Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is political correspondent at The Independent on Sunday and associate business editor across the Independent titles. He writes a weekly column, Parliamentary Business, published on a Wednesday, that covers politics and the City. He is a multi-award winning reporter and was named Press Gazette's business magazine journalist of the year prior to joining The Independent on Sunday.

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Frank Bruno, left, is endorsing Norman Lamb for the Lib Dem leadership

Frank Bruno to join N-Dubz star Dappy in backing Norman Lamb to be Lib Dem leader

Mr Lamb wants to show he has popular appeal to close the gap to Tim Farron

Lynton Crosby has been dubbed the “Wizard of Oz”

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The 'Wizard of Oz' helped to mastermind David Cameron's election success

Jonathon Porritt is former chairman of the government's Sustainable Development Commission, a former director of Friends of the Earth and the founder-director of the think tank Forum for the Future

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Sir Jonathon Porritt criticised the environmental campaigners failure to oppose new nuclear power stations

An HS2 train crosses a viaduct near Birmingham, in this artist’s impression

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The link would have cut journey times to and from London by 90 minutes

A worrying lack of scrutiny as former spook joins BP's board

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Farrell's London - image of a two-runway Gatwick

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The poll, commissioned by the Let Britain Fly pressure group, indicated that 45 per cent were in favour of new runways being built

Tim Farron, one of the party’s few remaining MPs, is the favourite to win the Lib Dem leadership

Lib Dems may look at axing party colour and 'liberty bird' logo

... but is this really the priority?

Plans to elect mayors in large English cities such as Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle could result in the new government's first significant rebellion

Plans to elect mayors in cities such as Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle meets opposition by backbench Tories

A new Bill gives more funding control to big cities, but only if they agree to hold mayoral elections - Mark Leftly reports on opposition to the move

Labour MP Adrian Bailey will launch this inquiry if he is re-elected chairman of the Commons Business Select Committee

Exclusive: MPs set to fight threat to axe Business, Innovation and Skills department

Opponents fear that without a dedicated department, state-backed business initiatives will falter

David Cameron will have to appease backbenchers now that the Conservatives have a majority

David Cameron tries to convince backbenchers he has changed leadership style in attempt to head off rebellions

With a majority of only 12, No 10 must keep the peace

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