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Today’s headlines (27 April 2015):

Labour to offer stamp duty relief to 1st time buyers

Coming into the final full week of campaigning, Ed Miliband will today appeal to the younger generation by offering to scrap Stamp Duty for 1st-time buyers on homes worth up to £300,000.

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Cameron receives backing from 5000 SMEs

The Conservatives “economy week” had a boost today when 5,000 small businesses wrote a letter to the Daily Telegraph backing Cameron’s economic plan.

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George Osborne: city mayors could get power over business rates

Chancellor George Osborne has expanded on his vision to create a ‘northern powerhouse’ by suggesting that he may devolve the power to raise business rates to elected city mayors.

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Warning from CWU that Labour faces drop in affiliated members

Remarks by the Deputy General Secretary to the Communication Workers Union are being widely reported in local papers this morning, after Andy Kerr warned that Labour faces a “substantial” fall in funding.

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Sturgeon says Miliband will have to “change his tune” after Labour leader rules out pact

Nicola Sturgeon has claimed that Ed Miliband will have to “change his tune” after the election, after the Labour leader ruled out any pact with her Scottish Nationalist Party.

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Today’s polls

(YouGov) Con 33%, Lab 34%, LD 8%, UKIP 14%, GRN 5%

And finally…

In an honest and revealing interview with the Guardian, the potential Conservative mayoral hopeful, and former footballer, Sol Campbell reveals what has recently politicised him: “Mansion tax. Now that would really affect me. Maybe that is selfish, but it is a real thing.” It’s interesting to hear a would-be politician confessing to such a self-interest and it remains to be seen how such honesty plays with the electorate.

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