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 Lexus NX300h is their latest hybrid SUV

Lexus NX300h, motoring review: Built for Tokyo's streets, not rural British A-roads

Jamie Merrill was cursing the vague steering and bumpy ride on a drive from Cardiff to Aberystwyth

Expanding patients lists and problems with recruiting new doctors are among the main challenges for many general practices in England

500% increase in GP practises seeking advice on closure

169 GP surgeries contacted NHS England between April and December last year for advice on closing

The lack of a strategic plan to exploit new technologies means the UK may miss out on chances to improve road safety, reduce pollution and create new jobs

Government accused of being asleep at the wheel over failure to exploit £900bn new car technology revolution

Parliamentary report says 'smart' vehicles and highways could save lives but research is not being exploited

John Legend responds to criticism over Bahrain gig amid human rights concerns

Exclusive: Campaigners have attacked the singer for agreeing to perform at a government-backed event in a country which has been linked to human rights abuses

The 27-year-old is believed to have left Britain in 2012

'Jihadi John': World's media flock to several addresses in hunt for his family home

The family’s current home sits between slightly rundown social housing blocks, but is less than a mile from the affluent streets of Maida Vale and Little Venice

61 per cent of Paddy Power’s 327 betting shops are located in areas with above average levels of non-UK born population

Paddy Power 'targeting' ethnic minority communities, claims fair gambling charity

Fixed odds betting terminals have been dubbed the 'crack cocaine of gambling'

Ken Shuttleworth was behind the designs for 'the Gherkin'

Architects are branded ‘arrogant and egotistical’ – by one of their own

Ken Shuttleworth labels architects “absolute bastards”

Bob Kindness, who released 330,000 young salmon into the river Carron last year

Is a controversial breeding project the saviour of wild salmon, or is it wreaking havoc with nature?

Project has led to dramatic increases in stock in a Highland river, but conservationists are wary

Victoria Ayling is bringing the fight to Grimsby, which Labour has held since 1945

General Election 2015: Has the tide turned for Ukip in Grimsby?

The former fishing town has few migrants, but plenty of economic problems. Jamie Merrill sees Ukip’s northern ambitions

Austin Mitchell is stepping down at the election

Labour MP Austin Mitchell: 'Even if we selected a raving alcoholic sex paedophile we wouldn't lose Grimsby'

Outgoing Labour MP dismisses Ukip's chances of winning in Lincolnshire coastal constituency

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