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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The register for lobbyists who contact ministers and senior civil servants is designed to record ministerial meetings, increase transparency, and list the money being put up to buy political influence

'Cash for access' scandal: Lobbying clean-up law that failed to stop MP scandals

‘Dog’s breakfast’ act targeted charities and missed its mark

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The Library at the Glasgow School of Art, before the fire

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So few of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's designs ever made it into bricks and mortar which makes this new exhibition fascinating, says James Cusick

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Kate Gross – a former adviser to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown – died on Christmas Day last year, aged 36

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Jeremy Vine is believed to have earned a five-figure sum
The highly anticipated analysis of Scottish constituencies by Lord Ashcroft, the former Conservative deputy chairman, will back up recent polls which point to a major rewrite of Scotland’s political map

New polling data points to bloodletting of big names from Scottish political life

Ashcroft’s analysis of constituencies makes depressing reading for top Westminster faces

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Peru's Lares Trek: Head for the clouds

The Inca Trail to Machu Picchu gets all the acclaim – and visitors – but its neighbour, the Lares Trek offers James Cusick a revelatory experience

Clockwise from top left: Cilla Black, Darren Day, Jessie Wallace and Peter Andre all received undisclosed damages

Hacking by Mirror ‘worse than at Murdoch papers’

As many as 41 journalists could have accessed private voicemails

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From its very outset, the timing of the Iraq Inquiry was shaped by politics

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