Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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Scottish independence: EDF 'uncertain' of single market or the future of nuclear plants

Energy supplier says Salmond has not clarified basic issues such as wholesale electricity

Flood water at Walton-on-Thames, Surrey

Exclusive: UK firms out of race for £485m Thames flood defence project

Large deals are being snaffled by US firms with strong balance sheets and big project experience

Piloting website: Tim Loughton MP

Note My Vote: Now you stand a chance of influencing your MP

New website will send constituency breakdown of public votes on forthcoming legislation

Royal Mail believes that its rivals have unfair advantages

Royal Mail: MPs warn of a postal service ‘fatally wounded’ by its rivals

Westminster to launch inquiry into actions of growing alternatives

Westminster Outlook: A wafer-thin ‘no’ vote and Scotland will be condemned to living in limbo

A “yes” vote in the independence referendum would be a terrible outcome for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Make no mistake, the rest of the UK would fall into recession, reopening the deep, freshly stitched wounds of the financial crisis, while business for far too long believed the line in Westminster that a vote to leave the Union was borderline impossible.

Photos of actress Jennifer Lawrence were published on the internet

Celebrity photos leak: Lib Dems pledge a digital bill of rights to protect privacy in its election manifesto

Move comes after nude photographs of celebrities were stolen and published on the internet
Chris Grayling, Justice Secretary

Mark Leftly: Probation bidders may make a profit, but they’ll never be popular

The crisis is too great to subdue quickly or, indeed, profitably, in most of the CRCs

Mark Carne is the chief executive of Network Rail

Exclusive: Anger as rail chiefs cut board out of more spending decisions

Mark Carne has delegated approval for projects and contract awards worth up to £750m from the board to the executive committee

Mark Leftly: You hold constructive talks and then you cough up £224m

Westminster Outlook It emerged this week that the Massachusetts-based Raytheon has won a drawn-out legal fight with the Home Office. 

Mark Leftly: The tax guns will fall silent when American experts man our defences

Westminster Outlook Kevan Jones was one very unhappy Labour MP last Saturday. The shadow armed forces minister had just read our scoop that the US engineering giants Bechtel and CH2M Hill had won the critically important contracts to manage vast chunks of Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S). This is the Ministry of Defence agency that has a £14bn budget to buy all the military’s kit, from surveillance systems to submarine-hunting helicopters.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker