Rob Merrick, The Independent

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The Independent

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Past articles by Rob:

Students face ‘hardship’ as botched inflation rise leaves them £1,000 worse off

Ministers under fire as maintenance loans go up by just 2.3 per cent – when inflation is 10.2 per cent → Read More

Health chiefs acted to stop diphtheria outbreak at asylum centre, minister insists

Steve Barclay, the health secretary, denies negligence – arguing more than 500 people at Manston were vaccinated → Read More

Cabinet minister hints at onshore wind ban climbdown as Tory revolt grows

Grant Shapps claims there is ’not really a row’ because government and rebels have same aim of ‘local consent’ → Read More

Brexit: Plans for costly new tests on goods before sale shelved in another U-turn

Businesses had protested that the ‘UKCA’ quality mark represented pointless and costly red tape → Read More

Brexit ‘damage’ is cause of ‘austerity budget’, says ex-Bank of England economist

‘The need for tax rises, spending cuts, wouldn’t be there, if Brexit hadn’t reduced the economy’s potential output’ → Read More

Brexit: Just 0.1% of asylum seekers returned as a result of extra ‘bureaucracy’

Just 21 out of 15,898 people assessed by new unit – set up after returns agreement was lost – have left UK → Read More

Rishi Sunak scraps plan to axe 91,000 civil service jobs admitting ‘top-down targets’ fail

Ban on fast-stream recruitment of graduates – imposed by Boris Johnson – also lifted → Read More

Anger as MP who suggested cutting abortion time limit is made minister for women

Maria Caulfield also voted against legalisation of abortion in Northern Ireland and was officer of pro-life group → Read More

Parents want election as they ‘pay the price’ for crashed economy, Starmer says

Labour leader repeats call for voters to have their say – as Independent petition reaches 450,000 → Read More

Brexit: One in five small businesses now unable to trade with EU

British Chambers of Commerce urges government to ‘cut red tape on UK-EU goods movements’ → Read More

Rishi Sunak brings back fracking ban lifted by Liz Truss

But new PM suggests he will reimpose effective ban on onshore wind farms – which his predecessor wanted to remove → Read More

Rishi Sunak delays ‘Budget’ by nearly three weeks

Jeremy Hunt says shelving until 17 November is ‘best way to ensure decisions we take stand the test of time’ → Read More

Foreign secretary denies Rishi Sunak did ‘grubby’ deal to bring back scandal-hit Braverman

James Cleverly accused of ‘insulting ‘intelligence’ of ‘public by denying home secretary was rewarded for endorsement → Read More

Inquiry demanded into Braverman’s shock cabinet return after sacking over security breach

‘If it is confirmed that Suella Braverman repeatedly broke the ministerial code and threatened national security, she must be sacked’ → Read More

‘Budget’ announced for next week likely to be delayed, foreign secretary suggests

‘That date was set by the previous prime minister....obviously things have changed’ → Read More

Shock return of Suella Braverman taints Rishi Sunak’s vow to lead government with ‘integrity’

Reward for home secretary who broke ministerial code – six days ago – seen as evidence of new PM’s dependence on Tory right → Read More

Michael Gove back in cabinet just two months after calling time on career

Rishi Sunak has stressed commitment to troubled levelling up agenda – and Mr Gove want to ‘finish the job’ → Read More

Rishi Sunak re-appoints Jeremy Hunt as chancellor

Dominic Raab walks up Downing Street ahead of return to top cabinet job – as deputy prime minister → Read More

Joe Biden muddles up Rishi Sunak’s name and mocks Tory chaos

’As my brother would say, ‘Go figure!’’ – US President says with a grin, after three prime ministers in seven weeks → Read More

Liz Truss doubles down on disastrous ‘growth’ plan in farewell speech

No contrition from outgoing prime minister – despite failure of 49-day premiership which crashed the economy and shredded public trust → Read More