Jerome Taylor

Jerome Taylor first came to The Independent in 2005 and joined the Foreign Desk. He is now a news reporter and the paper's Religious Affairs Correspondent.

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Claudia Greta, 40, mother of two living in Pata Ratslum, outside Romania’s second city, Cluj-Napoca: 'For 20 years we lived in real homes in town. Now we live on top of garbage. They gave us two days’ warning to pack. They came with police, with ambulances and told us we had to leave. They cut the electricity, water and gas. It was minus 20 outside, the children were freezing. So we had to go. The only reason was because we are Gypsy. And because we are registered as living on a garbage dump, it’s hard to get a job. There are a lot of Gypsies who perhaps steal and do bad things. We are not like that. If you do something wrong, you have to go to jail. But just because a Gypsy does something bad doesn’t mean we are all bad. The Roma in the UK, if they do bad things, they are giving all of us a bad name'

The truth about Romania's gypsies: Not coming over here, not stealing our jobs

New Neighbours of 2014, Part 1: Right-wing politicians and media are stoking fears that Romanian Gypsies plan to flock to Britain. But the reality is very different, the residents of the country's worst slums tell Jerome Taylor

New Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby reaffirms his opposition to gay marriage as he takes office

Election comes at a time of huge divisions within the Anglican Church

The Iranian told the High Court that he is living like a prisoner; he cannot stay, or leave

Iranian immigrant suffering 'delusional disorder' begs judge to be allowed to continue hunger strike even if it kills him

A hunger striking Iranian man begged a High Court judge this afternoon to let him continue his fast even if it results in his eventual death.

Three notorious Court of Protection hearings

After doctors today told the High Court that an Iranian immigrant on hunger strike must be force fed because a 'delusional disorder' renders him incapable of a decision on starvation, we look back at three other notorious Court of Protection hearings.

Iranian immigrant must be force fed because 'delusional disorder' renders him incapable of a decision on starvation, doctors tell High Court

50-year-old man stopped eating last May in protest at UK Border Agency's refusal to return his passport

Shaikh Shams Ad Duha, the Whitechapel imam

Imam speaks out against Muslim ‘vigilantes’

East London group that hounds people on the streets are branded ‘complete bigots’

Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who uncovered the scam, died in police custody

Exclusive: Briton who took on Sergei Magnitsky network faces libel case in UK

Moscow investigator takes on hedge fund magnate who says he was involved in $230m tax fraud and lawyer's death

Sergei Magnitsky: The Russian lawyer, who uncovered the fraud, died in prison in 2009

Lithuanian prosecutors open investigation into multi-million dollar tax fraud by Russian organised crime group

Prosecutors in Lithuania have opened an investigation into a multi-million dollar tax fraud carried out by a Russian organised crime group which used the Baltic nation’s banks to launder some of their money.

Bishop of Liverpool launches scathing attack on Government cuts programme

'Social diabetes' warning offered to cities hit hardest by budget changes

A refugee has gone on hunger strike to demand that the UK Border Agency returns his passport - and an unnamed NHS Trust has asked a court to decide if he can be forcibly fed

Doctors ask court to decide whether refugee on hunger strike can be forcibly fed

Doctors have asked a court to decide whether a refugee on hunger strike can be forcibly fed. The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons and is referred to in court documents as “A”, went on hunger strike to demand that the UK Border Agency returns his passport.

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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
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Let the propaganda wars begin - again

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Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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