Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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Mr Salmond is currently favourite for the Gordon seat

General Election 2015: How a tactical voting campaign could thwart Alex Salmond

Many Labour and Tory voters in Gordon say they will vote Lib Dem

The Conservatives have pledged in their manifesto to make sure those on the minimum wage don’t pay tax

General Election 2015: Manifestos are dull - all the more reason to check the small print

The City was shocked when Labour made the Bank of England independent on winning the 1997 general election. Some complained that the party had made no mention of such a move in its manifesto.

Danny Alexander: Highly valued by his leader, Nick Clegg

General Election 2015: Lib Dem plan for Danny Alexander to keep Cabinet post if they forge another coalition with Tories

A peerage could be the answer, as pollsters bet on the Chief Secretary to the Treasury losing his seat

The Labour party has been paying off heavy debts from the 2005 and earlier general elections for years, with its fundraising expected to fall several million short of the £19.5m central campaign cap for this election

General Election 2015: A possible second election this year would expose Labour's funding gap with Tories

Senior party sources are expecting another poll, but depleted coffers will make it tough to match the Conservatives

On entering Number 10 in 1997, Tony Blair was sceptical about the PFI

We are all paying for New Labour's toxic PFI legacy

Parliamentary Business

Sir Keir Starmer is likely to win Holborn and St Pancras for Labour

General Election 2015: Public access to justice is at risk, says ex-prosecutor Sir Keir Starmer

Labour candidate seeks urgent review by any new government of Coalition reforms

The Queen Elizabeth II centre has been touted as a “no-brainer” for it to become Parliament’s temporary home when the palace is refurbished

General Election 2015: Lords and Commons decamp to reviled QEII conference centre while Parliament is renovated

Exclusive: Controversial 1980s building is set to be democracy's new home once multibillion restoration of the Palace of Westminster begins

Flood waters in Somerset. New arrangements for cover will have to wait until after the election

Flood insurance scheme is put on ice

The insurance industry had hoped the £180m-a-year scheme would be fully approved before 7 May

The PM has refused to commit himself to the NATO target of spending two per cent of GDP on defence

Mark Leftly: The pressure is on all parties when it comes to defence spending

Parliamentary Business: No party wants to make a pledge over the MoD budget when people have suffered through spending cuts

The 2010-formed Coalition was led by a partly reformed Conservative Party, checked and balanced by Nick Clegg

General Election 2015: Lib Dems 'would block new deal with Tories'

Party activists say there would not be enough support this time round - and coalition with Labour would be difficult too

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