Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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Workers in an uncompleted tunnel near Bond Street

Crossrail faces the prospect of signal trouble from day one

Engineers say the interface with the national rail network is causing problems and could even fail when new line opens
Westminster

Mark Leftly: It's in the blind spot of MPs but motoring reforms have hit a dead end

The election must not overshadow the business of government

Lib Dem leader-in-waiting Tim Farron handed high-profile foreign affairs brief

EXCLUSIVE: Farron favourite to succeed Nick Clegg in event of electoral wipeout

Nearly 30,000 people aged 24 and under have been on the dole for longer than a year

Young jobless cost taxpayers over £180m every year

Labour believes that highlighting the stubbornly high youth unemployment rates is a potential vote winner
Theresa May: ‘It is right that I, not the courts, impose an order of this kind’

Home Secretary faces Tory backlash on counter-terrorism

Backbenchers 'appalled by shabby Bill' which gives Theresa May increased powers of exclusion
University fees were raised to £9,000 a year in 2012

Tories misled Parliament over tuition fees, says shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna

Tories infuriated by hiss demand for what amounts to an embarrassing apology
Managing litter in England costs the state £1bn a year

Pick up some of the £1bn litter bill, MPs to tell businesses

McDonald's, Wrigley, and cigarette manufacturers should pay for disposal of the rubbish they help create, say critics

House prices end year in stable state – but only if you're outside London

The worrying boom in house prices has cooled since the summer, boosting hopes that the market will soon return to stable growth, according to Britain’s second biggest mortgage lender.

Passengers at Heathrow when a computer glitch caused mass cancellations

Lockheed and Altran caught up in air traffic fiasco inquiry

The failure came a year after 300 flights were cancelled due to problems with ground communications

Firefighters have gone on strike over moves to cut their pensions

Minister's pension promise to firefighters challenged

Claims Penny Mordaunt has 'yet to produce any evidence' that she can deliver on guarantee for those unable to find continued work in the fire service
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project