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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Sir Richard Branson, left, and Rupert Murdoch had fallen out over Virgin’s moves into TV

Murdoch's rivals in City may be victims of phone hacking

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

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.

Office of Fair Trading intervenes over school uniform costs

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.

Totnes’ historic high street is set to welcome a Costa Coffee shop

A very British insurrection: Totnes residents win battle to keep Costa out amid 'clone town' fears

The Battle of Totnes is over and the losing side is a multi-national coffee chain.

Was there a paedophile ring in No 10? MP Tom Watson demands probe

A powerful paedophile network may have operated in Britain protected by its connections to Parliament and Downing Street, a senior Labour politician suggested yesterday.

A bedroom at the Hilton hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg

Want to unwind at the 'best' hotel chain? Then leave the kids at home

Boasting Grade II-listed buildings, extensive grounds and themed activities, it appears to be a typical luxury hotel chain.

End to calorie confusion as standardised food labelling system is announced for supermarkets

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.

UK Sale: £1.2bn... UK Tax: £0

Good bean counters? Starbucks has paid no tax in UK since 2009

Probe shows coffee chain used clever accounting to minimise bills – despite UK sales of over £1bn

Five Royal Marines charged with murder

Five Royal Marines have been charged with murdering a Taliban fighter in one of the most lawless regions of Afghanistan.

Gary McKinnon medical report offers hope against extradition

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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