Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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Nadhim Zahawi’s family lost their home after his father invested in a company that went bankrupt

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Tory MPs must resist being jubilant about economic growth and the Labour leader’s failure to mention the deficit in his speech

Ed Miliband is faltering and the deficit is down, but it's too soon to start start 'high-fiving' just yet, says polling expert

Nadhim Zahawi warns Conservatives that, despite Labour leader's slip, they haven't convinced voters on key issues
Justine Thornton, accomplished barrister, trotted out at conference as Ed Miliband’s PWAG

In praise of authenticity: If he's going to win the next election, Ed Miliband needs to be real

Someone needs to tell the Labour leader that he should just be himself
Dave Lee Travis leaves Southwark Crown Court after being found guilty of indecent assault

Ignore his fame and the tale of Dave Lee Travis is all too familiar

He attacked his complainants as liars and fantasists, not unique behaviour among defendants accused of sexual offences

Liz Kendall said older people and their families faced a minefield of information and different organisations and authorities to deal with

Elderly will have single point of contact for care, promises Labour

Liz Kendall says minefield of different authorities can be baffling

The victory of the NO campaign was confirmed at 6.08am on Friday morning

Scottish referendum: Partisan fallout, Gordon Brown's comeback and Elizabeth, the Queen of unity

Almost an hour of wondrous unity, but a new dawn for politics? Barely

Chuka Umunna was elected MP for Streatham in 2010

Labour conference: Chuka Umunna, the outsider of Westminster, says 'I've never been at ease here'

Tipped to replace Ed Miliband as Labour leader, the Shadow Business Secretary talks to Jane Merrick

Ed Miliband at the Labour conference in Manchester on Saturday

Labour conference: Ed Miliband to present 'plan for Britain' over low pay and housing crisis

Leader sets out to show he is Downing Street material. Political editor Jane Merrick reports

The Prime Minister David Cameron speaks outside Downing Street after the result of the Scottish Referendum

Scottish referendum results: And now for the West Lothian question – but resolving it won’t be easy

This result heralds major changes to our constitutional structure, and that’s invigorating

Lorena Ochoa tees off from the 18th with the St Andrews clubhouse in the background, during the 2007 Women's British Open

There’s a momentous vote in Scotland today: St Andrews may admit women golfers

If clubs want to stem the decline in their membership – and finances – they need to look at their own culture

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee