Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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Mark Leftly: We're down in the dumps about research and science is suffering

Westminster Outlook In the shadow of Augustus Pugin's final and finest architectural gift to the nation, a 156-year-old clock tower that is the most city-defining example of the 19th century Gothic revival, Westminster hacks revel in "data dumps".

Mark Leftly: Builders, recruit an MP who understands housing crises

Westminster Outlook Pre-coalition, Sarah Teather was the go-to Liberal Democrat for current affairs journalists.

Accuser: Andy Burnham condemned coalition ‘vow of silence’ on NHS

Labour accuses PM of abandoning promise to patients by failing to implement NHS reform

Health spokesman Andy Burnham promises to 'force a Commons debate' over the absence of a Bill from the Government's last legislative programme
Rough waters: More docks would be needed to dismantle Trident subs

Scottish independence: 'Yes' vote could scupper nuclear clean-up

MoD has no contingency plans for decommissioning Britain's atomic submarine fleet should Edinburgh break away

Mark Leftly: Spin doctors in a dogfight over airport expansion

Westminster Outlook A titanic tussle between Tony Blair spin-meisters over the future of Britain's airports has begun, this column can exclusively reveal*.

Whitehall will be sold off in the name of reform

Westminster Outlook Royal Mail aside, this Tory-led Coalition has not been a government marked by grand privatisations.

‘Union-busting’ nuclear team faces flak over pay

The consortium working on the £70bn-plus clear-up of the Sellafield nuclear facility in Cumbria has been accused of “American-style union busting”.

Has Clegg dodged the bullet?

Nick Clegg survives a coup but Lib Dem MPs’ fury over poor election results rages on

Deputy Prime Minister will be urged to change party’s strategy as LibDems fear a rout in 2015 vote

GMB workers have been infuriated by pay offers

1,500,000 public sector workers prepare to strike

Ministers in crisis talks as ‘unsustainable’ wages blamed for decision to stage massive walkout

The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out is Good Business, by John Browne; book review

There is a convincingly argued, utterly persuasive essay sandwiched between some self-serving dross in The Glass Closet.

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