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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Scottish independence: Labour strategy chief Douglas Alexander gets blame for ‘patronising’ TV ad backfiring

Labour strategy chief accused of ignoring advice on pro-Union broadcast targeting women voters

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Scottish independence exclusive: Rebel MPs plot instant revolt against Cameron, if Yes campaign win

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Attempts in the US to trademark the fundraising stunt have caused a storm of protest

Scottish independence: Glasgow cabbie wages one-man war against the Better Together campaign

Claims the driver 'put the meter on hold so he turn round and conduct a face-to-face argument' with one customer
Alex Salmond at Ferguson Shipbuilders with union and yard officials

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First Minister must tackle five issues to ensure Scotland votes Yes

The two politicians went head to head for the second time, answering questions from members of the audience on key issues

Scottish independence TV debate: Pumped-up Alex Salmond bounces back in bruising second round against Alistair Darling

Darling looks out of his comfort zone as Scotland’s First Minister goes on the attack

Scot free? Alex Salmond and ‘Robert the Bruce’ with the Declaration of Arbroath

Scottish independence: Alex Salmond dismisses 'offensive' Australian PM

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Business minister Matt Hancock

Tory minister lines up with racing royalty against new homes

How much influence should billionaire stud owners have on town planning?
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Caroline Flint, shadow energy secretary

Labour attacks Coalition as UK's energy bills soar 21 per cent in three years

The charge of ever-rising prices for consumers will dog the Prime Minister in the run-up to the election
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Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

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Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?