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 threat of a Scottish UDI – unilateral declaration of independence – was repeatedly emphasised by Alex Salmond in his outgoing speech

Salmond's parting shot: Scotland could leave the UK of its own accord

'Give Scots the power we demand, or Scotland will vote to take it'

Outgoing SNP leader Alex Salmond hopes to stand for another Westminster seat

Alex Salmond steps down as Scotland's First Minister - but he won't be gone for long

Outgoing SNP leader hopes to stand for another Westminster seat

Employees arrive early for work at BBC Broadcasting House

'Fake Sheikh' Mazher Mahmood documentary not shown on BBC 1

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The journalist was found guilty of making illegal payments to a prison officer in return for stories about a convicted child-killer Jon Venables

News of the World journalist guilty of paying for Bulger stories

Journalist cannot be named for legal reasons

Graham Johnson leaving court in London yesterday

Former Sunday Mirror reporter Graham Johnson ‘turned himself in’ and admitted phone hacking

A former journalist at the Sunday Mirror who was investigating a soap star’s alleged relationship with a gangland boss, has pleaded guilty to phone hacking.

Jim Murphy launches his campaign in Edinburgh on Saturday

Labour's saviour in Scotland may have to sit the election out

Party's newly elected boss may find himself having no seat north or south of the border
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UK contribution to the EU increased by a third last year

Total payment now £11.3bn

'EastEnders' actors Lucy Benjamin and Steve McFadden were mentioned in some of the emails

Mirror Group faces further investigation into phone-hacking

Emails suggest interception was used routinely

The Royal Courts of Justice in London

Criminal phone-hacking charges against up to nine Mirror Group journalists 'imminent'

Exclusive: Four new files of allegedly incriminating documents handed to police

David Cameron said he was a 'passionate' believer in high-speed rail projects, such as the £50bn HS2

NAO attacks Government's over-optimistic HS2 benefit analysis

DfT accused of using unrealistic analysis

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