Jamie Merrill

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

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Green candidate Darren Hall on the doorstep in Bristol

Election 2015: Opportunity knocks, or call my bluff? Green candidate Darren Hall thinks he can win in Bristol West...

... but the incumbent Lib Dem’s 10,000-vote majority may be in the way. Jamie Merrill reports from a constituency where the party’s surge is being put to the test

Jeremy and co have all missed the point about the new Lexus RC F

Lexus RC F - I drove the last car Clarkson reviewed for Top Gear

'Jeremy had this one last week and left it in a bit of a mess'

French emergency services workers (back) and members of the French gendarmerie gather in Seyne, south-eastern France, near the site where a Germanwings Airbus A320 crashed in the French Alps

Germanwings crash: Chain of problems may have contributed to disaster

Nothing will be certain until the black box recorders are analysed

The Bloodhound project aims to visit 6,000 schools and reach as many as 8.5 million children by 2018

Land speed record: British-built hybrid rocket car aims to be the fastest on Earth

Bloodhound SSC will attempt to set a new standard in South Africa's Kalahari desert

The post by Bahrain's Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifaon Instagram was captioned: “That’s how its feels, and sounds when you run in the Hyde Park, London.”

Human rights activists demand arrest of prince accused of torture during Bahrain uprising

Campaigners hope today's 'dossier' will encourage police to question Prince Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa while he is London

Phillip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary

British naval base in Bahrain faces legal challenge over human rights abuses

Moosa Mohammed, allegedly tortured by Bahrain, is set to seek a judicial review over the decision

King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa is increasingly sidelined

British Navy base in Bahrain faces legal challenge after 'not taking human rights record into account'

Activists cite rules that call on ministers to consider 'human rights implications' on agreements with overseas allies

'Design by numbers': the new Nissan Pulsar

Nissan Pulsar, motoring review: I'm all for frugality, but stay away from the spare parts bin

It feels like Nissan's accountants spotted a segment they were missing out on

An anti-government protest in the village of Jannusan, west of Manama, last year

Government refuses to release details of relationship with authoritarian Bahrain

Campaigners asked the Information Rights Tribunal to intervene

End third-rate devolution: Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood on a doorstep campaign

Plaid Cymru scent Lib Dem blood in Wales as general election approaches

With polls showing the party's support sinking to 6 per cent, even safe seats are targets

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