Budget on March 24th – 8 in the morning, March 10th

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By Alex Smith / @alexsmith1982

* Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling will settle on the date of the budget today – thought to be March 24th.

* In a major speech on the economy this morning, the PM will say the UK is now “weathering the storm” of economic downturn, but that now is “no time to turn back”.

* The old party politics is not fit for the hour, the Guardian leader says.

* As the YouGov Tracking poll shows the Tory lead down to 4 points, the Independent asks: Have Ashcroft’s millions fatally wounded the Tories?

* Alan Johnson has said Tory crime figures are “concocted”.

* Lord Paul is to be investigated by House of Lords authorities over expenses claims.

* Sarah Bryant, the first British woman solider killed in Afghanistan, was “inadequately trained and lacked equipment”, a coroner finds, delivering a verdict of unlawful killing.

* British Airways and Network Rail staff could both strike over Easter.

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