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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Mr Umunna said one parliamentary answer showed that the Government did not even keep a record of trade missions led or attended by ministers.

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna says Coalition export efforts 'failed'

Exclusive: The shadow Business Secretary claims 'government scheme after government scheme which was supposed to help firms export has failed to deliver the goods'

The red line the City wants Nick Clegg to draw is on an EU referendum

Parliamentary Business: The Lib Dems' centre of gravity on the EU has shifted. The eurozone crisis sharpened opinions

An unmanned Taranis drone (nicknamed Raptor) in front of a piloted fighter jet

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Transparency International UK found that all 10 British companies included in its Defence Companies Anti-Corruption Index met the three highest bands of ethical standards

Andrea Leadsom is the current economic secretary to the Treasury

General Election 2015: Tory backbenchers tip rising star Andrea Leadsom as successor to David Cameron as party leader

PM's speech on ethnic diversity is overshadowed by a gaffe about his favourite football team

Decriminalisation of hard drugs would clear court backlogs

Change the drug laws to save money, say civil servants

The Lord Chancellor has been heavily criticised by lawyers for his relentless focus on cuts, notably on legal aid, at what they claim has come at the expense of 'access to justice'

Labour has vowed to “increase the amount of time prisoners spend working and learning” and Liberal Democrats said they would “reform prisons so they become places of work, rehabilitation and learning”.

Lib Dems to look at prison reforms to tax inmates on work they do inside

Previous work schemes have been shut down for paying cash-in-hand

The SNP wants the employment allowance trebled to £6,000 per year by 2019-20, thereby reducing the cost to business of creating jobs

The City should not dismiss the SNP as a single-issue party

Parliamentary Business: It wants the employment allowance trebled to £6,000 per year, thereby reducing the cost of creating jobs

Mr Salmond is currently favourite for the Gordon seat

General Election 2015: How a tactical voting campaign could thwart Alex Salmond

Many Labour and Tory voters in Gordon say they will vote Lib Dem

The Conservatives have pledged in their manifesto to make sure those on the minimum wage don’t pay tax

General Election 2015: Manifestos are dull - all the more reason to check the small print

The City was shocked when Labour made the Bank of England independent on winning the 1997 general election. Some complained that the party had made no mention of such a move in its manifesto.

Danny Alexander: Highly valued by his leader, Nick Clegg

General Election 2015: Lib Dem plan for Danny Alexander to keep Cabinet post if they forge another coalition with Tories

A peerage could be the answer, as pollsters bet on the Chief Secretary to the Treasury losing his seat

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