James Cusick

James Cusick is political correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. As an experienced member of the lobby, he has previously worked at The Sunday Times and the BBC. His career as a journalist has been split between print and television, including senior positions as producer with Sir David Frost and at BBC Newsnight. He is also an award-winning golf and travel writer, working for over a decade as the UK contributing editor for one of the USA’s leading golf magazines. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC and CNN. He lives in London.

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Lord Smith (back centre) Commission chair for the Smith Commission in Edinburgh, begins all-party talks aimed at reaching agreement on what new powers should be devolved to Scotland

Smith Commission on Scottish devolution meets for the first time

Black-out agreed on substance of all-party talks

Maintenence personel check a US Predator drone at Fort Huachuca, Arizona

British drone operators could be breaking international law, says former GCHQ chief

British military and intelligence personnel working at US Air Force bases on the controversial drones programme could be at risk of breaking international law, according to a new report from the former director of GCHQ.

Nicola Sturgeon is a less flamboyant figure, but poses an equally serious threat to the status quo

Nicola Sturgeon: Leader on slow road to her stone of destiny

Alex Salmond’s successor as SNP leader is a less flamboyant figure, but poses an equally serious threat to the status quo

Graham Johnson will appear before London's Westminster Magistrates' Court on November 6

Ex-Mirror journalist Graham Johnson charged with phone hacking

Former Sunday Mirror investigations editor is the second MGN journalist to face charges

An Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun, Sierra Leone

Experts: Ebola virus testing at UK airports is not totally risk-free

Medical officials using non-contact thermometers would initially measure the temperature of all arriving passengers

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg

European Convention on Human Rights: What has it ever done for us?

As the Tories attempt to dilute the treaty’s authority in the UK, James Cusick takes a look at the difference it has made

Gleneagles 18th hole

Ryder Cup 2014: How a kilt was put on Jack Nicklaus' course

The PGA Century at Gleneagles has received a makeover more in tune with its Scottish setting – and a dramatic 18th hole

Nicola Sturgeon and former boss Alex Salmond campaigning together. She is edging ever closer to SNP leadership

Scottish referendum: Nicola Sturgeon edges closer to SNP leadership following Alex Salmond's resignation

The chances of Nicola Sturgeon becoming the new leader of the Scottish National Party increased last night after Mike Russell, the Scottish Parliament’s Education Secretary, told The Independent on Sunday: “I will not be standing – I will be supporting Nicola.”

Alex Salmond has stepped down as Scotland's First Minister and the leader of the SNP

Scottish independence: Despite defeat history may still point to Alex Salmond as the victor

SNP leader's legacy secure as he steps down

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker