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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Rupert Murdoch with Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks behind him in 2005. Next to Murdoch is Les Hinton, then NI chairman

Hacking trial: Rupert Murdoch 'went nuts' about Rebekah Brooks' and Andy Coulson's affair

Rupert Murdoch did not know Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson had been having an affair for years, and allegedly “went nuts” when he was given details before the phone hacking trial started.

A former detective chief superintendent claims he had a meeting with the former News of the World editor, Rebekah Brooks, about the investigation into the murder of Daniel Morgan

Rebekah Brooks ‘aware her paper was undermining Met’s murder inquiry,’ claims former detective

Ex-chief superintendent, Dave Cook, met with the then News of the World editor in 2002 after re-opening the investigation into the 1987 murder

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Local Government Association says that junk food tax 'should be used to fight obesity'

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Andy Coulson arrives at the Old Bailey in London before being sentenced for plotting to hack phones while he was in charge of the News of the World

Hacking trial: Andy Coulson jailed for 18 months for conspiring to hack phones at News of the World

Andy Coulson once had an office right next to David Cameron in 10 Downing Street. Rupert Murdoch trusted him to run the News of the World. But tonight, Coulson is behind bars in Belmarsh prison.

Andy Coulson; Rebekah Brooks and her husband, Charlie

Hacking trial: Legal battle set to cost taxpayers millions of pounds

A legal battle between Rupert Murdoch’s News UK and England’s prosecuting authorities over the “astronomical” costs of the record-breaking phone hacking trial will involve “millions of pounds of taxpayers' money”.

Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire arrives at the Old Bailey

Hacking trial: News of the World rival ‘was also hacking Milly Dowler’s voicemails’ claims Glenn Mulcaire

Glenn Mulcaire claims he was jointly ‘tasked’  to access the murdered girl’s phone

Mr Justice Saunders’ criticism of the Prime Minister centred on a “full and frank” public apology from Mr Cameron

Hacking trial: Judge blasts senior politicians for disregarding 'the rule of law'

The judge in the hacking trial has accused David Cameron and other senior politicians of engaging in an “open season” disregard for “justice and the rule of law”.

Andy Coulson leaves the Old Bailey after being found guilty of phone hacking

Hacking trial: How the case was won and lost

It was a terse, three-word instruction preserved in an email that swung the jury against Andy Coulson. James Cusick explains why the former editor was convicted, and his fellow defendants acquitted

Andy Coulson outside the Old Bailey where he was found guilty of conspiracy to hack phones

Hacking trial: One rogue editor. After a trial that exposed the extent of illegal phone hacking in the Murdoch empire, former News of the World boss Andy Coulson is found guilty, but five other defendants walk free

Andy Coulson, the former tabloid editor once at the centre of Downing Street's communication operations is facing a prison sentence after being found guilty of conspiring to hack mobile phones when he worked for Rupert Murdoch’s News International. 

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