Jane Merrick

Jane Merrick is Political Editor of The Independent on Sunday.

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David Cameron knows that help with childcare costs will put a million women in the workforce
Heat Reservoir: Bewl Water at Lamberhurst, Kent, could provide a site for heat pumps

Exclusive: Renewable energy from rivers and lakes could replace gas in homes

A revolutionary system using water-sourced heat pumps is being tested on a new development

Forget about that glass ceiling, women should be pushing through the ‘sticky door’

That's the advice of the new deputy governor of the Bank of England, Nemat Shafik

Lib Dems viewed the Rose Garden moment as 'sick-inducing'

Cameron/Clegg Rose Garden love-in was 'sickening', says Lib Dem adviser Julia Goldsworthy

Many Liberal Democrat activists would have found the Rose Garden love-in between David Cameron and Nick Clegg “sick-inducing”, a senior Lib Dem adviser has said.

37 per cent of Azaaz online survey wanted action on “preventing catastrophic climate change”

Public opinion: Activists 'take the world's pulse' in largest ever poll - but what do people across the globe want most?

In a new online survey, 116,000 people in 194 countries picked their priorities for 2014. Top of the (long) list? 'Fighting political corruption'. Jane Merrick reports on a new, action-based global order

Sheryl Sandberg is one of many faces backing the new #BanBossy campaign

Banning the word "bossy" is wrong

Instead of wanting to ban words, a stronger, more empowering message to girls and young women would be to embrace adversity

Scot free? The Yes to independence movement has focused on a grassroots campaign

Scottish independence: Alex Salmond accuses Westminster's 'daytrippers' of 'scaremongering'

With six months to go until the referendum, support for the 'Yes' campaign rising and one in 10 voters still undecided, the First Minister lays into Tory-led 'No' emissaries

One Direction won the Global Success and Best British Video awards at the Brit Awards 2014

One Direction fans should be lobbying the band, not just George Osborne

The boyband urged its army of followers to lobby the Chancellor to maintain the UK’s international aid budget and crack down on corporate tax avoidance

Clegg’s free school meals plan may have some glitches, but who cares?

Both sides of this argument could go on until the next election

Ed Miliband meets the troops in Camp Bastion in Afghanistan

Labour promises anti-abuse law for armed forces

Verbally abusing or discriminating against members of the Armed Forces will be made illegal in the first year of a Labour government, Ed Miliband pledged yesterday as he visited British troops in Afghanistan.

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'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
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A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing
Al Pacino wows Venice

Al Pacino wows Venice

Ham among the brilliance as actor premieres two films at festival
Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

Neil Lawson Baker interview

‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.
The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

The other Mugabe who is lining up for the Zimbabwean presidency

Wife of President Robert Mugabe appears to have her sights set on succeeding her husband
The model of a gadget launch: Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed

The model for a gadget launch

Cultivate an atmosphere of mystery and excitement to sell stuff people didn't realise they needed
Alice Roberts: She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
Get well soon, Joan Rivers - an inspiration, whether she likes it or not

Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
Doctor Who Into the Dalek review: A classic sci-fi adventure with all the spectacle of a blockbuster

A fresh take on an old foe

Doctor Who Into the Dalek more than compensated for last week's nonsensical offering