Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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Mark Leftly: What crisis? Ploughing on with probation service reform

Westminster Outlook If you thought that teachers hated their erstwhile Education Secretary, you should talk to probation officers. Their anger at the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, makes even the most left-wing teachers look like apologists for Michael Gove.

Mark Leftly: Good news on Grangemouth. But the Government needs to refine its message too

Westminster Outlook When it comes to the Scotland independence referendum, politicians in Westminster don’t learn. And with only two months until the vote, they probably never will.

Blacklisted site workers offered ‘cheap’ pay-offs

Eight of the firms that used the blacklist have offered between £4,000 and £20,000 – with a final decisions limited to a maximum of £100,000 – on a fast-track basis if workers can prove they suffered discrimination

Blade runners return to the war in the sky

In a hangar in France, a plane manufacturer is going back to the future, writes Mark Leftly in Toulouse. Amid high fuel costs, a design that restores propellers to prominence could catch on

Mark Leftly: Outsourcing may not be so lucrative under Ed Miliband

Westminster Outlook The announcement by Chi Onwurah, the shadow Cabinet Office minister, that Labour would make it easier for social enterprises to win Government contracts will not worry big beasts of outsourcing like Serco and Babcock. Only a relatively small number of three-year contracts will be open exclusively to enterprises “in the pursuit of a public service mission”.

Trains, fines and big claims – Network Rail is way off track

Westminster Outlook If the name Mark Carne sounded familiar a year ago, it was only because it was but a letter short of Mark Carney, the Government’s then newly appointed and anointed Governor of the Bank of England and saviour of the British economy.

Sell-off fears for health and safety regulator

Ministers want to take advantage of watchdog’s expertise to raise revenue

Protesters rally against Britain’s biggest payday lender

Credit unions to offer instant online approvals as ministers clamp down on payday loans industry

Last month, Wonga was forced to pay borrowers £2.6m in compensation after chasing them with fake legal letters
Effigy of the Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, at a Napo rally in April

Probation reform 'train crash poses a risk to public safety'

Chaos means that hundreds of danger assessments are not being carried out on criminal offenders
A security guard outside Yarl's Wood

MPs to investigate treatment of asylum seekers in detention centres

The inquiry was set up following claims of sexual abuse in centres such as Yarl's Wood in Bedfordshire
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