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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The scales of justice stand above the Old Bailey in London

Trials of journalists alleged to have paid money to public officials for private documents halted as CPS holds urgent review of its decision to prosecute

The first of the eight trials involving journalists alleged to have paid money to public officials for private documents and due to take place between now and September, has been adjourned at the Old Bailey.

Former leader Alex Salmond has his picture taken as he signs copies of his book The Dream Shall Never Die during the SNP conference

Alex Salmond unwittingly steals the show at SNP conference

Seconds after he started to speak into the microphone, the delegates rushed back to their seats and shouted and roared him back towards the big stage

Prospects of Labour-SNP partnership flagged as SNP pledge to oppose the 'madness' of austerity

Scotland’s Deputy First Minister John Swinney offered a series of campaign initiatives that would have been welcomed at any Labour conference

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon after delivering her keynote speech at the party's spring conference in Glasgow on Sunday

SNP Conference 2015: Leader Nicola Sturgeon says a vote for her party would 'stop a Tory government getting off the ground'

Scotland's First Minister also claimed 'no constituency is off limits in this election'

Despite assurances from the nationalists that they would not support a Tory government and were prepared to join Labour in blocking the Conservatives’ ability to run a minority government, Mr Murphy told supporters that “a vote for any other party is a vote for David Cameron and the Tories.”

Scotland will decide next British government, says Labour leader Jim Murphy

Mr Murphy told supporters at a rally in Glasgow that 'a vote for any other party is a vote for David Cameron and the Tories'

Jeremy Hunt’s health department last year announced it would make a new vaccine against meningitis B available free on the NHS

Meningitis B vaccine: Stalled negotiations sees private sales soar in wealthiest regions, a year after DoH announced it would be free on NHS

Campaigners say the vaccine's availability to only those who can afford it, demonstrates 'health inequality in Britain at its absolute worst'

Britain First leader, Paul Golding, at a rally in London

Vote Ukip, says far-right group Britain First

Letters and leaflets currently being distributed by Britain First effectively endorse Nigel Farage’s party

Hugh Grant with 'Hacked Off' spokesman Evan Harris. Grant came forward with a claim against Trinity Mirror earlier this week.

Mirror hacking trial: Newspaper group could face criminal prosecution over phone hacking

Mirror Group Newspapers were described in court by their counsel at the civil trial involving eight claimants, as 'co-operating' and offering support in an 'on-going police inquiry'

Dan Evans said he believed the monitoring of MPs took place in 2003 or early 2004

Mirror hacking trial: 41 more celebrities encouraged to make claims

Compensation payouts to each victim are anticipated to average around £50,000

Alan Yentob (left) accused reporters of listenting to phone messages left by the novelist Salman Rushdie among others

Mirror hacking trial: It was a horrific invasion of my life, BBC’s creative director tells court

At the civil trial against Mirror Group Newspapers, Alan Yentob told the court that the hacking of his voicemail messages left him 'sickened'

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