Jamie Merrill

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

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A huge rise in visitors to exhibitions at subsidised venues such as the British Museum has increased the number of wealthy charity beneficiaries

Middle classes use charity services far more than Britain's poor

Those on more than £55,000 used an average of 3.9 charity services last year

Joseph Kynaston Reeves arguing with Russell Brand outside the RBS’s London offices on Friday

RBS analyst’s open letter to Russell Brand goes viral

Joseph Kynaston Reeves letter is the shot heard around the world

The wood-clad Hide overlooks Loch Nevis

Knoydart Hide, Inverie: Hide and seek in a stunning setting

You'll be torn between cosying up in this decadent retreat for two and exploring the scenery outside

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

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The saffron censorship that governs India: Why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression

The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
Distressed Zayn Malik fans are cutting themselves - how did fandom get so dark?

How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
The galaxy collisions that shed light on unseen parallel Universe

The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower