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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Mr Murphy believes Labour is in danger of losing their former heartland

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Lord Smith of Kelvin (left) arrives to present the the Smith Commission report in Edinburgh yesterday

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The Scottish parliament in Holyrood

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The ins and outs of the Commission’s proposals – and what it will mean for England and Scotland

Max Mosley says Labour has so far failed to respond to his offer

Max Mosley offered to give Labour close to £1m for campaign fund to attack David Cameron over links to Andy Coulson

Mr Mosley believed that reminding voters of Mr Cameron’s decision to employ Andy Coulson could help swing marginal seats

The pro-independence newspaper is expected to launch in Scotland in response to the burgeoning support for the SNP

The National: New paper will support independent Scotland

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Salmond's parting shot: Scotland could leave the UK of its own accord

'Give Scots the power we demand, or Scotland will vote to take it'

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