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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Miliband's schedule of campaign visits to Scotland has been upgraded.  He promised the audience in Edinburgh, against a backdrop of the capital’s castle, that he would be back.

General Election 2015: Miliband to the rescue in Scotland after polls show a Labour wipe-out

Labours dire ratings in Scotland have left Mr Miliband with little choice but to multiply his campaign efforts in territory that once voted Labour as a reflex

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon accused the Tories of 'driving people into poverty'

Scottish leaders debate: SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon seeks new power grab in return for supporting Ed Miliband

But Labour's Jim Murphy warns that full fiscal autonomy would leave Scotland with a massive financial 'black hole'

Coatbridge town centre in North Lanarkshire

General Election 2015: North Lanarkshire in Scotland - where the ghosts of Labour may finally be put to rest

The general election in this constituency, as it is across Scotland, isn’t just about the winning numbers at Westminster

Nicola Sturgeon at a rally in Glasgow on Saturday

General Election 2015: Parties vie to turn leaked Nicola Sturgeon memo to their advantage

SNP First Minister dismisses claim she wants a Tory win as 'a dirty trick'

Nicola Sturgeon
Labour's shadow Chancellor Ed Balls and Scottish Labour Leader Jim Murphy campaigning in Glasgow on Wednesday

General Election 2015: There may not be enough Labour and Scottish Nationalist MPs to put Ed Miliband in power

SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon, has also forecast that Scotland could again end up with a 'Tory government we didn’t vote for'

The SNP leader has undergone 'intensive preparation for battle'

General Election 2015: Nicola Sturgeon to use TV debates to deliver 'progressive alliance' against austerity

In the seven-party debate, the SNP leader will make direct attacks on the nationalists’ main opponents in Scotland, the Labour Party

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon says Trident renewal remains a 'red line' issue

Election 2015: SNP will demand separate agreement on halting Trident nuclear upgrade programme if it agrees to back Labour

Leader Nicola Sturgeon says the subject remains a 'red line' issue

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

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