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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Customers slate Npower as worst energy supplier for second year in a row

Npower has been rated the worst power supplier in Britain for the second year in a row.

Sergy Brin spotted on New York subway wearing 'Google goggles'

Sergey Brin spotted on New York subway wearing Google Glasses

Billionaire wore prototype of gadget that could allow mobile data-downloading with voice commands

The mackerel fish has joined the likes of North Sea turbot and most sea bass on the “caution” list of species people should buy only occasionally

Tasty but no longer sustainable: fear over mackerel overfishing

For years, chefs extolled it as a perfect example of a cheap, tasty and, crucially, sustainable fish which could be eaten with a clear conscience.

Heavy snow hits the UK

Snow: travel chaos with flights and trains cancelled, roads closed, 36 hours of blizzards and 10,000 without electricity across Britain

Strong winds mean blizzards – and the big freeze lingers into next week

Police launch criminal investigation into MPs’ child sex ring

Scotland Yard tonight launched a full investigation into allegations that Conservative politicians were members of a paedophile ring which abused children in care the 1980s.

Exclusive: Cuts in food safety checks mean that horsemeat scandal could happen again

Local authority budget cuts have led to fewer scientists checking food samples

The iPad Mini was released at the beginning of November

iPad boom fuels explosion in shopping using mobile devices

The iPad boom has led to an explosion in shopping using mobile devices, industry figures showed today.

Eaten in Britain until the 1930s - but horsemeat has fallen out of favour

Horsemeat was eaten in Britain until the 1930s but has remained firmly off the menu ever since - despite the entreaties of Gordon Ramsay.

'Alarming breach of controls': experts blame deliberate swindle by foreign suppliers for horsemeat burgers scandal

A deliberate swindle by foreign suppliers seeking to save money is a likely cause of the contamination of supermarket beefburgers with horsemeat, experts said today.

How HMV missed a critical opportunity to innovate

Sticking to physical goods was its downfall, writes Martin Hickman

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