Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

i Newspaper
 
TheIPaper
The Independent around the web
The coalition has been criticised for failing to push through multibillion-pound runways at Gatwick or Heathrow during its five-year term of office

Airport expansion: Choose Heathrow or Gatwick soon, MPs urge Government

There is mounting concern that the main parties have not committed themselves to backing whichever option is eventually selected by the Airports Commission

Nick Clegg has told BBC’s Sunday Politics programme that he will be too busy to take on Oliver Coppard, the Labour candidate, in a live television debate

Election 2015: Nick Clegg branded a 'hypocrite' over his refusal to take part in televised debate

The Deputy Prime Minister, who today launches the Lib Dem's election campaign, avoids taking on his Labour constituency rival in a live BBC encounter next month

MPs condemn secrecy at ExCel arms fair amid torture trade fears

MPs fear that some exhibitors at the world’s biggest arms fair, to be held in London in September, could try to use the event to promote the sale of instruments of torture.

Phoenix Africa: A boxer, a grandee and an ex-soldier seek $27m for rice-producing business in Sierra Leone

Exclusive: It is the main staple of the country's diet but most of it is imported - at an estimated cost to the economy of at least $350m a year

The four-day biennial event at ExCel in east London attracts about 1,500 exhibitors including major defence groups such as BAE Systems, Raytheon and Lockheed Martin

Torture trade comes to town: MPs condemn secrecy at ExCel arms fair

Last year the event was used to advertise illegal torture devices such as leg irons and electric batons

MP Stella Creasy's push for better regulation of payday loans companies was a signature success in this Parliament
McCann has gone further than Ed Miliband and dismissed the possibility of any Scottish Labour deal with the SNP

'No deal with SNP' says chair of Scottish Labour MPs, Michael McCann

McCann said Miliband had made Labour’s position on any SNP deal 'clear'

The number of scientific services staff has been cut by 18 per cent since 2010

Cuts in forensics teams damages fight against crime, survey finds

Leicestershire police was found to have 50 scientific services staff against 86 in 2010, while Northumbria was down from 76 to 52

The wreckage of the helicopter that crashed in 2013

Police denied access to black box crash data over concerns that pilots will be less co-operative

Investigators say pilots might be tempted to cover up vital flight information which could help make flying safer, fearing their mistakes might be made public

The fallout from Right to Buy over the past 30 years means there is a now a chronic shortage in local authority housing

Tory minister promises to take on councils who try to thwart Government's 'reinvigorated' right-to-buy policy

Local authorities fear they might be left with little housing stock, so have transferred ownership to legally distinct, wholly owned companies

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor
How to make your own Easter egg: Willie Harcourt-Cooze shares his chocolate recipes

How to make your own Easter egg

Willie Harcourt-Cooze talks about his love affair with 'cacao' - and creates an Easter egg especially for The Independent on Sunday
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef declares barbecue season open with his twist on a tradtional Easter Sunday lamb lunch

Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

Next weekend, our chef plans to return to his Aussie roots by firing up the barbecue
Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

The England prop relives the highs and lows of last Saturday's remarkable afternoon of Six Nations rugby
Cricket World Cup 2015: Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?

Cricket World Cup 2015

Has the success of the tournament spelt the end for Test matches?
The Last Word: Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Justin Gatlin knows the price of everything, the value of nothing