Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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Tim Farron speaking at the Liberal Democrats Party Conference

Tim Farron secures frontrunner status in bid to become Lib Dem leader

Political Correspondent Mark Leftly reports on activists’ fury over polling day meltdown

Campaigners say that expansion will also boost connectivity with Britain’s regional airports

Pressure rises for new runway after Heathrow domestic flights revealed to have halved in 25 years

The number of domestic airports with flight connections to Heathrow has more than halved over the past 25 years

Tens of thousands of workers on the 2022 football World Cup in Qatar cannot get home to see their families

Nepal earthquake victims' families prevented from leaving Qatar Fifa World Cup building sites to attend funerals

Exclusive: Strict rules, known as kafala, mean that many of the 400,000 Nepalese employed in the country have their passports taken

BAE has since overhauled its PR operation and finally seems to accept that an arms company will attract criticism from pacifists and journalists, whether it likes it or not
There are only 400 House of Lords seats, but more than 840 peers

General Election 2015: House of Lords could swell to nearly 1,000 if Labour wins

The news strengthens the case for an overhaul of the unelected second chamber.

Ed Miliband said the Tories are a danger to family finances

General Election 2015: Ed Miliband brands David Cameron ‘a risk’ to the country

The Labour leader said the coalition had overseen a squeeze on family budgets, falling wages and 'food banks spreading across our land'

General Election 2015: Poll says this will be the closest call for 40 years

Ether Miliband or Cameron could become prime minister with the lowest share of the popular vote since 1923

Mr Umunna said one parliamentary answer showed that the Government did not even keep a record of trade missions led or attended by ministers.

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna says Coalition export efforts 'failed'

Exclusive: The shadow Business Secretary claims 'government scheme after government scheme which was supposed to help firms export has failed to deliver the goods'

The red line the City wants Nick Clegg to draw is on an EU referendum

Parliamentary Business: The Lib Dems' centre of gravity on the EU has shifted. The eurozone crisis sharpened opinions

An unmanned Taranis drone (nicknamed Raptor) in front of a piloted fighter jet

British arms firms forced to improve ethics, claim critics

Transparency International UK found that all 10 British companies included in its Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index met the three highest bands of ethical standards

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada