More than 100,000 owners of valuable homes - mostly in London - would have to pay on average nearly �1,000 a month in mansion tax under a future Labour government.
Barclays has been fined �37.7m for failing to safeguard its clients' money in the largest of more than a dozen penalties handed out by the UK regulator to financial institutions over this issue.
17.15 (close): Eurozone gloom and a drive by the US to tighten the rules that allow foreign takeovers as a way of lowering tax bills rattled investors today.
Britain's finances remained under pressure last month after figures showed borrowing reached �11.6 billion, an increase of �700 million on a year ago.
... * Sale could come before the end of the month -sources. * Advisers making informal pitches to Lloyds -sources. * 90-day lock-up expires at Tuesday market close.