Jamie Merrill

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

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The Chickpea Sisters gave themselves their name in honour of their most commonly used ingredient

The Chickpea Sisters: Meet the migrant and refugee women coming together in the kitchen to put peace, love and harmony on the menu

They first came together to talk about their homelands, their struggles as newcomers to Britain and to eat and swap recipes. Now they plan to publish a cookbook

A revvy delight: the new Ford Focus

Ford Focus, motoring review: Less is more for this ubiquitous car. But you knew that

Price £23,520
Engine capacity 1.5-litre petrol
Power output (bhp@rpm) 182@6,000
Top speed (mph) 138
Fuel economy (mpg) 51.4
Co2 emissions (g/km) 127

British motorists caught speeding in their own vehicles on the Continent could have fines sent to their home addresses and be pursued in UK courts, under new plans to let European Union states access our motoring records for the first time

Bad driving in Europe could be punished in UK courts

MEPs to vote on law that will allow drivers to be pursued at home for offences committed abroad

Mike Hookem, in Hull, says Ukip will negotiate with Russia and end co-operation with France

Ukip’s man in khaki: forget Russia, it’s Argentina and Spain we need to fear

The colonies are our priorities, the party’s defence spokesman says

The Mercedes CLS 350 has been reborn with new engines and a nine-speed automatic gearbox

Mercedes CLS 350, motoring review: A Hilton on wheels for Mr Big and (some of) his children

PRICE £49,950
ENGINE CAPACITY 3.0-litre V6 diesel
POWER OUTPUT (bhp @ rpm) 258 @ 3,600
TOP SPEED (mph) 155
FUEL ECONOMY (mpg) 52.3
CO2 EMISSIONS (g/km) 142

The rise in road deaths follows five years of police cuts (Getty)

Dramatic rise in road deaths as numbers of traffic police fall

Casualties have jumped by a third in places as patrols on Britain's motorways have been cut

Exiled Bahrain activist who protested at Windsor Horse Show among 72 to have citizenship revoked

'This wasn’t a decision made in the courts in Bahrain, this was a decision made by a dictator to make me stateless', says activist

Huge drop in women and disabled people participating in sport after the Olympics

245,000 fewer people are participating in swimming

Beavers born in the wild in the UK are not thought to carry EM

Devon beavers can stay living in the wild, Natural England rules

First wild population of beavers for 500 years saved

The cartoon depicts the UK (far left) walking around a Syrian child refugee

Syrian cartoonist Ali Ferzat turns spotlight on UK’s failure to take in more refugees

In an exclusive artwork for The Independent, Ali Ferzat attacks Britain’s lack of ‘humanity’

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Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'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