Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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Exclusive: Ofcom to criticise Royal Mail efficiency

It is thought Ofcom will echo criticisms made by Whistl that Royal Mail 'lags behind' other European Union postal services

Charities demand budget increase for life-saving cancer drugs fund

Charities have demanded an increase in the £280m budget for a fund that has given 55,000 cancer patients access to life-saving treatments, and medicines that have improved lives or made terminal illness more comfortable.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will drive a hard bargain in any coalition deal

New powers may let Scotland go it alone after all...

Peer's devolution report will recommend that Holyrood be given control of its electoral system
It was reported in the Sunday Mirror that former prime minister Gordon Brown will step down as an MP at the 2015 general election

Gordon Brown 'ready to quit as MP at election'

The former PM is looking to 'go out on a high' after helping rescue Scottish independence referendum 'No' vote
Royal Mail says rivals such as Whistl can ‘cherry-pick’ where they deliver

Rivals should be made to deliver regularly, and to any address, Royal Mail tells MPs

Royal Mail has told MPs that existing and potential rivals must be forced to deliver post for a set number of days and to every address in the regions they serve in order to protect the universal postal service.

Network Rail slammed after dismal record on punctuality

In the wake of a dire set of performance figures, Network Rail’s chief executive, Mark Carne, has been warned by the industry’s top regulator that his organisation is failing passengers.

Mark Leftly: Babcock catches the City with its defences down

Westminster Outlook Babcock International’s share price has fallen this year. Yesterday, the FTSE 100 group’s order backlog was up 15 per cent to £18.5bn, reflecting huge contract wins in defence, nuclear decommissioning and naval repairs.

Mark Leftly: Student loans - a sale waiting to happen if the Tories win

Westminster Outlook And here’s one of the first things a Tory government will privatise: the student loans book in England and Wales.

Mark Leftly: David Cameron walks the walk but he needs to talk the talk with unions

Westminster Outlook Perhaps it was because he opted out of drinking with his advisers at the almost perfectly named Lefty’s, an old-time music hall in Brisbane, in the early hours of Sunday morning, but it was quite remarkable how fresh-faced David Cameron appeared on his return to the House of Commons.

Britain’s Babcock beats off US rivals to service Army tanks

The blue chip government contractor Babcock International has edged out two huge US rivals to snap up nearly 3,000 of the Ministry of Defence’s top engineers.

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The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

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How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

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Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

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The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
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Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

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This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
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'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
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