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 Lib Dems are set to put their electoral hope in the “incumbency factor” after a ComRes poll showed a double-digit swing to the Tories across 14 constituencies in the south-west of England

General Election 2015: Lib Dems face disaster in the South-west as Tories target thin majorities

Conservatives launch concerted attack in key region which offers hope to all parties

English bluebells are in bloom now, and can crossbreed with others

Britain's bluebells now face a fight for their very survival

Our native flowers are under threat from a Spanish variety whose numbers have doubled in the past 15 years

The SL400 is what the car magazines rather patronisingly call a 'gentleman's cruiser'

Mercedes SL400, motoring review: This will do nicely, as long as you're not cruising for a bruiser

Jamie Merrill found the "gentleman's cruiser" to be a little too refined

Suzanne Evans has been tipped to succeed Nigel Farage as leader

General Election 2015: Suzanne Evans dismisses suggestions of Ukip leadership bid as 'rubbish'

Candidate admits she is unlikely to win her Shrewsbury seat - where there are few immigrants and little unemployment

The Suzuki Celerio has a top speed of 96mph

Suzuki Celerio, motoring review: A great runaround, but put the brakes on motorway trips

No matter how keenly the Celerio is priced, Jamie Merrill can't get over his first impressions: that Suzuki has missed a thing or two

Ukip’s HQ in Boston, where the party has been gaining ground here since 2012

General Election 2015: In Boston, Ukip hope to overturn a 12,000-vote Tory majority with its immigration policies

The town has been dubbed 'Little Poland' by some and 'Boston Lincolngrad' by parts of the right-wing press

Only three or four pairs of Hen Harriers remain in England and Wales

Plight of Britain's hen harriers sparks one of the countryside's fiercest debates

Conservationists and the shooting lobby are at loggerheads. Could a country estate manager have the answer to the problem?

Actor Vas Blackwood and Harry Redknapp star in 666Bet’s TV advert

Audi TT 2.0 TFSI Quattro: This new model reveals a bit of 'gender' transformation

When the Audi TT first launched in 1999, the conventional wisdom was that it was a 'girls' car. But the new TT is, if anything, a little more bloke-friendly

The opening of the new coal mine in Yorkshire will create 50 jobs

New Wakefield colliery to create 50 jobs and extract five million tons of coal by 2035

The £11.5m project will use 'state of the art' mining techniques

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The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
Number of young homeless in Britain 'more than three times the official figures'

'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
Compton Cricket Club

Compton Cricket Club

Portraits of LA cricketers from notorious suburb to be displayed in London
London now the global money-laundering centre for the drug trade, says crime expert

Wlecome to London, drug money-laundering centre for the world

'Mexico is its heart and London is its head'
The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court that helps a winner keep on winning

The Buddhist temple minutes from Centre Court

It helps a winner keep on winning
Is this the future of flying: battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks?

Is this the future of flying?

Battery-powered planes made of plastic, and without flight decks
Isis are barbarians – but the Caliphate is a dream at the heart of all Muslim traditions

Isis are barbarians

but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
The Brink's-Mat curse strikes again: three tons of stolen gold that brought only grief

Curse of Brink's Mat strikes again

Death of John 'Goldfinger' Palmer the latest killing related to 1983 heist
Greece debt crisis: 'The ministers talk to us about miracles' – why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum

'The ministers talk to us about miracles'

Why Greeks are cynical ahead of the bailout referendum
Call of the wild: How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate

Call of the wild

How science is learning to decode the way animals communicate
Greece debt crisis: What happened to democracy when it’s a case of 'Vote Yes or else'?

'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

If it doesn’t work in Europe, how is it supposed to work in India or the Middle East, asks Robert Fisk
The science of swearing: What lies behind the use of four-letter words?

The science of swearing

What lies behind the use of four-letter words?
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won't have him back

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Clive fled from Zimbabwe - now it won’t have him back
Africa on the menu: Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the continent

Africa on the menu

Three foodie friends want to popularise dishes from the hot new continent
Donna Karan is stepping down after 30 years - so who will fill the DKNY creator's boots?

Who will fill Donna Karan's boots?

The designer is stepping down as Chief Designer of DKNY after 30 years. Alexander Fury looks back at the career of 'America's Chanel'