Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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Emergency gas workers suffer under pay deal

National Grid has been accused of a “management failure” that has allegedly seen hundreds of workers left out of pocket, as the power giant’s fractious relationship with unions hits new lows.

The first system of its kind in the Thames provides hot water for 150 homes and a large hotel in Richmond Park

Heat from rivers could supply energy to thousands of homes

Department of Energy wants rapid development of pumps that could help provide low-carbon power
Street life: A generation will struggle to play its part in society, says Unison

Cuts to youth services 'will lead to poverty and crime,' say unions

Fears of developing crisis as youth worker numbers and clubs are slashed, and the young are left hanging about on street corners
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is being pressured to find more funds

Nurses seek £15m to avert hike in watchdog's annual registration fees

The Nursing and Midwifery Council may have to increase its fees from £100 to £120 next year
Salmond: Not appealing to female voters?

Scottish independence: Women say No to 'blokeish' First Minister Alex Salmond

Alex Salmond's "blokeish attitude" has made him a liability among women in Scotland during the independence referendum campaign, according to one of his chief opponents.

Persistence may well pay off for the American big guns

Westminster Outlook Here’s a bit of Government contract gossip. This month – probably next week – new Defence Secretary Michael Fallon will push ahead with one of the big departmental reforms launched by his predecessor, Philip Hammond. The department will announce which companies have won the first four packages of work to introduce greater private-sector discipline to Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S), the £14bn budget agency that buys military kit.

From Kuwaiti canals to welfare-to-work, Interserve has come a long way – quietly

Westminster Outlook Founded by brothers Augustus and Edmund Hughes 130-years ago, the London & Tilbury Lighterage Company was a business to stir the blood.

A third runway at the UK's biggest airport - Heathrow - is one of the expansion options put forward in a first report published today by the Airports Commission

Exclusive: Stop dithering over airport capacity, business leaders tell politicians

Let Britain Fly has enlisted 10 business figures to make video appeals for more airport capacity

No10 has condemned Miliband's stance on the Israeli-Palestinian issue

Israel-Gaza conflict: David Cameron is 'in the wrong' over Gaza, says Ed Miliband

The Labour leader launches attack on the PM as Lib Dems fall out over 'frequently irresponsible' tweets of MP
Alex Salmond wants to renationalise the Royal Mail north of the border

Scottish independence: MPs set to 'pour scorn' on SNP finance plans

Renationalising independent Scotland's Royal Mail will be tricky, and charging UK students will be illegal, says committee
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A look at the the legal tourists who exploited our liberal dissolution rules
Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon

The vintage series has often been criticised for racial stereotyping
An app for the amorous: Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?

An app for the amorous

Could Good2Go end disputes about sexual consent - without being a passion-killer?
Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid. Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?

Llansanffraid is now Llansantffraid

Welsh town changes its name, but can you spot the difference?
Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

Charlotte Riley: At the peak of her powers

After a few early missteps with Chekhov, her acting career has taken her to Hollywood. Next up is a role in the BBC’s gangster drama ‘Peaky Blinders’
She's having a laugh: Britain's female comedians have never had it so good

She's having a laugh

Britain's female comedians have never had it so good, says stand-up Natalie Haynes
Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LED lights designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows

Let there be light

Sistine Chapel to ‘sing’ with new LEDs designed to bring Michelangelo’s masterpiece out of the shadows
Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat

Tensions rise in Bake Off's pastry week

Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
Paris Fashion Week, spring/summer 2015: Time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris

A look to the future

It's time travel fashion at Louis Vuitton in Paris
The 10 best bedspreads

The 10 best bedspreads

Before you up the tog count on your duvet, add an extra layer and a room-changing piece to your bed this autumn
Arsenal vs Galatasaray: Five things we learnt from the Emirates

Arsenal vs Galatasaray

Five things we learnt from the Gunners' Champions League victory at the Emirates
Stuart Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

Lancaster’s long-term deal makes sense – a rarity for a decision taken by the RFU

This deal gives England a head-start to prepare for 2019 World Cup, says Chris Hewett
Ebola outbreak: The children orphaned by the virus – then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection

The children orphaned by Ebola...

... then rejected by surviving relatives over fear of infection
Pride: Are censors pandering to homophobia?

Are censors pandering to homophobia?

US film censors have ruled 'Pride' unfit for under-16s, though it contains no sex or violence
The magic of roundabouts

Lords of the rings

Just who are the Roundabout Appreciation Society?