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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Hillary Clinton and Cherie Blair at the 2012 International Council on Women's Business Leadership

Hillary Clinton emails reveal Cherie Blair acted as go-between for leading Qatari and the then US Secretary of State

Republican opponents handed ammunition likely to be used in the imminent race for the White House

Conservative backbencher Zac Goldsmith

Zac Goldsmith: Tory London Mayoral candidate filmed saying EU bureaucracy will 'never willingly shrink'

Goldsmith told the Bruges Group that EU laws were over-dominant in UK commerce and continued to 'pour in like confetti'

Labour MP Gareth Thomas, who hopes to be the party’s mayoral candidate

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Mr Thomas is vying to be the party's mayoral candidate

Tom Crone was legal manager at the height of the NOTW phone hacking

Tom Crone: News of the World lawyer faces investigation by Bar

Mr Crone could face being disbarred by the Bar Standards Board

British legal professionals hold placards during a protest against cuts to the legal aid budget during a protest outside Southwark Crown Court in London

Lawyers' strike over legal aid cuts boosted by the backing of major firms

The grassroots action represents a direct challenge to Michael Gove

Barristers and solicitors in cities around the country have arranged meetings in the next 48 hours to discuss what amounts to an unprecedented grassroots revolt

Legal aid cuts: Criminal courts across England and Wales could grind to a halt as lawyers protest

Exclusive: Courts could grind to a halt next week as protest spreads across country

EU rules preventing spread of rabies by dogs 'not fit for purpose', says leading veterinary surgeon

The warning comes as new research criticises an EU decision to end the requirement for an additional blood test on dogs being transport across the EU

The end of state support for wind farms was one of the Conservatives' promises in their recent election manifesto

Ministers to hold autumn talks over funding for onshore wind farms in the UK

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd will meet her Holyrood counterpart

The Queen and Prince Philip attend a garden party at Balmoral Castle

Scottish Government dismisses 'nonsense' rumours Scotland will cut funding to the Queen

Reports suggested Holyrood would take over assets controlled by the Crown

A study reveals that hate crimes in small rural communities is often a daily occurrence for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people

LGBT people are subjected to hate crimes 'on daily basis' in UK rural communities

Survey reveals that eight in 10 have been verbally abused or harassed, with one in 10 suffering physical assault

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