Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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Liz Kendall: ‘What matters is what works’, in the NHS

Labour party leadership: Blairite Liz Kendall emerges as a fresh rival to Ed Miliband

The shadow Health minister gives 'signal of intent' that she is considering standing if Mr Miliband fails to win the general election

Favourite political subject: Winston Churchill

We say we want our politicians to be more human – but we damn them when they are

If we mourn the passing of the Churchill era then we need to cut our representatives more slack

Katie Price puts her hand over Laura Bates' t-shirt which says 'No More Page Three' ahead of the panel debate 'Does Page 3 make the world a better place?' at the Women of the World event at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London

How do we celebrate both press freedom and the ending of Page 3? Very easily

The campaign to bring this ‘Sun’ institution to an end was a model of its kind

The Oscar-nominated ‘Whiplash’ may hold advice for party members voting for new leaders

On the leadership beat: Introducing Westminster's born drummers

In politics, as in music, there are some who are great at leading the band, and others who are better suited to the background

Reports have been circulating for weeks that Labour wants to “decapitate” the Lib Dems by ousting Mr Clegg from his Westminster seat on 7 May

So was Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband's meeting in Sheffield more Brief Encounter or Love Story?

Their chance meeting at the city's railway station will be pored over by Westminster Kremlinologists

Nick Clegg with Zigi Shipper, an 84-year-old Holocaust survivor (Teri Pengilley)

Nick Clegg guarantees funds for lessons on the Holocaust

Deputy PM renews warning that anti-Semitism is a 'light sleeper' as he meets concentration camp survivor

A fifth of children currently leave primary school unable to read or write properly (Getty)

Every child will be able to read by 2025, pledge the Lib Dems

Save the Children welcome the move

Kingston upon Thames could sever all links from central government and become a flagship independent authority

Tory-controlled Kingston upon Thames council could be the first to become flagship independent authority

But setting the town hall free from council-tax capping arrangements would be controversial

When will judges learn – if a teacher has sex with a teenage pupil, only the teacher is to blame

Accusing a 16-year-old girl of  ‘grooming’ a man of 44? What kind of message is that?

Lewis Daynes, left, was jailed for life for murdering 14-year-old Breck Bednar

Breck Bednar was murdered after being groomed on the internet. When are we going to start policing it properly?

Civil liberties must take a back seat in the wake of this appalling case

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Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'
10 best statement lightbulbs

10 best statement lightbulbs

Dare to bare with some out-of-the-ordinary illumination
Wimbledon 2015: Heather Watson - 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Heather Watson: 'I had Serena's poster on my wall – now I'm playing her'

Briton pumped up for dream meeting with world No 1
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

It's time for big John Isner to produce the goods to go with his thumping serve
Dustin Brown: Who is the tennis player who knocked Rafael Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?

Dustin Brown

Who is the German player that knocked Nadal out of Wimbeldon 2015?
Ashes 2015: Damien Martyn - 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Damien Martyn: 'England are fired up again, just like in 2005...'

Australian veteran of that Ashes series, believes the hosts' may become unstoppable if they win the first Test
Tour de France 2015: Twins Simon and Adam Yates have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Twins have a mountain to climb during Tour of duty

Yates brothers will target the steepest sections in bid to win a stage in France
John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy