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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Police failings put dozens of children at risk from notorious paedophile ring

Documents reveal some visitors at Elm Guest House went on to commit series of child sex offences

Gary Lineker will promote Walkers' move to home-grown British ingredients in a forthcoming social media campaign

Not suitable for vegetarians: Walkers' new potato crisps range uses real ingredients - including meat

Manufacturer has been quietly remaking its bestselling lines with authentic British ingredients, upsetting some vegetarians

Lord Rennard played a pivotal role in Nick Clegg’s rise but now might reveal the sexual misconduct allegations engulfing the peer

Lord Rennard: A prominent and powerful 'Rasputin figure' who ruled the Lib Dem machine

Chris Rennard turned the party into credible election winners, writes Martin Hickman

Neil Wallis, a former deputy editor of the News of the World, was hired as a PR consultant by Scotland Yard

No action against former News Of The World deputy editor Neil Wallis over phone-hacking

One of the News of the World’s most senior journalists, the veteran tabloid newsman Neil “Wolfman” Wallis, has been cleared of phone hacking.

Confronted with a £1.50 spaghetti bolognese, it was hard to tell if the Chancellor looked queasy at questions over the safety of meat products or the thought of digging in to the ready-meal. Asked if he would be prepared to eat the dish, George Osborne said: 'What I want is good information on our food'

MPs push for new powers for FSA as officials seize yet more suspect meat

Food Standards Agency officials investigating the adulteration of beef with horse meat seized more supplies, as MPs demanded the watchdog be handed greater powers to check for fraud in the meat trade.

Horsemeat scandal: Findus leak reveals horse in ‘beef’ for six months

Minister blames ‘criminal activity’ for the contamination and promises to find culprits

Richard Desmond launching the Health Lottery with TV presenter Eamonn Holmes

Law on lotteries under review that could make Richard Desmond’s Health Lottery give more to charity

Ministers order consultation amid questions over amount given to good causes

Horsemeat: Why did no one want to disclose full scale of scandal?

Since the start of the crisis last month, manufacturers, retailers and food officials have given every impression of not wanting to disclose the full unvarnished truth to the public about the contamination of the meat supply system.

Former Surrey police officer Alan Tierney charged over alleged payments from The Sun

A former Surrey police officer, Alan Tierney, is to be charged with misconduct in public office over alleged payments from the Sun newspaper, the Crown Prosecution Service announced today.

Tesco said it was withdrawing its frozen spaghetti bolognese as a 'precaution'

Tesco and Aldi join Findus UK in withdrawing frozen beef meals in latest concerns over origin of meat products

Tesco and Aldi have removed frozen beef meals from sale.

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