Mark Leftly

Mark Leftly is Associate business editor for The Independent

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Passengers at Heathrow when a computer glitch caused mass cancellations

Lockheed and Altran caught up in air traffic fiasco inquiry

The failure came a year after 300 flights were cancelled due to problems with ground communications

Firefighters have gone on strike over moves to cut their pensions

Minister's pension promise to firefighters challenged

Claims Penny Mordaunt has 'yet to produce any evidence' that she can deliver on guarantee for those unable to find continued work in the fire service
Three people were arrested for operating a drone over the plant at Belleville-sur-Loire, above, in central France

Britain's atomic power plants 'could be attacked by drones'

A growing number of mysterious unmanned flights over French nuclear reactors alarms UK experts

Mark Leftly: A privatisation that should stay under lock and key

Westminster Outlook Interserve’s managing director of justice services, Yvonne Thomas, has tried to ease the concerns of the 2,000 probation personnel being take on by the outsourcing group as part of the Purple Futures partnership.

Mark Leftly: The City can’t toe the party line. It must talk to all the election contenders

Westminster Outlook This column was launched in January with the aim of illustrating the point that business and politics are “inextricably linked” as never before. Importantly, the financial crisis had changed everything: politicians could no longer let the City look after itself and there were, rightly or wrongly, an increasing number of votes in bashing the Square Mile.

DfT warned over purchase of £10.5bn train carriages

Highly critical report warns move could cost the state dear if passenger forecasts are wrong

Motorists are waiting almost seven weeks to take their test

Driving tests: Government reforms and shortage of examiners means longer waits for learner drivers

Hasty merger has seen waiting times increase from five to eight weeks in recent months

Part-privatisation of vehicle agency scrapped

Exclusive: Decision to scrap search for a commercial partner to help run the Vehicle Certification Agency came at a late stage

Margaret Hodge’s committee is investigating alleged tax avoidance

Margaret Hodge to grill PwC and Shire over tax avoidance in Public Accounts Committee

The accountant PricewaterhouseCoopers and drugs giant Shire are due face a tense parliamentary showdown over tax avoidance with an angered Margaret Hodge today.

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The saffron censorship that governs India

Zareer Masani reveals why national pride and religious sentiment trump freedom of expression
Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Prince Charles' 'black spider' letters to be published 'within weeks'

Supreme Court rules Dominic Grieve's ministerial veto was invalid
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How did fandom get so dark?

Grief over Zayn Malik's exit from One Direction seemed amusing until stories of mass 'cutting' emerged. Experts tell Gillian Orr the distress is real, and the girls need support
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The cosmic collisions that have shed light on unseen parallel Universe

Dark matter study gives scientists insight into mystery of space
The Swedes are adding a gender-neutral pronoun to their dictionary

Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

Why, asks Simon Usborne, must English still struggle awkwardly with the likes of 's/he' and 'they'?
Disney's mega money-making formula: 'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan

Disney's mega money-making formula

'Human' remakes of cartoon classics are part of a lucrative, long-term creative plan
Lobster has gone mainstream with supermarket bargains for £10 or less - but is it any good?

Lobster has gone mainstream

Anthea Gerrie, raised on meaty specimens from the waters around Maine, reveals how to cook up an affordable feast
Easter 2015: 14 best decorations

14 best Easter decorations

Get into the Easter spirit with our pick of accessories, ornaments and tableware
Paul Scholes column: Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season

Paul Scholes column

Gareth Bale would be a perfect fit at Manchester United and could turn them into serious title contenders next season
Inside the Kansas greenhouses where Monsanto is 'playing God' with the future of the planet

The future of GM

The greenhouses where Monsanto 'plays God' with the future of the planet
Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Government gives £250,000 to Independent appeal

Donation brings total raised by Homeless Veterans campaign to at least £1.25m
Oh dear, the most borrowed book at Bank of England library doesn't inspire confidence

The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

The book's fifth edition is used for Edexcel exams
Cowslips vs honeysuckle: The hunt for the UK’s favourite wildflower

Cowslips vs honeysuckle

It's the hunt for UK’s favourite wildflower
Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss