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Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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

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

The London Marathon is this weekend

Westminster's own marathon: Sacrificing high ideals for low politics

Among the 35,000 runners in today's London Marathon are 10 MPs – six Labour and four Conservative (I don't know why there aren't any Lib Dems, but I guess you can't run in sandals, ho ho). This is the largest contingent from Parliament ever to run in the world's greatest 26.2-mile endurance race, and between them they will raise thousands of pounds for charity. Rivalries across the Commons have been suspended, with sponsorship from Labour to Tory and vice versa, including donations from George Osborne to Ed Balls and Sadiq Khan. Khan, a first-time runner in the marathon who has already raised more than £15,000 for the Evening Standard's Dispossessed Fund, tells me that, after one of the worst weeks for MPs, the cross-party support and hard work for charity shows that Westminster's politicians are not all "greedy money-grabbers".

The Department for Transport has cut funding for the Access for All programme

Funding cuts hit station access for disabled travellers

The legacy of London's Paralympic Games is in question as £18m is withheld from scheme to make more rail travel accessible

Tesco’s nut-warning labelling madness

The supermarket has gone too far by slapping a blanket 'May contain nuts' on nearly everything

What happened to Cameron’s pledge to increase the number of women in Cabinet? Replacing Maria Miller with Sajid Javid doesn’t exactly help

The Prime Minister has had plenty of time to rectify this imbalance – and he has failed

Michael Dugher, who is heading Labour’s election campaign

Labour would fast-track working-class and ethnic minority applicants to top of civil service

Higher diversity targets will be set in the party's manifesto

Two-thirds of rescued children go missing once they are back in care homes

Trafficked victims need guardians, say campaigners

Charities and peers are demanding more protection for children who are snatched from care homes

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