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

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

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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

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Scottish independence: Alex Salmond dismisses 'offensive' Australian PM

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Business minister Matt Hancock

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