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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New Cumnock named Scotland's 'most dismal town' with Carbuncle award

Urban Realm magazine cites 'haemorrhaging of shops' and 'a general absence of maintenance on derelict properties' for gong

Lord Heseltine has been consulting with George Osborne on
regenerating British cities

Exclusive: Michael Heseltine fears British people are 'too rich to push' for economic recovery

Lord Heseltine believes Britain lacks drive but senior government adviser points to rising employment and house prices as signs the economy was recovering

Lord Heseltine is currently advising the Government on economic regeneration in cities

Michael Heseltine: the great survivor who's still lording it over the political jungle in his ninth decade

Martin Hickman finds that the politician still has plenty to say about the economy – and Rupert Murdoch

Websites will be subject to the new regulatory regime for the press thrashed out by politicians.

Q. When is a blog not a blog? A. When it falls under the post-Leveson regime

Then it's a news business subject to the new independent regulator

Hacking scandal: clouds gather over Trinity Mirror as another ex-editor is quizzed by police

Britain’s second biggest newspaper group, Trinity Mirror, was facing a growing crisis tonight after former Daily Mirror editor Richard Wallace was questioned by police.

Health campaigners have been pressing for tougher action on alcohol abuse

Doctors dismayed over David Cameron's apparent U-turn on minimum price on alcohol

David Cameron failed to restate his faith in the minimum pricing of alcohol today, heightening fears among doctors that he has ditched the policy.

The fizz has fallen flat: champagne cut from inflation basket

Champagne, archetypal symbol of the banker’s bonus culture and the pre-recession consumer boom, has been removed from the basket of goods which statisticians use to calculate inflation.

Jimmy Savile with Beatles fans in 1965

Revealed: Police missed chance to stop sex offender Jimmy Savile 50 years ago

Police received intelligence suggesting that Jimmy Savile was a sex offender 50 years ago but over the following decades missed chance after chance to bring him to justice, a damning report reveals today.

Alan Tierney admitted selling information about Chelsea footballer John Terry's mother and Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood

Police officer and a prison officer plead guilty to selling stories to The Sun

A former policeman and a prison officer have admitted that they had been corrupted by Britain’s best-selling newspaper, The Sun.

Justin Bieber performs live on stage at 02 Arena on March 4, 2013 in London, England.

Justin Bieber's late arrival at 02: Can ticket-holders get their money back?

Ticket-holders who left before Justin Bieber appeared last night have little right to a refund, according to a consumer group.

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As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
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Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
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The science of herding is cracked

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This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?