Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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Labour will take aim at Tory and Lib Dem London seats to get Ed Miliband into Number 10, reveals Sadiq Khan

Shadow justice secretary says party is targeting a dozen marginal seats in the capital ahead of May’s election

Vince Cable, the Business Secretary, wanted the banks to commit to maintaining their last remaining branches in towns or villages – but the proposed British Banking Association (BBA) guidelines make no mention of such a policy

Vince Cable's middling grade as Business Secretary is well-deserved

Westminster Outlook

The East Coast franchise has been awarded to Inter City Railways

Chiltern, London Midland and East Coast among quarter of rail franchises making losses between £1m and £8m

The findings back up industry claims that the franchise system does not lead to excessive profits

BT poised to land bailiff contract to collect billions in unpaid fines

The Justice Secretary believes that big business would be more effective than the courts at reducing the level of outstanding fines

Barely two-in-five local authorities in England provide enough childcare services for parents who work full-time

Two million working families have councils that are failing to provide appropriate childcare

Less than half of English authorities provide enough places - and it's worse in Wales

The proposed increase in fees for landlords and mortgage lenders would be £75

Landlords and tenants condemn higher cost of resolving arrears

National Landlords Association claims the Government risks 'pricing landlords out of the court service'

Mark Leftly: There's no hedge with Margaret Hodge and no avoiding a tax outcry

Westminster Outlook If there is any fire left in the belly of the House of Commons, then it is to be found in the perpetually incandescent form of the Public Accounts Committee chair, Margaret Hodge. In allegations that HSBC’s Swiss arm might have helped the wealthy avoid or even evade tax, she has an issue suited to her unique brand of fury and indignation.

Mark Leftly: Air passengers need MPs to leave the transit lounge and seek compensation

Westminster Outlook The final signs of life have drained out of this greying, decaying corpse of a parliament. Any vigour and colour is now on the road, as Harriet Harman tries to get out Labour’s female vote by visiting marginal constituencies in her pink/magenta battle-bus/minibus.

The existing Hinkley Point B's reactor near Bridgwater

Diplomatic row with Austria over EDF nuclear power station escalates

Austria is staunchly anti-nuclear

Vince Cable's department failing on apprenticeships

Last week, Mr Umunna accused the Government of exaggerating its success on apprentices

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