YouGov/Sun poll tonight – Labour lead by one: CON 34%, LAB 35%, LD 7%, UKIP 14%, GRN 5%

City A.M.
Euro falls closer to parity with dollar.
Plain cigarette packaging: Tobacco companies Philip Morris, British American Tobacco, Imperial and Japan Tobacco vow legal fight against branding ban in courts.
NIESR: UK GDP grew 0.6 per cent between December and February. 

Daily Mail
Editorial: Cancer, the NHS and a question of priority. 
George Osborne’s big benefit freeze: Budget to signal election pledge to cut £12billion from welfare.
Axe race bias laws, says Farage: Ukip leader wants legislation scrapped so firms can favour British-born candidates.
Britain’s triple cancer failure: Care is STILL a postcode lottery, wait times hit 7-year high and cancer fund drugs axed.

The Express
Editorial: Doom-mongers warn of risks in leaving the EU.
Fury as figures reveal EU spent £235million on consultants in just five years.
Shafted! Lord Mandelson warns Labour with Ed Miliband at helm cannot win general election.
Sky TV girl’s dad moves to US…but keeps council seat.

Financial Times
Editorial: A new deal to keep North Sea oil flowing.
MPs vote to stub out cigarette packaging.
Police want all credit card frauds classified as crime.

The Guardian
Editorial: The Guardian view on the Israeli election: at last an opportunity for change.
Editorial: The Guardian view on Jeremy Clarkson: Ogres are fine, but only in fairy tales.
Election debates could be broadcast online, says Tory chairman.
Margaret Hodge accused of ‘abusive and bullying’ attack on BBC Trust chair.
Coalition Britain: has the ‘greenest ever’ government lived up to its promise?

The Independent
Editorial: Compensation nation: Greek demands over wartime atrocities do not remove the obligation to fix its economy.
Nigel Farage sparks another race row by calling for end to ‘out of date’ legislation on discrimination in the workplace.
Lib Dems donations: Senior party member tells undercover reporter how to give thousands of pounds in secret and how ‘doors will open’.

The Mirror
Lib Dems probe claims about Danny Alexander and a ‘dodgy donation’.
Young people hit hardest by savage Coalition cuts with lower wages and fewer in work.

The Sun
Royal Mail could drop universal post service to chase parcel profits.
Labour MPs accused of trying to bury report backing NHS reforms.
Uni could lose licence over bogus international student applications.

The Telegraph
Editorial: A digital debate is the best way forward.
Editorial: Our MPs should be debating the defence of the realm.
End Tampon Tax: ‘Oi George Osborne, stop taxing our bloody periods’.
Onshore wind farm ban will raise energy prices, Tory MP Tim Yeo warns.
Law firm renamed ‘Christmas party’ to avoid Christian connotations.

The Times
Editorial: Clarkson has skidded off the track at the BBC.
True scale of child mental health crisis uncovered.
BBC faces huge bill for dropping Top Gear.
Millions of pensioners to escape from annuities if budget offers freedom.
Ex-wife of Ecotricity tycoon Dale Vince wins bid for payout 20 years after split.

UKIP Website
Nigel Farage blasts Government over Plain Packaging Legislation.
Plain Packs: it’s plain wrong, in principle and in practice.
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage accepts debate invitation from Telegraph/Guardian/YouTube.
EU Army? Who do you think you’re kidding, Mr Juncker?
New report shows that British jobs are not dependent on EU membership.
Cameron’s smoke and mirrors on defence spending fool no one.
Time to dispense with mandatory coalition in Stormont.
Events
– 0900 LONDON: Commons Energy Committee chair Tim Yeo speech on future energy challenges.
– 0900: Nick Clegg on LBC.
– 1000 LONDON: Latest MPs’ expenses published.
– 2000 LONDON: Ed Miliband interview for Free Speech.

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