Jamie Merrill

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

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Russell Brand puts a fake eviction notice on The Benyon Estate office as he joins a group of east London residents who protest against rising housing prices

First victory for Russell Brand's 'revolution' as Tory MP's New Era Estate company pulls out of Hoxton development

Brand marched alongside local residents to protest against plans alleged to increase rent to up to £2,000 a month

Edward Timpson, the minister for Children and Families, said: 'The new Adoption Support Fund will be a vital lifeline for many adoptive families'

Adoptive families given a helping hand by new £20m support fund

The money will pay for behavioural therapy, play and music to help girls and boys come to terms with adoption
Vigilant Charity founder Virginia McKenna

Born Free Foundation outwits the poachers, crusading to remove snares in Kenya

Virginia McKenna's legendary wildlife charity marks its 30th anniversary with a new scheme in Kenya, as she explains to Jamie Merrill

Hospitals and A&E units across England will receive £300m to help see them through “unprecedented extra demand” this winter

Hospitals and A&Es to get extra £300m to combat 'unprecedented' winter pressure

Patients urged to visit local pharmacies as part of plan to avert NHS winter crisis

NHS England has called for all of Mr D'Mello's former patients to be tested for blood-borne viruses

Police probe into dentist patient death follows biggest recall of patients in NHS history

Fears that up to 22,000 patients could be at risk

David Cameron with President Kikwete

British couple attack trade mission to Tanzania after death threats

Sarah Hermitage and Stewart Middleton say Britain is dishonestly promoting East African country as a safe place to invest
Sir David Attenborough and gorillas in Rwanda, 1979

Sir David Attenborough facing new battle to save the gorillas

An oil company's alleged interest in primates' habitat sparks outrage
This season is the seventh year Peter Bullock has fished for sardines, and he has often brought in as much as 20 tonnes of fish a night

When is a pilchard not a pilchard? When it's a sardine! Sales of the once-neglected fish are booming, thanks to rebranding

Waitrose has reported a 19 per cent rise in sales of the once-forgotten fish, while high-end restaurants have put them back on the menu
The Folkestone Zombie Walk

Keep the undead out of Folkestone: Unlikely zombie row infects seaside town

Residents split on charity zombie march

Pocket rocket: the new Audi S1

Audi S1, motoring review: Britain's clogged roads are no place for this pocket rocket

Price: £24,900
Engine capacity: 2.0-litre petrol
Power output (bhp @ rpm): 228 @ 6,000
Top speed (mph): 155
Fuel economy (mpg): 40.3
CO2 emissions (g/km): 162

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Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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The enemy within

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

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
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'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
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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
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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
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America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
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