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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Former ‘Daily Mirror’ editor Piers Morgan
Lord Smith (back centre) Commission chair for the Smith Commission in Edinburgh, begins all-party talks aimed at reaching agreement on what new powers should be devolved to Scotland

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The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg

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The PGA Century at Gleneagles has received a makeover more in tune with its Scottish setting – and a dramatic 18th hole

Nicola Sturgeon and former boss Alex Salmond campaigning together. She is edging ever closer to SNP leadership

Scottish referendum: Nicola Sturgeon edges closer to SNP leadership following Alex Salmond's resignation

The chances of Nicola Sturgeon becoming the new leader of the Scottish National Party increased last night after Mike Russell, the Scottish Parliament’s Education Secretary, told The Independent on Sunday: “I will not be standing – I will be supporting Nicola.”

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