Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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Exclusive: Union warns of ‘thin end of wedge’ as energy giant EDF plans 150 job losses

EDF to cut customer service jobs in move linked by critics to Labour price-freeze pledge

MPs were dismayed to find costs at Sellafield have been soaring to over £70bn

Nuclear body rebuked over redacted report

Government backs MPs over authority’s blackout of public information on running of Sellafield

Judgment day: Lord Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice, is keen to reform the courts

Court closures spark fears of ‘justice deserts’ in rural areas

Selling buildings is said to be funding modernisation, but some may have gone for as little as £1

Len McCluskey

Unions’ merger could create mega-leader to rival Arthur Scargill

The Unite general secretary, Len McCluskey, looks set to become the most powerful trade union leader since Arthur Scargill, after authorising formal merger talks to take over the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS). 

Mark Leftly: Austerity and pension problems leave PCS facing a takeover, not a merger

Westminster Outlook The Public & Commercial Services Union was forged in trauma and will end in capitulation.

Book review: Parliament: The Biography by Chris Bryant

Chris Bryant, a former deputy leader of the House of Commons and a Labour MP since 2001, recently tweeted in praise of a "splendid" speech by Hilary Benn dedicated to his deceased father, Tony. MPs burst into applause, which, Bryant reminded his 34,000 followers, is "unparliamentary".

Shares in the Royal Mail rocketed 38 per cent on their first day of trading and have been 72 per cent higher than they were sold for

MPs vie to put ministers in dock over sale of Royal Mail shares

Select committees queue up to attack privatisation said to have cost taxpayer £1bn

Salmond: ‘Daleks are unhappy’

Scottish independence: Alex Salmond mocks 'the most boring campaign in history'

Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, has accused unionists of fighting "the most thoroughly boring campaign in modern political history".

Anti HS2 notice on fields planned for use

An Independent Scotland 'would lose its HS2', warns minister

Westminster will not fund high-speed link past the border - and Scots cannot afford it

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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home