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.
23 November 2012 12:01 AM
Only one in seven people may buy a real Christmas tree this year, new research shows.
20 November 2012 06:52 PM
Energy firms will be forced to switch all customers onto the cheapest tariffs, saving people from languishing on expensive, out-of-date deals, Ed Davey, the Secretary of State for Energy, announced today.
Andy Coulson alleged to have conspired to bribe public officials to secure phone numbers of the Royal Family
20 November 2012 06:44 PM
David Cameron’s former communications director, Andy Coulson, conspired to bribe public officials to secure the phone numbers of the Royal Family, according to the charges against him announced today.
MoD civil servant pocketed '£100k from The Sun': Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson charged with plotting to bribe public officials
20 November 2012 06:40 PM
A senior civil servant at the Ministry of Defence was on the payroll of the Sun for almost a decade, prosecutors claimed as they charged the former editor of Britain’s best-selling newspaper, Rebekah Brooks, and its chief reporter with plotting to bribe public officials.
19 November 2012 07:27 PM
News Corp refuses to deny new claims of US military payment
17 November 2012 12:00 AM
Media owners accused of using selective statistics to fight reform said to fight press reform with selective statistics
16 November 2012 12:00 AM
Co-op Energy, which has 60,000 customers nationwide, will cut its electricity price by 2 per cent next month, making its average annual dual-fuel bill £178 cheaper than those of its rivals.
15 November 2012 12:00 AM
The energy supplier SSE angered consumer groups yesterday by revealing a near 40 per cent surge in profits, weeks after slapping an extra £100 on fuel bills.
12 November 2012 10:30 PM
Starbucks and Google admit to MPs they use favourable jurisdictions for their UK businesses
12 November 2012 07:42 PM
Twitter users who wrongly suggested that Lord McAlpine was a paedophile could be sued even if they didn’t have any followers, experts said after it emerged that the former politician was considering libel action.
Robin Williams Emmys tribute led by Billy Crystal criticised for including 'racist' joke about Muslim woman
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
The Rotherham child abuse scandal is a tale of apologists, misogyny and double standards
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Do you realise just how foolish the UK looks?
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
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