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About James Cusick

James Cusick was, until recently, the political correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. As an experienced member of the lobby, he has previously worked at The Sunday Times and the BBC. 

Articles by James Cusick

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

MPs demand full investigation of hard-Brexit backing Tory "party within a party"

Labour MPs are demanding that the pro-Brexit European Research Group is investigated by parliament's expenses watchdog on the back of openDemocracy's revelations.

Revealed: The Tory MPs using taxpayers’ cash to fund a secretive hard-Brexit group

Senior MPs including Liam Fox, Andrea Leadsom and Jacob Rees-Mogg have used their expenses to fund a 'party within a party' inside Westminster – effectively holding the government hostage over its negotiations with the EU.

Trust is in recession: and there is little sign of recovery

Where does trust end and continuous fear become the norm?

Did Jeremy Corbyn perform better than expected? Yes. Does that mean he should stay Labour leader? No.

Labour’s future cannot be left to depend on a relic, who, for a brief few weeks, performed beyond expectations. 

Selling Theresa May: Why the Conservatives will never gamble on her again

The Tory campaign scared off potential customers. How much that let in competitors we will soon know.

North Sea, air safety and Brexit

Does the political fight about who controls safety in the North Sea reveal just how difficult Brexit is going to be?

Theresa May regards television debates an intrusion into Britain’s real democratic process

The Prime Minister has refused to take part in a TV debate. What else will she throw out? Could Prime Minister's Questions be the next accountability casualty?

We’re having an election. George Osborne must put his Evening Standard job on hold until it’s over

Can the former UK Chancellor, who masterminded the Tory victory in 2015, really deliver ‘straight facts and opinion’ as editor of London’s flagship paper during this election campaign?

The Independent. In the end, it wasn't. What next?

James Cusick, former political correspondent for The Independent, spent five months investigating why other newspapers had shut down a story about Culture Minister John Whittingdale, only to see his investigation down too. This is his personal view of the Whittingdale scandal and cover up by the press.

The real Whittingdale scandal: a cover up by the UK press

I spent five months with another senior journalist at the Independent newspaper investigating why other papers had shut down a story about the culture minister, only to see my editor shut the investigation down too. Here is the anatomy of a press cover-up.

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