YouGov/Sun poll tonight – Labour lead by two: CON 33%, LAB 35%, LD 7%, UKIP 13%, GRN 7%

 

City A.M.
Ed Miliband stops short of ruling out post-electoral deal with SNP.
The Conservatives have outlived their usefulness – it’s time for a Southern Party.
Apprentices to get 20 per cent pay rise but George Osborne misses minimum wage goal.

Daily Mail
Editorial: Ed must come clean about any SNP deal.
Stiff fines for reckless bank chiefs who fail to deal with scandals: Move designed to curb irresponsible attitudes that helped trigger financial crisis.
Guantanamo Briton MUST be set free now, MPs tell America: Politicians launch blistering attack over failure to hand inmate to Britain.

 

The Express
Shock at colossal waste of £33billion each year on Brussels red tape.
Donald Tusk warns David Cameron that EU reform is ‘mission impossible’.
Fury at Tony Blair for insisting he was right to open UK borders to migrants.
Foreign mothers having TOO MANY babies in Britain, minister warns. 

 

Financial Times
Editorial: France comes up short on its budget deficit.
‘Self-service’ crime reporting to follow police funding cuts.
Ukip given major party status but Greens miss out.

 

The Guardian
Editorial: The Guardian view on Trevor Phillips and political correctness: right question, wrong answer.
Editorial: The Guardian view on Grant Shapps: a chancer chairman who should be fired.
Whitehall oblivious to effects of cuts, says National Audit Office head.
Grant Shapps’s threat to sue constituent over Michael Green post.
Tory MP urges ‘don’t mention David Cameron or the Conservatives’.
David Cameron prepared to recommend harsher anti-extremist laws.

 

The Independent
Minimum wage to rise by 20p to £6.70 per hour – the biggest since 2008.
David Cameron gets time to be cool in Buzzfeed Q&A.
Halifax selection row: Leaked emails reveal Labour’s war with Unite over choice of candidate.

 

The Mirror
Undercover police probe into alleged abuse by Liberal MP Cyril Smith ‘scrapped hours after his arrest’.
George Osborne wants to allow parents to leave homes worth up to £1million to children inheritance tax free.
MPs say Rotherham child abuse failings mean Ofsted must inspect every council in England.

 

The Sun
Give staff living wage, thriving firms told.
Osborne to make unexpected raid on high-earners’ pension pots in Budget.

 

The Telegraph
Editorial: The Russian president’s decision to finally Putin an appearance laid rest to days of speculation about his mysterious absence.
Editorial: The former Prime Minister’s eight years as Middle East Envoy have been a mixed success at best.
Care homes facing bankruptcy because of council squeeze – admit council chiefs. 

 

The Times
Editorial: We need a great figure to champion our house building.
Too many babies born to migrants – minister.
Pharmacists drafted in to help at GP surgeries. 

 

Events
– 0930: Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) releases its lending trends figures.
– 1530 LONDON: Theresa May appears before Commons Home Affairs Committee.

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