Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is political correspondent at The Independent on Sunday and associate business editor across the Independent titles. He writes a weekly column, Parliamentary Business, published on a Wednesday, that covers politics and the City. He is a multi-award winning reporter and was named Press Gazette's business magazine journalist of the year prior to joining The Independent on Sunday.

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Brexit campaign likely to dump politicians for entrepreneurs

Parliamentary Business: They think a business Eurosceptic needs to tell voters that there is a world of trade beyond Brussels

The scourges of British business are lining up to succeed arguably the most successful union leader of modern times, Sir Paul Kenny, right, as general secretary of the GMB

Union firebrands battle for leading GMB role in place of Sir Paul Kenny

The winner will be announced in the autumn, when Sir Paul, who was knighted for services to trade unions last month, stands down

An artist’s impression of an HS2 train, due to start running in 2026

Network Rail embroiled in conflict of interest row over its new 'special director'

Richard Brown, recently appointed to the ailing firm, has strong links with HS2

Former minister Alistair Carmichael wants devolved land rights for his Orkney and Shetland constituency

Scotland Bill: Alistair Carmichael takes on SNP as he demands devolution of property

Former minister wants local authorities to take responsibility for Crown Estate lands in Orkney and Shetland, rather than the Holyrood parliament

The extent to which Parliament's refurbishment will disrupt the Thames (sizes are approximate)

Parliament refurbishment: Part of Thames could be closed as Westminster undergoes vital repairs

The multibillion pound project may require river to be used as a supply route

Tunnelling for London's Crossrail project is complete

Crossrail 2 proposal receives £100m Budget boost from Chancellor

George Osborne is preparing to give more than £100m to develop the Crossrail 2 proposal

Network Rail runs and maintains 20,000 miles of track and 18 major stations from Glasgow Central down to Bristol Temple Meads

Network Rail prepares ground for £1bn sale of its properties

Exclusive: Rothschild hired to look into sale as upgrades are delayed and bonuses cancelled

An HS2 train crosses a viaduct near Birmingham, in this artist’s impression

Experts surprised at HS2's use of public-sector staff

There will be nearly 1,000 civil servants working on the £50bn High Speed Two railway, a number that has staggered project management experts.

Michael Gove

Michael Gove is instructing his civil servants on grammar

Officials warned never to use the word 'impact' as a verb and to spell out contractions so that 'doesn’t' becomes 'does not'

Norman Lamb said he had acted decisively with ‘no dithering’ over the issue

Lib Dem leadership candidate Norman Lamb removes two campaign team members over 'push polling' claims

The police and the Information Commissioner have been approached by concerned party members over phone calls made on 19 June

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