Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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The Commons has the least transparent lobbying rules in the UK

New Transparency International UK report lays bare the scandal of lobbyists

The current rules are inadequate despite new laws, and 40 loopholes allow corrupt activity

But Hain, a former Wales and work and pensions secretary who is standing down from the House of Commons this year, thinks that updating a six-decade old treatise will help the Labour Party reclaim its soul, having been spooked by the financial crisis and 2010 general election loss

Back to the Future of Socialism by Peter Hain, book review: Powerful, questionable, confrontational – but not dull

Central to Hain’s thesis is the Keynesian point that public sector investment now means lower borrowing later

Mark Leftly: Who is in the MoD's sights to equip our armed forces?

Westminster Outlook The Ministry of Defence surprised those of us with an eye on defence procurement by getting Bernard Gray to stay on another year as chief of defence materiel. He had been one of two in the running for a fresh four-year contract, which involves reforming the £14bn-budget Defence Equipment and Support agency that buys our forces’ weapons and kit.

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Mark Leftly: They gave the watchdog power to probe supermarkets. Shame they forgot the teeth

Westminster Outlook As well as being the Groceries Code Adjudicator, the rather ominous-sounding title for the watchdog overseeing the relationship between supermarkets and their suppliers, Christine Tacon is a non-executive director at the Met Office. She should, then, be able to forecast the storms ahead in her first big test in the role.

Executives at the Civil Aviation Authority, which is the British regulator, were concerned that this was an “unusual incident”, and questioned whether engine manufacturers were managing their risks properly

Engine fault that stranded Thomson tourists found in eight other planes

A problem in a Boeing 787 engine worried the regulator

Margaret Hodge chairs the Public Accounts Committee, which will be grilling corporate leaders as the election nears

Steve Melton faces PAC: Circle Holdings boss in Hinchingbrooke Hospital row is next in line for Margaret Hodge treatment

The grilling kicks off at least six weeks of what are likely to be tense hearings before Parliament breaks for the election

Numbers of new Ebola cases in Sierra Leone have dwindled (AP)

Ebola outbreak: BA and Whitehall pushed to restart direct flights to virus-hit countries

British aid workers and UK-based West Africans can now fly to Freetown and Liberia only via Belgium or Morocco

David Anderson said he welcomed the new powers which would increase the role’s effectiveness

Terror law watchdog wins battle with Government to be given new discretionary powers

Additional responsibilities include being able to look into the way the register of convicted terrorists is maintained

Ed Davey is seen as ‘clever, a reliable liberal and extremely good with people’ (Justin Sutcliffe)

Lib Dem peers see Ed Davey as next party leader

Support for the Energy Secretary is growing amid fears that Nick Clegg could lose his seat

The proportion of released criminals reoffending was down only 0.4 per cent to 26.1 per cent

Falls in reoffending rates undermine private probation service, campaigners claim

Tomorrow, 70 per cent of the service, representing all but the country’s most dangerous offenders, is formally handed over to the private sector

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Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

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Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
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Disney's mega money-making formula

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Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
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Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
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The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

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