Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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‘Bureaucratic’ Regional Growth Fund to be probed by Business Select Committee

A National Audit Office report in February showed that of the £2.6bn allocated to projects by that time, only £492m had reached projects

Some experts believe service outsourcing to private firms has reduced access to HIV testing

Late diagnosis of HIV blamed on Coalition's health reforms

Fragmented sexual health services mean slower testing and more Aids deaths, say specialists
Crewe has been selected over Stoke-on-Trent for the second phase of the HS2 railway

HS2: Crewe to get green light as major station on rail-link's northerly route

The second phase of the railway should run through Crewe rather than Stoke-on-Trent, the chairman of HS2, Sir David Higgins, will confirm next month.

Mark Leftly: If UK universities want collaborations with business, they should ask for less

Westminster Outlook As the sheep graze quietly on the north bank of the River Elbe, the bars of the baroque old town on the other side of the river will be buzzing this weekend with professors enjoying a few steins of the local Waldschlösschen brew.

Mark Leftly: It gets knocked down but G4S keeps getting up again

Westminster Outlook I should have known that I’d get little change out of a Labour shadow minister who, leaning against the bar after a long day at the party’s annual conference this week, ordered a Diet Coke rather than a sharpener.

Mark Leftly: A case of gridlock coming up for Freedom of Information

Westminster Outlook The justice minister Simon Hughes wants to extend Freedom of Information laws to include companies that are in effect monopolies and provide public services. National Grid, which owns and runs the electricity-transmission network in England and Wales, is the obvious example.

Exclusive: Starbucks beware - union leader seeks jail terms for overseas tax avoiders

UK sales fell last year in the wake of revelations that it paid only £8.6m in tax

Labour Party Conference: Delegates ask - why is G4S guarding us?

Senior Labour MPs, including members of the shadow cabinet, are dismayed that G4S is providing security at the party conference this week.

Broken pledge: Clegg says Tory rebels defied coalition contract

Nick Clegg should do deal with the Tories over devolution, says former Lib Dem minister Sir Nick Harvey

Lib Dems might support Cameron in return for more power for the regions

It’s estimated that incorrectly issued fines are worth around £30m annually

Drivers may be able to reclaim millions in unfair parking fines

Ticket disputes should have been handled by local authorities and not their private contractors, tribunal rules

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
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Homeless Veterans appeal

Former soldiers pay their respects to a friend who also served
Downfall of Dustin 'Screech' Diamond, the 'Saved By The Bell' star charged with bar stabbing

Scarred by the bell

The downfall of the TV star charged with bar stabbing
Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

Security breaches and overhyped start-ups dominated a year in which very little changed (save the size of your phone)
Cuba's golf revolution: But will the revolutionary nation take 'bourgeois' game to its heart?

Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
The Locked Room Mysteries: As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor Otto Penzler explains the rules of engagement

The Locked Room Mysteries

As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

How I made myself Keane

Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
A look back at fashion in 2014: Wear in review

Wear in review

A look back at fashion in 2014
Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015. Might just one of them happen?

Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

Might just one of them happen?
War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?