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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Nigel Farage

Nigel Farage joins Sarah Palin and the big beasts of the US right

Wayne LaPierre, head of the NRA gun lobby, will also appear alongside the Ukip leader

The register for lobbyists who contact ministers and senior civil servants is designed to record ministerial meetings, increase transparency, and list the money being put up to buy political influence

'Cash for access' scandal: Lobbying clean-up law that failed to stop MP scandals

‘Dog’s breakfast’ act targeted charities and missed its mark

It would mean a massive political shift in identity for Labour north of the border

Wealthy Scottish voters could offer Ed Miliband a route to No 10

Wealthy Scottish heartlands could rescue Labour’s election hopes

The Library at the Glasgow School of Art, before the fire

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: First retrospective reveals tantalising glimpses of what might have been

So few of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's designs ever made it into bricks and mortar which makes this new exhibition fascinating, says James Cusick

Kate Gross’s battle with the disease inspired her husband’s ‘cancer breathalyser’

'Cancer breathalyser': Man whose wife died of cancer invents breathalyser that can detect the disease

Kate Gross – a former adviser to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown – died on Christmas Day last year, aged 36

The Cleveland Clinic’s new 22-storey hospital in Abu Dhabi is to open within two weeks

The game changer: US health group eyes up NHS contracts

America’s prestigious Cleveland Clinic has hired British staff to explore its UK opportunities

Jeremy Vine is believed to have earned a five-figure sum
The highly anticipated analysis of Scottish constituencies by Lord Ashcroft, the former Conservative deputy chairman, will back up recent polls which point to a major rewrite of Scotland’s political map

New polling data points to bloodletting of big names from Scottish political life

Ashcroft’s analysis of constituencies makes depressing reading for top Westminster faces

Happy as Lares: Huacahuasi Lodge

Peru's Lares Trek: Head for the clouds

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu gets all the acclaim – and visitors – but its neighbour, the Lares Trek offers James Cusick a revelatory experience

Clockwise from top left: Cilla Black, Darren Day, Jessie Wallace and Peter Andre all received undisclosed damages

Hacking by Mirror ‘worse than at Murdoch papers’

As many as 41 journalists could have accessed private voicemails

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