Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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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

Unregulated ticket re-sale is a major concern for event organisers

Ministers let online touts off the hook and ignore pleas from arts and sports

Government plans to brush aside police concerns and lobbying by performers will keep punters in dark on face-value prices
Harriet Harman’s manifesto for women is likely to put off rather than attract voters

Labour's patronising manifesto and the trouble with 'women's issues'

The obsession with courting the mysterious 'women's vote' does not just preoccupy one party
David Cameron and Barack Obama meet in Washington this week

David Cameron to discuss growing threat of cyber attacks with President Obama

GCHQ report reveals that every day a British firm or organisation's website is being compromised by hackers
The NHS in England has missed its four-hour A&E waiting time target

The NHS crisis is a national emergency, not a political opportunity

Whatever the causes of this crisis, patients need politicians to occupy higher ground

More than £1m of taxpayers’ money has been spent on proposals for free schools that never opened

£1m of public money spent on 21 free schools that have never opened

More than £1m of public money has been spent on free schools that have failed to open, new figures revealed last night.

Shopper Beware: There are currently 17 consumer watchdogs

Labour urged to set up super ombudsman to give greater transparency and power to consumers

US-style Consumer Champion would replace 17 different watchdogs
Ellie Levenson’s The Election book demystifies politics for children

Are you sitting comfortably? Let's vote! New children's book primes the next generation for politics

'The Election' was crowdfunded through Kickstarter and received backing from representatives of the three main political parties
Stoke-on-Trent is one of about 2,000 cities to be classed as disaster resilient

Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

The city council's planning is less about preparing for an unexpected event such as a plane crash or earthquake, but more about dealing with things such as severe cold weather and flooding
Labour’s Alison McGovern, right, says politics has to catch up with the views of fathers with school-age children

Childcare 'not just a women's issue,' says shadow minister as she sets out her 'dadifesto'

Labour's spokeswoman for families Alison McGovern claims men are interested too
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Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
Welcome to the world of Megagames

Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before