The UK government has said it would oppose any takeover attempt for oil giant BP from foreign firms, as the company has become an acquisition target given the weakness in oil prices and billions of legal costs related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
The new GDP figures are expected to put pressure on George Osborne in the runup to the general election on 7 May. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters.
First-time buyers will be spared stamp duty and moved to the front of the queue for new homes under Labour plans to ease the national shortage of affordable houses and flats, Ed Miliband will promise.
AS awareness towards the Living Wage campaign grows, less than 30 per cent of people believe that poverty is a key election issue.
THE new owner of clothing and homewares group BHS is to hire 250 staff and form two strategic food partnerships to help kick-start a turnaround after its takeover from retail billionaire, Sir Philip Green.