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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According to a Which? survey on household appliances, German company Miele was rated the best in seven of nine categories

German company Miele dominates Which? survey on Britain's best home appliances

Who makes the best vacuum cleaners, fridge-freezers, ovens and washing machines? A single German company – Miele, according to Britain’s biggest consumer group.

105 adults come forward to report sexual abuse in investigation into paedophilia at North Wales care home

Investigation is looking into previously undetected paedophilia in the 1970s and 80s

A cuddly victory: Furbies push iPad down the Dear Santa list

A talking cuddly electronic pet is the toy most wanted by children this Christmas, judging by the letters posted to Santa Claus.

The Metropolitan Police stressed that Operation Fairbank was a 'scoping exercise'

Scotland Yard investigating allegations senior politicians abused children in the 1980s and used 'connections' to escape justice

Metropolitan Police's child abuse investigation team have interviewed several adults who claim that they were sexually assaulted as children by MPs in a paedophile ring

Parents 'should drink alcohol less in front of their children' says report

Parents should drink less in front of their children if they want to prevent their offspring becoming binge drinkers, a new report suggests today.

Marks and Spencer still the older woman's favourite but Zara wins battle of the high street - says survey by ex-M&S boss

Marks & Spencer may be the country’s biggest clothing retailer but women prefer Zara, according to a survey by a company headed by one of M&S’s former bosses, Sir Stuart Rose.

Electronics firms fined £1.1bn for fixing prices of TVs and computers

Companies including Philips, LG Electronics and Panasonic artificially set prices according to the European Commission 

Australian radio presenters trick staff at Duchess of Cambridge's hospital into giving details of her condition

The 2Day FM presenters phoned the hospital pretending to be the Queen

A Royal Mail worker handles mail at a sorting office

Postal workers could block half of Britain's mail as dispute over monopoly on home delivery escalates

Postal workers could block the delivery of half the nation’s mail in an escalating dispute over the first challenge to the Royal Mail’s historic monopoly on home delivery, union leaders are warning tonight.

MPs have a chance to “redeem themselves” by implementing Lord Leveson’s recommendations on the press, a victim of gutter journalism, Gerry McCann, said yesterday

Gerry McCann calls on MPs to redeem themselves by reforming press

Exclusive interview: Father of missing girl criticises Cameron’s rejection of proposal for legal underpinning

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