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Rob Merrick

Rob Merrick
Parliamentary Correspondent

Rob Merrick is an experienced Westminster journalist with more than a decade's experience reporting from parliament for a wide variety of national and regional newspapers, magazines and websites.

He has interviewed the last three prime ministers and covered all the big political stories of recent years - including general elections, the formation of the Coalition, plots against prime ministers and other party leaders, Budget statements and the expenses scandal.

Rob us now working as a freelance journalist, from his seat in the Westminster press gallery.