Jamie Merrill

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

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Issues in Brussels and Strasbourg, above, over use of staff

General Election 2015: British MEPs may be in breach of EU rules over party campaigning

Ukip is likely to be at the heart of the 'ongoing' inquiry into the staff of 13 British MEPs from Ukip, Labour and the Conservative Party

The British Homing World Show of the Year 2015

Pigeon fanciers and the RSPB wage battle in the skies over threat posed by birds of prey

The Raptor Alliance has launched a lobby campaign seeking support from prospective parliamentary candidates for a change to the 1981 Wildlife Act

The meeting has been condemned by human rights groups

Dissidents’ fury at Hammond’s 'secret' Bahrain visit

The Foreign Secretary was challenged at hustings over ‘secret’ meeting with Crown Prince

The Skoda Octavia Scout will go places most estate cars won’t

Skoda Octavia Scout, motoring review: A dream doggie carrier - with cash to spare for pet food

The Octavia Scout is a member of a growing tribe of soft-road estates for country-loving folk

The Lib Dems are set to put their electoral hope in the “incumbency factor” after a ComRes poll showed a double-digit swing to the Tories across 14 constituencies in the south-west of England

General Election 2015: Lib Dems face disaster in the South-west as Tories target thin majorities

Conservatives launch concerted attack in key region which offers hope to all parties

English bluebells are in bloom now, and can crossbreed with others

Britain's bluebells now face a fight for their very survival

Our native flowers are under threat from a Spanish variety whose numbers have doubled in the past 15 years

The SL400 is what the car magazines rather patronisingly call a 'gentleman's cruiser'

Mercedes SL400, motoring review: This will do nicely, as long as you're not cruising for a bruiser

Jamie Merrill found the "gentleman's cruiser" to be a little too refined

Suzanne Evans has been tipped to succeed Nigel Farage as leader

General Election 2015: Suzanne Evans dismisses suggestions of Ukip leadership bid as 'rubbish'

Candidate admits she is unlikely to win her Shrewsbury seat - where there are few immigrants and little unemployment

The Suzuki Celerio has a top speed of 96mph

Suzuki Celerio, motoring review: A great runaround, but put the brakes on motorway trips

No matter how keenly the Celerio is priced, Jamie Merrill can't get over his first impressions: that Suzuki has missed a thing or two

Ukip’s HQ in Boston, where the party has been gaining ground here since 2012

General Election 2015: In Boston, Ukip hope to overturn a 12,000-vote Tory majority with its immigration policies

The town has been dubbed 'Little Poland' by some and 'Boston Lincolngrad' by parts of the right-wing press

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'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
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
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
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
14 best kids' hoodies

14 best kids' hoodies

Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk