Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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Sir Keir Starmer is likely to win Holborn and St Pancras for Labour

General Election 2015: Public access to justice is at risk, says ex-prosecutor Sir Keir Starmer

Labour candidate seeks urgent review by any new government of Coalition reforms

The Queen Elizabeth II centre has been touted as a “no-brainer” for it to become Parliament’s temporary home when the palace is refurbished

General Election 2015: Lords and Commons decamp to reviled QEII conference centre while Parliament is renovated

Exclusive: Controversial 1980s building is set to be democracy's new home once multibillion restoration of the Palace of Westminster begins

Flood waters in Somerset. New arrangements for cover will have to wait until after the election

Flood insurance scheme is put on ice

The insurance industry had hoped the £180m-a-year scheme would be fully approved before 7 May

The PM has refused to commit himself to the NATO target of spending two per cent of GDP on defence

Mark Leftly: The pressure is on all parties when it comes to defence spending

Parliamentary Business: No party wants to make a pledge over the MoD budget when people have suffered through spending cuts

The 2010-formed Coalition was led by a partly reformed Conservative Party, checked and balanced by Nick Clegg

General Election 2015: Lib Dems 'would block new deal with Tories'

Party activists say there would not be enough support this time round - and coalition with Labour would be difficult too

More than 700 babies up to six months old had their ashes scattered or buried without their parents’ knowledge between 2008 and 2013

Bereaved parents to be given fresh guarantees over their babies' ashes following crematorium scandal

Justice minister wants to create the post of national inspector of crematoria

The seven leaders of Britain's main political parties take part in the general election live debate.

General Election 2015: The little secrets that lurk behind the big ideas...

Parties want you to notice certain policies, but not others. Mark Leftly reads between the lines

Under the current system, Easter can move by more than a month because of the use of both solar and lunar calendars to determine the date

Move Easter to a fixed week in April to help parents and businesses, say campaigners

Although a law was passed in 1928 to set the date of the festival, churches have not agreed

The Napo probation union have said that many staff now face redundancy and job insecurity

Probation service faces job cuts under Sodexo

Outsourcer Sodexo is best known for catering

Exclusive: CDC hits back at accusation over Sierra Leone timber investment

CDC insiders believe that the Miro investment shows that the organisation is working hard to help Sierra Leone rebuild what was a fast-growing, but delicate post-civil war economy

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Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

Not even the 'putrid throat' could stop the Ross Poldark swoon-fest'

How a costume drama became a Sunday night staple
Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence