Martin Hickman

Following stints with Reuters and the Press Association, Martin Hickman joined The Independent as a news editor in 2001. He became the Consumer Affairs Correspondent in September 2005 and has run the paper's trenchant campaigns on packaging, bank charges and factory-farmed chicken. He writes on subjects as diverse as food, finance, energy and fashion. With Tom Watson, he is author of a new book on the phone hacking scandal, Dial M for Murdoch - News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain.

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Hack Attack by Nick Davies, book review: A panoramic account of the hacking scandal

Hack Attack captures a picture of bullying and nepotism that should be absent from a democratic society

Rupert Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks in 2011

The News Machine by James Hanning with Glenn Mulcaire, book review

The phone-hacking scandal isn’t really about listening to voicemails. It’s about power: about how big businesses, politicians and police officers and other arms of state who shape our lives tend to look after their own interests – rather than ours.

Don't get in a lather: Six top tips to help you start saving money on your fuel bills

You don't have to grin and bear it as your electricity and gas bills keep going up – Martin Hickman shares his tips that could put hundreds of pounds back in your pocket

Water hazard: How the UN plans to provide clean drinking water for everyone in Rwanda

As the world's leaders prepare for the 68th UN General Assembly later this month, Martin Hickman reports from Rwanda on the effects of a series of development goals set by the organisation in 2000 – and discovers that much still needs to be done to ensure clean water and sanitation for all

Nine out of ten children are happy, a report found

The kids are all right: survey finds that most children are happy

More than half of those surveyed were 'completely happy' with their friends

Surveys of local businesses showed 20 per cent less street drinking around their premises

Street disorder drops after Ipswich bans super-strength alcohol

Police say campaign stopping sale of strong cider and beer is improving safety

Consumers are being cheated 7% of the time when they buy white fish, a study has found

Cheaper fish being passed off as cod and haddock

Consumers are being routinely cheated when they buy cod and haddock, a study has found.

New research casts doubt on the wisdom of parental generosity

The secret to turning your children into savers? Don't give them pocket money

New research suggests that parental generosity is not the best way to make youngsters financially responsible

Beecher’s Brook is one of the most difficult fences on the course

Grand National jockey Katie Walsh defends race as concerns over horse deaths mount

The horses that take part in the Grand National are treated “better than some children” despite the equine death toll, a leading jockey has claimed ahead of this weekend’s race.

Waverley residents – such as those in Chiddingfold, pictured – experience the highest living standards in rural Britain, according to a study

Beautiful South wipes out Wales, Scotland and North in countryside poll of rural districts with highest living standards

Godalming sparked interest in sedate south-west Surrey in 1881 when its townsfolk became the first in the world to benefit from a public supply of electricity.

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