Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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Part-privatisation of vehicle agency scrapped

Exclusive: Decision to scrap search for a commercial partner to help run the Vehicle Certification Agency came at a late stage

Margaret Hodge’s committee is investigating alleged tax avoidance

Margaret Hodge to grill PwC and Shire over tax avoidance in Public Accounts Committee

The accountant PricewaterhouseCoopers and drugs giant Shire are due face a tense parliamentary showdown over tax avoidance with an angered Margaret Hodge today.

Mark Leftly: Expect a disunited kingdom when it comes to taxing corporations

Westminster Outlook The €60m (£47m) Santiago Calatrava-designed Samuel Beckett Bridge, with its support cables towering 48 metres over the River Liffey, is a symbol of Dublin’s commercial power.

Homes underwater along the banks of the River Severn in Worcester

Autumn Statement: Firms to get tax breaks for flood defences

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls accuses the Government of repeating old infrastructure plans

Ofcom challenges Royal Mail’s performance

Royal Mail has slumped to the foot of the FTSE 100 as regulators shot down its claims that the six-day-a-week universal delivery service is under threat from fast-growing competition.

Royal Mail shares take a hit after regulator rejects claims universal service under threat

‘We have concluded there is no present risk to the financial sustainability of the universal service’

G4S has warned MPs that the heads of prisons are being “undermined” by government policy

Coalition is 'undermining' prison chiefs' ability to govern effectively, G4S warns

Britain's biggest private jail management company, G4S, has warned MPs that the heads of prisons are being "undermined" by government policy.

The new facility being built will enrich uranium for Trident missiles

MoD orders review into spiralling cost of Project Pegasus nuclear plant

It has also emerged that Britain's nuclear regulator is experiencing difficulty hiring inspectors
On Christmas Day 2013, residents evacuate Yalding

Heckle the PM... get £15m for flood defences

Kent village scheme is one of many infrastructure projects to be unveiled this week – including a road tunnel under Stonehenge
Kim Joo-il defected from North Korea and now lives in New Malden

UK may ship all North Korean asylum-seekers to South Korea

581 North Korean refugees were living in the UK in 2010

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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