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Tesco boss warns of business exit if Britain leaves EU

Tesco chairman John Allan said the Tories should have lobbied for reforms first. Credit: PA

Tesco's chairman has warned major businesses could move their headquarters out of London if Britain leaves the EU, in an apparent swipe at the Tory pledge to hold a referendum on the issue.

John Allan, who joined the supermarket giant last month,claimed big companies could move their head offices from London to other sites in Europe "relatively painlessly".

He said the idea that a referendum will be held in 2017 if a Conservative government comes to power next month could have a real impact on people's investment decisions.

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E-waste warning after items fail to be properly recycled

E-waste produce toxins which damage the ozone layer. Credit: PA

Less than a sixth of the tens of millions of tonnes of electronic and electrical waste generated across the world last year was properly recycled, reused or treated, a study has found.

There was 41.8 million tonnes of "e-waste", ranging from washing machines to mobile phones in 2014 - containing an estimated £35 billion in resources such as gold, silver and copper, as well as toxins including ozone layer-depleting gases and mercury.

But just 6.5 million tonnes was sent to proper recycling, reuse or treatment systems, the Global E-Waste Monitor compiled by the United Nations University (UNU) think tank found.

While the US and China produced the most electronic and electrical waste overall, contributing 32% of the total, the UK was one of the biggest producers of e-waste per person - coming fifth behind Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Denmark.

Items included washing machines, vacuum cleaners, electric shavers and video cameras as well as mobile phones and computers.

'Ukip councillor cautioned for anti-facist campaigner assault'

A man has been cautioned for assault after video footage emerged showing a confrontation between someone claiming to be a Ukip councillor and an anti-fascist campaigner.

Hope not Hate had hired the Drill Hall in Artillery Square, Great Yarmouth to hand out anti-Ukip leaflets to volunteers in the area.

Campaign group member David Braniff-Herbertis shown in the clip telling a man he describes as a Ukip councillor to leave the venue.

Following a heated exchange Mr Braniff-Herbert claims he was "slapped".

Norfolk police said a 72-year-old man from Caister-On-Sea near Great Yarmouth had been cautioned for a minor assault in relation to the incident.

Teenager charged over failed Anzac Day terror plot

Sevdet Besim was one of five teenagers arrested by police in Australia. Credit: Reuters

A teenager has been charged with planning an IS-inspired terror plot in Australia on next week's Anzac Day.

Sevdet Besim was one of five teenagers arrested over the foiled plot which he allegedly planned to carry out during an event to mark the centenary of the landings at Gallipoli in WWI.

Police in Melbourne have released three of the teens while one remains in custody.

Besim was refused bail and will appear in court on Friday, Australian media reported.

SNP vows 'alternative to cuts' in election manifesto

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon. Credit: PA

The Scottish National Party will launch its general election manifesto on Monday with an "alternative to cuts" at the centre.

It is expected to contain proposals for real terms spending increases of 0.5% a year, and will commit SNP MPs to participate in votes on major issues south which impact devolved areas in Scotland such as the NHS.

A senior SNP campaign source said: "Our message on Monday is that if people vote SNP, they get SNP - and more importantly they get policies at Westminster on the economy, health, Trident and across all areas that deliver real change and real progress."

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy blasted the proposals saying they would "drop a £40.5 billion bombshell in Scotland's finances that would only get bigger over time".

He added: "Even people who voted yes [in the referendum] will wonder why, having voted to stay in the UK, we would want to cut ourselves off from taxes on wealthy people down south.

"This is an attempt to win financial independence just months after the Scottish people rejected the idea."

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Labour and SNP 'close to post-election deal'

Sturgeon offered Miliband a vote-by-vote deal to help him become Prime Minister. Credit: PA

Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon are "at the altar, and preparing to sign the register" on a post-election deal, according to Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.

In a letter to party supporters she said: "In the last few days, we've now seen hard evidence that this nightmare scenario is now all too real.

"Another poll of Scottish seats on Friday showed that Scottish Labour is now a sinking ship, and is losing voters to the SNP. In truth, there is no way back for them.

"Their weakness means that one thing has become near inevitable: if Ed Miliband is in the position to form a government on May 8th, he will need the SNP's support to push him over the line.

"I said at the turn of the year that Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon were halfway down the aisle towards a deal.

"The truth is that they are now at the altar, and preparing to sign the register. It's the only way Labour can get in to power."

Tories to promise £4bn cut-price Lloyds Bank shares

The Government has already raised £9 billion from the sale of Lloyds shares. Credit: PA

The public will be offered the chance to buy up to £4 billion worth of shares in Lloyds Banking Group below market price if the Tories win the General Election, David Cameron is set to announce.

The Prime Minister will say on Sunday that existing plans to sell a £9 billion tranche of the taxpayers' stake will include a "retail offer" with a proportion of the shares being reserved for sale at a discounted price.

Buyers who keep them for a year will be rewarded with a "loyalty bonus" of one additional free share for every 10 shares that they still hold.

Mr Cameron will also confirm that, with Lloyds shares closing at 78.75p on Friday, shares will be sold below the "in price" of 73.6p - a share paid by the previous Labour government when it bailed out the bank following the financial crash of 2008.

Under the terms of the retail offer, buyers will receive a discount of at least 5% on the market price at the time of the sale, with priority being given to investors purchasing up to £1,000 worth of shares.

The minimum purchase will be £250 and there will be a maximum limit of £10,000.

National manhunt as mother and daughter killed

A national manhunt is underway tonight for a man wanted in connection with the murder of his mother and sister.

Police have warned the public not to approach Peter Fox, who they believe travelled from Merseyside to London this evening.

The bodies of the women were found at separate homes in Bootle. Sejal Karia reports.

Labour: Tories 'planning secret NHS nursing cuts'

Labour says the Conservatives' post-election plans involve cuts to 2,000 nursing jobs. Credit: PA

Labour has accused the Conservatives of "secret" plans to cut almost 2,000 NHS nursing roles after the General Election.

The party's shadow health secretary Andy Burnham claimed the figures, hidden away in official Government documents, showed that NHS trusts in England are preparing for reductions in three of the four branches of nursing over the next four years.

The figures were contained in Health Education England's Workforce Plan for England 2015/16, which lays out forecasts for future workforce requirements.

Burnham said: "Hospitals are already at their limits and staff are working wonders, but this plan will push them over the edge. It proves David Cameron's promises on the NHS can't be trusted."

However, the Conservatives said the report was based on assumptions before they promised an additional £8 billion a year by the end of the next parliament - thus making them out of date.

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