Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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Network Rail runs and maintains 20,000 miles of track and 18 major stations from Glasgow Central down to Bristol Temple Meads

Network Rail prepares ground for £1bn sale of its properties

Exclusive: Rothschild hired to look into sale as upgrades are delayed and bonuses cancelled

An HS2 train crosses a viaduct near Birmingham, in this artist’s impression

Experts surprised at HS2's use of public-sector staff

There will be nearly 1,000 civil servants working on the £50bn High Speed Two railway, a number that has staggered project management experts.

Michael Gove

Michael Gove is instructing his civil servants on grammar

Officials warned never to use the word 'impact' as a verb and to spell out contractions so that 'doesn’t' becomes 'does not'

Norman Lamb said he had acted decisively with ‘no dithering’ over the issue

Lib Dem leadership candidate Norman Lamb removes two campaign team members over 'push polling' claims

The police and the Information Commissioner have been approached by concerned party members over phone calls made on 19 June

Tim Farron, left, and Norman Lamb at the IoS hustings

We don't have enough MPs to shadow the government, senior Lib Dems admit

Last month, the Lib Dems were reduced to just eight MPs, down from 57 in 2010

Michael Fallon will discuss spending at the Nato summit

Defence spending: Pay more for weapons research or face 'disastrous' consequences, experts warn MoD

Former ministers, soldiers and contractors warn that Britain is falling behind rival nations in the development of cutting-edge weapons

Broadcasting House, a focus for Tories who believe the BBC is left-wing

MPs set to debate BBC licence as campaign launches to protect its funding

Senior Tory backbenchers, many of whom believe the BBC has a left-wing bias, have what one described as 'momentum' to axe the licence fee

The Palace of Westminster’s crumbling innards don’t do justice to the faux-gothic majesty of its dazzling façade

Palace of Westminster upgrade needed, but engineers are likely to avoid it like the plague

Parliamentary Business: Experts fear that Acts of Parliament written on goatskin could crumble in their hands

2.2 million apprenticeships have been created since 2010

Thousands of apprenticeships lost in key industries including construction and IT

By contrast, apprenticeships in health, public services and care have shot up

Academies that are not in a group have no financial safety net

Academies in poorly-funded areas face cash crisis

Chairman of the F40 campaign said some schools may go bankrupt

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Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
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'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map
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Lionel, Patti, Burt and The Who rock Glasto

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Paris Fashion Week

Paris Fashion Week

Thom Browne's scarecrows offer a rare beacon in commercial offerings
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Isis, a year of the caliphate

Who can defeat the so-called 'Islamic State' – and how?
Marks and Spencer: Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?

Marks and Spencer

Can a new team of designers put the spark back into the high-street brand?
'We haven't invaded France': Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak

'We haven't invaded France'

Italy's Prime Minister 'reclaims' Europe's highest peak
Isis in Kobani: Why we ignore the worst of the massacres

Why do we ignore the worst of the massacres?

The West’s determination not to offend its Sunni allies helps Isis and puts us all at risk, says Patrick Cockburn
7/7 bombings 10 years on: Four emergency workers who saved lives recall the shocking day that 52 people were killed

Remembering 7/7 ten years on

Four emergency workers recall their memories of that day – and reveal how it's affected them ever since
Humans: Are the scientists developing robots in danger of replicating the hit Channel 4 drama?

They’re here to help

We want robots to do our drudge work, and to look enough like us for comfort. But are the scientists developing artificial intelligence in danger of replicating the TV drama Humans?
Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

Time to lay these myths about the Deep South to rest

'Heritage' is a loaded word in the Dixie, but the Charleston killings show how dangerous it is to cling to a deadly past, says Rupert Cornwell
What exactly does 'one' mean? Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue

What exactly does 'one' mean?

Court of Appeal passes judgement on thorny mathematical issue