Jamie Merrill

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

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End third-rate devolution: Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood on a doorstep campaign

Plaid Cymru scent Lib Dem blood in Wales as general election approaches

With polls showing the party's support sinking to 6 per cent, even safe seats are targets

A House of Lords report called this week for ‘geo-fencing’ to hardwire ‘no-fly’ zones into drones

Legal loophole allowing drones to fly with impunity over Balmoral and Chequers

Criminals and terrorists could launch an attack or steal vital information, security experts warn

Drones are increasingly used by hobbyists and private individuals

House of Lords inquiry calls for app to track suspicious drones

The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry is enjoying a boom

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”

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So the young risk their lives and run for it
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Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy
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'Everything changed when I went to the hostel'

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