Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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Signs of the times: home ownership is at its lowest level for 30 years

Coaliton's NewBuy housing scheme is a 95 per cent failure, official figures reveal

The plan aimed to rebalance the property market, by stimulating prices outside London and the South East, and contribute to economic growth
The health watchdog Nice has ruled that births at home, or at a midwife-led unit, are safer than at hospital

Despite the latest advice on where to give birth, the ordeal I went through shows why hospital is still the best option

I cannot imagine what would have happened if I had stayed at home

Sir Bill Cash says a formal deal between the Tories and Ukip is unlikely

Eurosceptic claims 200 Tory MPs now favour a British exit from EU

Sir Bill Cash calls for nation to take 'associate status' – and no longer wants pact with Ukip
Andrew Mitchell, one of the earliest Tory MPs to use a bike, inspires both loyalty and loathing

Andrew Mitchell had form: The pattern of abuse heard in the High Court was shocking

If Mitchell's outburst at PC Rowland had been a one-off, it might have been forgivable

French former First Lady Valerie Trierweiler is at a book signing of her book, 'Thank You For This Moment: A Story Of Love, Power And Betrayal'.

Thank You for this Moment by Valerie Trierweiler, book review: A long and painful break-up letter

It is impossible not to feel desperately sorry for France's former First Lady

Lee Rigby report: What’s the use of spotting terrorist activity if you don’t tell anyone?

Companies like Facebook don't seem to think it's their job to report any signs of terrorist activity

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

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No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor