Jamie Merrill

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

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Former soldiers Andy MacFarlane and Julie Taylor, who now work at the Jaguar Land Rover plant in Solihull

Homeless Veterans appeal: Win-win covenant connects veterans with employers keen to use their skills

Jaguar Land Rover is helping former armed forces personnel make the transition to civvy street

The closure of Merok Park Nursing Home is the latest in a succession of high-profile scandals involving care and nursing homes. File photo

Merok Park Nursing Home closed due to 'overpowering smell of urine'

Home cares for 25 elderly patients with dementia, physical disability and sensor impairment

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai attends a press conference on Tuesday at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo ahead of the ceremony to present her with the award

Malala calls on David Cameron to do better on human rights and climate change

Campaigner will accept Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo

Alex Salmond recently announced that he will fight for a seat in the Westminster Parliament at next year’s election

Alex Salmond attacked for holding on to 'golden goodbye'

Scottish Labour Party criticise former First Minister

Michael Adebolajo in the dock in Kenya in 2010

Lee Rigby murder: Tory MP demands answers from security services over plan to recruit Michael Adebolajo

A Conservative MP has called for the security services to respond to claims that they were involved in the questioning and alleged mistreatment of Lee Rigby's killer by Kenyan security services in 2010, three years before he went on to murder the young soldier in south London.

British military base in Bahrain is a 'reward' for UK's silence on human rights, say campaigners

The £15m base will be able to host destroyers and the Royal Navy's powerful new Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers

Pandora Blake says the moves are an attack on a harmless industry

Porn regulation in the UK: It’s not as if we’re hurting anyone (else), say adult performers and producers

A new law will outlaw video-on-demand websites which showcase certain sexual practices. Jamie Merrill meets the practitioners with livelihoods on the line

Labour fury at Government decision not to send minister to Syria summit

Campaigners dismayed at Britain's unwillingness to admit vulnerable Syrian refugees

Bosses at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead have banned politicians for using the site “for political ends”

Royal Free Hospital bans political visits

It says: “Temperatures can become raised during election campaigns”

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts was a director of Marston’s brewery in Burton Upon Trent for 12 years

Tory peer blames Muslims for decline of pub industry

Former brewery owner Lord Hodgson's claim attracts derision

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