Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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The heavy rain that hit London and the South-east earlier this month is part of the cycle of climate change, say scientists

Government facing four challenges in bid to tackle climate change, think-tank claims

Experts call for Obama-style audit to assess damage of changing temperatures
Afzal Amin is the Tory candidate for Dudley North

Exclusive: We share blame for creating 'jihad generation', says Muslim strategist

Young followers of Islam in British inner cities have been left disenfranchised by society, a former senior Army officer says

Overhaul childcare funding to ensure best quality service, says major new report

Following the example of Norway and Germany could raise the standard of education for poorer children
There are now half a million self-service checkouts in operation across Britain's leading supermarkets

What's the point of paying for service if you then have to do the work yourself?

The service industry – the engine of the British economy – is turning into the non-service industry

Doctors from Médecins Sans Frontières treat a patient suspected to have the Ebola virus in 2007 in Congo

Ebola outbreak: Western drugs firms have not tried to find vaccine 'because virus only affects Africans', says UK's top public health doctor

Professor John Ashton accuses pharmaceutical industry of 'moral bankruptcy'
Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

A European Commission with only two or three women is 'not credible', says new president Jean-Claude Juncker

The formation of the new European Commission could be delayed as there are not enough women being nominated by member states, Jean-Claude Juncker has warned EU leaders.

Nick Clegg's move away from the Conservatives offers an insight into the lines being drawn up for the up-coming election

Nick Clegg to announce break from Tories on immigration

Lib Dem leader will stress party's role in ending child detention and pledge to ensure migrants are fairly paid

Something for Cobra to bite on: It's worth paying for the elderly

Social care doesn't sound as dramatic as Ebola, but there should be more urgency around how we will support our growing elderly population over the next decade
The first woman in the Royal Navy is history to command a major warship

If we want true gender equality, Commander Sarah West must be treated the same as any man

And that means no concessions for wrongdoing

Women can be deliberately excluded from the stereotypically 'masculine' engineering industry

Gender equality in government: Women want to be drivers too

If it is always men who are formulating policies, devising strategy, building the car, women aren't going to want to drive it
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