Jamie Merrill

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

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A Ukip canvasser

Clacton by-election: A bit early for Ukip to celebrate, but there’s only one party

Douglas Carswell is taking many Tory voters with him to Ukip. Jamie Merrill visits the Essex town ahead of Thursday’s poll

Stunt BMX rider Danny MacAskill

Video: Thrill-seeker Danny MacAskill takes death-defying ride along the 992-metre drop of The Cuillin Ridge

Thrill-seeker MacAskill's latest film not only demonstrates his incredible skill on two wheels but also the breathtaking scenery that the knife-edge ridge offers

The Mercedes C-Class, motoring review: IT has some clever kit that’s ahead of its time

It's not cheap but it does include some clever design cues

Maasai Warrior, Ngorongoro, Serengeti , Tanzania: The Maasai are one of the 'last great warrior cultures', says Nelson, but are increasingly found in cities, selling modern goods such as mobile phones, alongside goats and cows

'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Indigenous peoples have been documented before, but the results have often been 'patronising', says Jimmy Nelson. So he travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style

The National Assembly for Wales in Cardiff

Wales 'must have the same powers as Scotland,' says Plaid Cymru leader

Leanne Wood believes the Welsh are in danger of becoming 'spectators' in the UK

Divine comedy as clergyman quarrels with Bath Abbey buskers

Uneasy peace follows bitter row over “offensively” loud street musicians

Audi A6 Ultra

Audi A6 Ultra, motoring review: I see the light in the new frugal model (but not in a good way)

Price: £34,365
Engine capacity: 2.0-litre diesel
Power output: (BHP @ RPM) 187 @ 3,800
Top speed (MPH): 144
Fuel economy (MPG): 64.2
CO2 emissions (g/km): 114

Beavers have been filmed in the River Otter – the first sighting in England for centuries

Government plans to capture 'wild' Devon beavers unlawful, says Friends of the Earth

A leading environmental charity has called for an “immediate halt” to Government plans to capture England’s only wild beaver population.

The futuristic landmark Selfridges store at The Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham. The second city is one of the ten who've joined the call to seize back control from Westminster

UK’s biggest cities demand devolution 'at same speed as Scotland'

Cardiff and Glasgow among UK cities calling for regional devolution

The Accident and Emergency unit of St Thomas' Hospital in London

Treat cardiac arrest patients at the scene, says top doctor

Hospital has no advantage over paramedic care most of the time

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Woman who was sent to three Nazi death camps describes how she escaped the gas chamber

Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea