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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Scottish independence: Alex Salmond hits out at George Osborne over 'ill-informed' comments in row over keeping the pound

First Minister describes attacks by Westminster and Brussels as 'attempts to dictate from on high' what Scotland can and cannot do

James Cusick tries to master curling on the ice at Fenton’s Rink near Tunbridge Wells in Kent

Winter Olympics 2014: Just how hard can curling really be?

Scotsman-in-exile James Cusick decided to try his hand at the only rink south of the border

Labour’s credentials in Scotland may be about to be shredded

The party’s policy on tax is crucial – but when it comes to Scotland, Ed Balls risks losing control 

Journalist Piers Morgan was the editor of the Daily Mirror from almost a decade.

Detectives interview Piers Morgan about phone-hacking allegations at Daily Mirror

US-based broadcaster questioned by Scotland Yard

Hillary Clinton has hurled herself into a fund-raising blitz for the philanthropic foundation created by her husband Bill Clinton with events in Washington, San Francisco and London

HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton - book review

The biography doesn't answer the big question - will Hillary run in 2016?- but its authors suggest that is the wrong question to ask

Tourists wait to take their shot

Piling in for the view: A migrating herd in a mad rush ... and some wildebeest

Seeing Kenya's wildlife up close is a magnificent experience – except when scores of unregulated tourists pile in for the view. Plus, world attractions ruined by crowds

James Cusick's Scottish referendum sketch: And the gold medal for defending the union goes to...

Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Lord Reith, Lord Lovat: David Cameron lined them up as members of a united Britain’s Olympic history whose names and memories of past glories would help him “do whatever it takes” to persuade Scotland not to rip up the UK “brand” in September.

Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech at the Olympic Park in London

Scottish independence referendum: David Cameron invokes great Scots in the pursuit of Union as fears grow that Scotland might vote 'yes'

Sir Chris Hoy. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Lord Reith. Lord Lovat. David Cameron lined them all up as members of Team GB who would help him “do whatever it takes” to persuade Scotland not to rip up the UK “brand” in September.

A poll among lottery winners revealed that people do become more Tory the richer they become

Survey of past lottery winners shows that the richer you get, the more likely you are to vote Conservative

45 per cent of people who won £500 or more switched to supporting right-wing parties

The Health Secretary has so far taken a neutral stance on the vaccine

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt under pressure to introduce new meningitis B vaccine on NHS

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is under increasing pressure from leading medical researchers and clinicians to back the UK-wide introduction of a newly licensed life-saving vaccine for children.

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