Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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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
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

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.

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*.

‘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”.

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

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

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum

Lord Browne’s campaign for gay rights stops at the Kremlin

Former BP boss shocks his supporters by defending Putin’s homophobia

Weir may target rival IMI after Metso rejects £3.7bn takeover

Weir was forced to walk away from its dreams of building an engineering empire on Wednesday after its Finnish rival Metso rejected a second, £3.7bn takeover attempt.

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
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Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

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Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
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