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Sunday Papers: Boris to raise questions over Britain's EU membership

Sunday Papers: Boris to raise questions over Britain's EU membership

Top stories

  • The Sunday Telegraph: Mayor of London Boris Johnson is to back a report that claims leaving the European Union would be better than staying if David Cameron fails to negotiate reforms.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Wilkinson family split after 84 years in retail; half of the family behind the budget high-street chain, which rebranded as Wilko, has walked away from the company despite annual revenues in excess of £1.5 billion.
  • Mail on Sunday: Some of Britain’s leading lenders could be forced to push up mortgage costs for homebuyers under tough new rules being considered by the Bank of England, the chief executive of Lloyds Banking Group has warned.
  • Mail on Sunday: TSB, the bank spun out of Lloyds Banking Group last year, is reversing the trend which has seen other banks announce hundreds of branch closures in recent years.

Business and economics

  • Mail on Sunday: Clothing, cars and cleaning materials were the three fastest-growing UK exports in 2013, according to analysis by Santander UK.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Chris Sanger, global head of tax policy at EY, says a "pro-manufacturing tax manifesto" is vital for Britain to compete with its European rivals.
  • Mail on Sunday: Owners of pubs are campaigning for a change in the law to give their premises the same protection against squatters as homes.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Chairman Gerald Corbett and the directors of Betfair face awkward questions from investors after admitting that they have failed to notice the company has paid out as much as £60m of “illegal” dividends over three years.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: EY push for a tax manifesto to 'redress the balance' of the British economy, encouraging the Government to attract more foreign investment in UK manufacturing.
  • Mail on Sunday: Grocery delivery service Ocado is understood to be preparing to open a warehouse on the outskirts of Liverpool to cater for upmarket shoppers in the North West.
  • Mail on Sunday: Dozens of local authorities are set to join a campaign to levy a new tax on supermarkets in a bid to rescue battered high streets.
  • Mail on Sunday: East Coast Main Line paid a record £235 million in profits back to the taxpayer in its final full year as a state-owned company, a 12% increase on the previous year.
  • The Daily Telegraph: Keydata founder set to sue FCA for £370 million; Stewart Ford, the man behind Keydata Investment Services, claims the authority declared his company insolvent "to promote some benefit to the public at my expense".

Share tips, comment and bids

  • Mail on Sunday (Midas share tip): Afren is trying to adopt a Keep Calm and Carry On approach but that may be optimistic; only the bravest of investors should continue to hold.
  • Mail on Sunday (Midas share tip): Online retailing is growing fast and logistics firm Clipper provides an essential service. Buy.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: Atkins is competing with Canadian rival WSP to bid for Balfour Beatty's consultancy division, Parsons Brinckerhoff.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: A clutch of rival turnaround investors have begun circling Homebase, the DIY giant, amid heightened speculation it is to be put up for sale.
  • The Sunday Telegraph: The private equity arm of Lloyds Bank is believed to be considering the sale of Angel Springs, a portfolio water cooler company.
  • Mail on Sunday (Comment): Today the big guns are rushing to expand their convenience stores, which are sited closer to where people live as the trend is to shop more frequently.
  • The Observer (Comment): Why do we still honour free-market intellectuals? It's mystifying that the former chairman of Northern Rock is still garnering plaudits.
  • The Observer (Comment): Moscow would come off worse in any round of sanctions. But offering aid and trade to Kiev might send a stronger message.

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