Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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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

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.

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*.

‘Union-busting’ nuclear team faces flak over pay

The consortium working on the £70bn-plus clear-up of the Sellafield nuclear facility in Cumbria has been accused of “American-style union busting”.

GMB workers have been infuriated by pay offers

1,500,000 public sector workers prepare to strike

Ministers in crisis talks as ‘unsustainable’ wages blamed for decision to stage massive walkout

Has Clegg dodged the bullet?

Nick Clegg survives a coup but Lib Dem MPs’ fury over poor election results rages on

Deputy Prime Minister will be urged to change party’s strategy as LibDems fear a rout in 2015 vote

The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business, by John Browne; book review

There is a convincingly argued, utterly persuasive essay sandwiched between some self-serving dross in The Glass Closet.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum

Lord Browne’s campaign for gay rights stops at the Kremlin

Former BP boss shocks his supporters by defending Putin’s homophobia

Weir may target rival IMI after Metso rejects £3.7bn takeover

Weir was forced to walk away from its dreams of building an engineering empire on Wednesday after its Finnish rival Metso rejected a second, £3.7bn takeover attempt.

Exclusive: Nuclear regulator the ONR accused of ‘indefensible’ conflict of interest

Britain’s nuclear watchdog faces what shocked industry insiders are calling “unbelievable” conflicts of interest, The Independent can reveal.

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Super Mario crushes the Messi dream as Germany win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Super Mario crushes the Messi dream

Germany win the 2014 World Cup in Brazil
Saharan remains may be evidence of the first race war, 13,000 years ago

The first race war, 13,000 years ago?

Saharan remains may be evidence of oldest large-scale armed conflict
Scientists find early warning system for Alzheimer’s

Scientists find early warning system for Alzheimer’s

Researchers hope eye tests can spot ‘biomarkers’ of the disease
Sex, controversy and schoolgirl schtick

Meet Japan's AKB48

Pop, sex and schoolgirl schtick make for controversial success
Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country

How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over northern Iraq

A speech by an ex-MI6 boss hints at a plan going back over a decade. In some areas, being Shia is akin to being a Jew in Nazi Germany, says Patrick Cockburn
The evolution of Andy Serkis: First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

The evolution of Andy Serkis

First Gollum, then King Kong - now the actor is swinging through the trees in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial: Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried

You thought 'Benefits Street' was controversial...

Follow-up documentary 'Immigrant Street' has got locals worried
Refugee children from Central America let down by Washington's high ideals

Refugee children let down by Washington's high ideals

Democrats and Republicans refuse to set aside their differences to cope with the influx of desperate Central Americas, says Rupert Cornwell
Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Children's books are too white, says Laureate

Malorie Blackman appeals for a better ethnic mix of authors and characters and the illustrator Quentin Blake comes to the rescue
Blackest is the new black: Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...

Blackest is the new black

Scientists have developed a material so dark that you can't see it...
Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

Matthew Barzun: America's diplomatic dude

The US Ambassador to London holds 'jeans and beer' gigs at his official residence – it's all part of the job, he tells Chris Green
Meet the Quantified Selfers: From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor

Meet the 'Quantified Selfers'

From heart rates to happiness, there is little this fast-growing, self-tracking community won't monitor
Madani Younis: Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Five-star reviews are just the opening act for British theatre's first non-white artistic director

Madani Younis wants the neighbourhood to follow his work as closely as his audiences do
Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

Mrs Brown and her boys: are they having a laugh?

When it comes to national stereotyping, the Irish – among others – know it can pay to play up to outsiders' expectations, says DJ Taylor