Jamie Merrill

Jamie Merrill is a news reporter and feature writer for The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and i.

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Rev-happy: the new BMW M235i convertible

BMW M235i convertible, motoring review: This dinky coupé is more fun than a Ferrari

The M235i has power you can use without killing yourself, says Jamie Merrill

Rising numbers of vulnerable and elderly people will be left competing for increasingly 'rationed' care as providers struggle to pay the new national living wage to workers

Budget 2015: Social care providers will struggle to pay new living wage, say charities

Vulnerable and elderly people will be left competing for increasingly 'rationed' care as providers struggle to pay the new national living wage to workers

The specimen of mould signed by Sir Alexander Fleming

Mould which revolutionised medicine and saved millions sold for £4,649 at auction

The specimen was part of the research by Sir Alexander Fleming that led to the discovery of penicillin and heralded the age of the antibiotics

Budget 2015: Greener car discounts to be removed to pay for new road-building fund

Osborne said the current system of discounted vehicle excise duty for greener vehicles 'isn’t sustainable and it isn’t fair'

Common and grey seals are protected under Scottish law but fish farms and salmon fishermen can apply for a licence to cull them

Salmon farms that slaughter protected seals to be 'named and shamed' after landmark ruling

Campaigners have won a victory against the £400m a year salmon industry

For the first time a list of drones used by government departments will be published

Government to release secret details about the use of drones over UK skies

The move is a significant victory by campaigners

The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham

Data protection regulator launches staunch defence of Freedom of Information Act

The staunch defence comes as Justice Secretary Michael Gove announces a crackdown on freedom of information laws

Smooth operator: the new Ford Mondeo

All-New Ford Mondeo, motoring review: Mondeo Man is still stuck in the middle lane

It feels as though Ford has evolved, rather than making a radical jump

Legal aid boycott: Court chaos expected as lawyers refuse to take up new cases

As a boycott by lawyers of legal aid work begins in protest at cuts in fees, Jamie Merrill investigates the impact

Orkney Island farmers forced to sell cattle early after increased rainfall and low temperatures

As England and Wales bask in a heatwave, the far-flung Scottish island suffered temperatures 15C lower after three times the average rainfall in May

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