, Pank Patel and Sir David Carter

It’s two decades since ‘education, education, education’, but still Britain’s primary school admissions are a farce

Choice? There is absolutely zero when it comes to getting your child into a school

Ed Miliband and his wife in Jerusalem

Ed Miliband: On the road to Jerusalem

He's a little hazy about Disraeli, but the Labour leader's foreign policy focus is strong, he tells Jane Merrick

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'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
Radio Times female powerlist: A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering