Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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The proportion of released criminals reoffending was down only 0.4 per cent to 26.1 per cent

Falls in reoffending rates undermine private probation service, campaigners claim

Tomorrow, 70 per cent of the service, representing all but the country’s most dangerous offenders, is formally handed over to the private sector

Westminster

Mark Leftly: Can we outsource guns'n'ammo? We're still waiting for an answer

If he continues in the role, Bernard Gray could earn £500,000 a year plus bonus

Jon Moulton, head of Better Capital, was questioned about the collapse of the parcel delivery firm

Private equity baron angers MPs with City Link defence

Better Capital lost £20m as a result of City Link’s collapse

Mark Leftly: Nuclear clean-up has been a toxic waste of public money

Westminster Outlook A hapless consortium led by URS (now part of US rival Aecom) was finally axed from leading the clean-up of Cumbria’s Sellafield last week.

Railway workers on the tracks outside King's Cross, London

Mark Leftly: If we're to boost rail industry exports, Britain must ditch its underdog attitude

Westminster Outlook The rail sector is, at £9.3bn a year and 212,000 jobs, a surprisingly large chunk of the UK economy, and the industry’s political and business influence is only set to grow with the country’s biggest revamp of major lines and stations in more than a century.

A medic feeds a child victim of Ebola in Sierra Leone

Ebola outbreak: Britain's bill for tackling virus in Sierra Leone spirals to £330m due to cuts in aid

Critics blame £100m increase on Coalition, saying it left the African country ill-prepared for crisis

Mark Leftly: The High Speed 2 rail link still carries too much baggage

Westminster Outlook The Public Accounts Committee says today it is sceptical that, at £50bn, High Speed 2 will “deliver value for money for the taxpayer”. That’s not a huge surprise given that committee chair Margaret Hodge has been personally sceptical for some time.

Mark Leftly: Jeremy Thorpe tale offers lesson for MPs seeking board seats

Westminster Outlook Talking of Liberal leaders having trouble with business, Michael Bloch’s rip-roaring biography of Jeremy Thorpe, who died last month, reminds us of more than just the Old Etonian’s sexploits. Before the Norman Scott scandal ended his political career, Thorpe was nearly dragged down by London & County Securities, a lender of risky second mortgages.

Westminster

Mark Leftly: Sheffield is paying for a bad decision. Nick Clegg could pay the price too

Westminster outlook Betfair has made Labour 4/9 to take Nick Clegg’s Sheffield Hallam seat in May. If that is to be the Lib Dem leader’s fate, it will become a classic case study for the dangers of political meddling in sensible business decisions.

Airbus managed to secure the top sales spot thanks to a surge in orders in December

Airbus tops Boeing in orders but leaves investors worried

This means Airbus commands more than 50 per cent of the market for aircraft with more than 100 seats

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'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

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Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
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Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

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With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

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You won't believe your eyes

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Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
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