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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Charlie Brooks appears at the Old Bailey in London, as the phone hacking trial continues

Hacking trial: ‘Daft’ Charlie Brooks ‘drank Fairy Liquid’

Charlie Brooks was “close to death” after drinking a pint of Fairy Liquid in the hope that it might cure a bad hangover, the hacking trial at the Old Bailey has heard.

Mr. Brooks told the court that he removed a Sony computer and a jiffy bag containing pornographic DVDs from his Chelsea Harbour home

Hacking trial: Charlie Brooks says he hid 'smut' from police because he feared a 'Jacqui Smith moment' for wife Rebekah

Charlie Brooks, the husband of the former News International chief executive feared a “Jacqui Smith moment” and believed police investigating phone hacking would discover his personal collection of “smut” unless he took steps to hide it, a jury at the Old Bailey has heard.

Charlie Brooks appears at the Old Bailey in London, as the phone hacking trial continues

Hacking trial: Rebekah Brooks feared handcuff shot could end her career

Former Murdoch chief’s husband tells of her ‘paranoia’ 

Cheryl Carter, the former personal assistant to Rebekah Brooks, arrives at the Old Bailey

Hacking trial: Rupert Murdoch worried about Rebekah Brooks' welfare when NotW closed

Rupert Murdoch was so concerned about Rebekah Brooks' welfare during the period when News International closed the News of the World, that he personally called her PA to make sure she was being looked after and to ensure she wouldn't resign her post as chief executive, a jury at the Old Bailey has heard.

Cheryl Carter arrives at the Old Bailey

Hacking trial: Rebekah Brooks’ PA denies ‘secret plan’ to remove boxes

Cheryl Carter tells Old Bailey that Mrs Brooks’ offer to pay for her family’s flights to Australia after the closure of the NOTW, was not a 'reward' for her alleged assistance

CBRHWE Doctor listening to baby girl’s chest with stethoscope alamy

Exclusive: Dramatic U-turn as Hunt agrees to free meningitis B jabs for every UK child to protect against 'parent's greatest fear'

Health Secretary to announce free NHS jabs against life-threatening disease in dramatic U-turn

Andy Coulson (pictured) allegedly told Clive Goodman he would get his job back if he ‘kept silent’ about hacking

Hacking trial: Andy Coulson pressured me to be hacking ‘lone wolf’, says ex-reporter Clive Goodman

Tabloid editor ‘tried to buy silence’ of journalist, court told

Andy Coulson and Clive Goodman arriving at the Old Bailey

Hacking trial: Andy Coulson ‘knew of special project to monitor royal aides,’ Clive Goodman tells Old Bailey

The former royal editor of the NOTW alleges Mr Coulson was aware of the so called 'Alexander' account used to disguise payments to private investigator Glen Mulcaire

A long and winding road lies ahead for the SNP' hopes for the referendum and independence in 2016. But does its plans for the keys issues pass the MOT test analogy raised by David Cameron?

Scottish independence: With six months to go, can Alex Salmond's plans pass the five tests of roadworthiness?

Jim Cusick analyses whether the issues around currency, EU membership, jobs, oil and the timetable will leave SNP hopes broken down beside the winding route to 2016

Princess Diana leaked information on the Royal Family to journalists, it has been claimed

Hacking trial: Princess Diana leaked information about Prince Charles to the press, court hears

Princess Diana tried to recruit the News of the World as an “ally” in her battle against Prince Charles by leaking an internal telephone directory to the tabloid's royal editor, the jury in the phone hacking trial has been told.

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As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
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Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
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Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
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Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
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