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Shire faces bid battle from Allergan and Takeda

Allegan may bid for the London-listed rare diseases drug maker after Takeda confirms interest. BBC News – Business

Graham Norton leads tributes to TV star Dale Winton

Tributes paid to the “generous soul with a touch of naughty” who rose to fame hosting Supermarket Sweep. BBC News – Home

Why is Billy Bragg at the Bank of England?

The last time the singer was at the Bank he was “kettled” – this time he’s talking economic reform. BBC News – Business

Meanwhile in … Gambia, voters will vote using glass marbles for the last time

Gambia, voters will head to the polls this spring to elect local officials as expected, but it will be the last time they will vote using glass marbles. For the past 60 years, each Gambian has cast a vote by dropping a glass marble into a barrel painted in party colors. The system works well, discourages fraud, and allows illiterate voters to participate, Gambian officials have said in the past. Yahoo News – Latest News & Headlines

Rogue landlords ‘should have properties confiscated’

MPs are calling for landlords who exploit their tenants to have their properties taken away. BBC News – Business

Commonwealth meeting: Queen hosts summit at Buckingham Palace

The leaders of the 53 nations are discussing plastic waste, cyber security and trade. BBC News – Home

Why shops need to connect with their customers

The entrepreneur who brought Tiger to the UK says shops need an “emotional connection” with customers. BBC News – Business