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.
28 October 2012 09:30 PM
Commercial espionage became a possible motive for phone hacking today after a top City PR firm said attempts may have been made to access the voicemails of executives who were advising on media takeovers.
Gary Glitter bailed to return in mid-December after arrest on suspicion of sex offences by Savile investigation police
28 October 2012 05:58 PM
The former pop star Gary Glitter became the first person to be arrested by detectives investigating allegations of multiple sex attacks by the BBC presenter Jimmy Savile.
25 October 2012 04:26 PM
Parents are spending tens of millions of pounds more than they need to on school uniforms because of exclusive deals between schools and suppliers, the Office of Fair Trading said today.
25 October 2012 01:38 PM
The Battle of Totnes is over and the losing side is a multi-national coffee chain.
25 October 2012 12:00 AM
A powerful paedophile network may have operated in Britain protected by its connections to Parliament and Downing Street, a senior Labour politician suggested yesterday.
24 October 2012 11:00 PM
Boasting Grade II-listed buildings, extensive grounds and themed activities, it appears to be a typical luxury hotel chain.
24 October 2012 12:10 PM
Health campaigners today welcomed a new Government-backed food labelling system which will standardise the baffling array of front-of-pack designs which have confused shoppers for years.
16 October 2012 12:00 PM
Probe shows coffee chain used clever accounting to minimise bills – despite UK sales of over £1bn
14 October 2012 03:24 PM
Five Royal Marines have been charged with murdering a Taliban fighter in one of the most lawless regions of Afghanistan.
12 October 2012 07:18 PM
Gary McKinnon, the computer hacker who breached the systems of the Pentagon and Nasa, has been given hope in his 10-year battle against extradition, it was reported tonight.
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