Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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Mark Leftly: Costs to be factored in to London’s airport solution

Westminster Outlook A couple of weeks ago this column revealed that spinners from the Tony Blair years are locked in a slowly simmering battle over the expansion of Britain’s airports.

Mark Leftly: Is this the same Vince Cable who invoked Big Brother?

Westminster Outlook If I seem a touch harsh on our increasingly Gladstonian-featured Business Secretary then that’s probably because I’ve got the hump with him over China.

Mark Leftly: A second bite of the Royal Mail cherry - please don’t mess it up

Westminster Outlook Sadly for Vince Cable, if his five-year tenure as Business Secretary in this bastard hybrid of a government is remembered for anything, it will be for the messed up privatisation of Royal Mail.

Rolls-Royce took the top brand spot before news of its engine failure broke

Rolls-Royce acts to appease investors with £1bn buyback

Aero-engine maker shelves acquisition plans in wake of shock profit warning

Mark Leftly: We're down in the dumps about research and science is suffering

Westminster Outlook In the shadow of Augustus Pugin's final and finest architectural gift to the nation, a 156-year-old clock tower that is the most city-defining example of the 19th century Gothic revival, Westminster hacks revel in "data dumps".

Mark Leftly: Builders, recruit an MP who understands housing crises

Westminster Outlook Pre-coalition, Sarah Teather was the go-to Liberal Democrat for current affairs journalists.

Accuser: Andy Burnham condemned coalition ‘vow of silence’ on NHS

Labour accuses PM of abandoning promise to patients by failing to implement NHS reform

Health spokesman Andy Burnham promises to 'force a Commons debate' over the absence of a Bill from the Government's last legislative programme
Rough waters: More docks would be needed to dismantle Trident subs

Scottish independence: 'Yes' vote could scupper nuclear clean-up

MoD has no contingency plans for decommissioning Britain's atomic submarine fleet should Edinburgh break away

Mark Leftly: Spin doctors in a dogfight over airport expansion

Westminster Outlook A titanic tussle between Tony Blair spin-meisters over the future of Britain's airports has begun, this column can exclusively reveal*.

Whitehall will be sold off in the name of reform

Westminster Outlook Royal Mail aside, this Tory-led Coalition has not been a government marked by grand privatisations.

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