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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Two arrested over claims that MPs took part in child-sex ring

Detectives question former deputy head of children's home and a Catholic priest

New tests reveal highest level of contamination found in the ongoing investigations

Burgers scandal: Meat found to contain 80% horsemeat found in latest sample

New tests reveal highest level of contamination found in the ongoing investigations

A £500,000 fighting fund has been established by bookmakers and casinos in Gibraltar to fight the Coalition’s introduction of a 15 per cent duty on bets placed online in Britain

Gambling firms start legal fund to fight government tax crackdown

10 biggest online betting operators in the UK locate all or part of the booming business in tax havens

Gambling establishments have managed to avoid around £1bn in tax on bets placed by British people by putting them through subsidiaries in tax havens

Jackpot! Bookies avoid £1bn tax

Big gambling firms are using tax havens – and Treasury still hasn't closed loophole

Ten million beef burgers were removed from big supermarkets after it was discovered they contained horse and pig meat

Polish company blamed for supplying horse meat which caused burger scandal

A Polish company was to blame for supplying horse meat which caused the burger scandal across the British Isles, according to an investigation by the Irish government.

Starbucks is understood to be close to a deal with HM Revenue and Customs over corporation tax

Government not ‘bullying’ Starbucks, says Shapps

Starbucks is not being bullied over its tax affairs despite the Prime Minister telling firms to “wake up and smell the coffee,” the Conservative Party chairman, Grant Shapps, insisted today.

Bank customers saving nearly £1 billion a year in overdraft charges after reforms

Bank customers are saving almost £1 billion a year in overdraft charges thanks to reforms introduced after a public revolt against them, but high street providers must do more if they are to escape a competition investigation into their industry, a report warned today.

A total of 27 beef products were analysed by the FSAI with 10 containing horse DNA

Horsemeat scare: Waitrose pulls burgers from shelves as Tesco apologises after one store is found still selling withdrawn items

The horse meat scandal caused further aggravation today when two supermarket chains, Tesco and Waitrose, removed batches of beefburgers from sale.

Meat from horses slaughtered in Britain for human consumption contained traces of carcinogenic drug

Phenylbutazone or ‘bute’ – which can cause cancer in humans - was detected by FSA testing in five cases at British abattoirs last year, the FSA admitted

Virginia Wheeler was arrested last March

The Sun's defence editor Virginia Wheeler and former Met PC Paul Flattley charged with misconduct in public office

Alison Levitt said the charges related to the payment of money for information about the death of a 14-year-old girl as well as other 'accidents, incidents and crimes'

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