Newspaper headlines: Election tax pledges, Murray marriage and Boat Race

The election battleground turns to tax in Sunday's papers with both the Conservatives and Labour making policy pledges.

The Sunday Times has an interview with David Cameron in which he says an increase in the inheritance tax threshold to £1m will be included in the Tory manifesto to be launched this week.

The paper says the most significant Conservative pledge of the campaign so far is intended to fire up their election campaign.

The Sunday Telegraph says the prime minister will set out reforms that mean parents and grandparents can leave their homes and other assets worth up to £1m entirely tax free to younger generations.

Mr Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne, it adds, hope the "eye-catching pledge to keep the family home out of the taxman's grasp will capture the public imagination over the next three-and-a-half weeks to polling day".

The Mail on Sunday says the announcement will be the centrepiece of the Conservative manifesto when it is launched.

"The Tories hope it will spark their election campaign - which has been criticised as 'lacklustre' by some MPs - into life," says the Mail.

"Mr Osborne and David Cameron hope the allowance will create 'clear blue water' between them and Labour and restore the Tories' 'homeowner's friend' reputation that sustained Margaret Thatcher in power for more than a decade."

The Sunday Express says the plans have been a main item on the Conservatives' wish list since 2010 but coalition with the Liberal Democrats, who were more focused on increasing personal tax allowances, meant an effective block on the move until now.

"As house prices have risen an increasing number of hard-working people find themselves clobbered by the tax man because they are equity rich but cash poor," says the Express.

As for Labour, they are pledging a clampdown on tax avoidance which they say would raise £7.5bn a year.

The Observer says the plan, involving far higher fines and the closing of loopholes, will form a central part of Labour's election manifesto, to be unveiled in Manchester on Monday.

"The manifesto will seek to bolster Labour's damaged economic credibility by focusing heavily on a strategy to 'protect the nation's finances' and will aim to highlight its message that working people should not have to pay more to compensate for tax abuses by the rich," says the Observer.

Shadow chancellor Ed Balls tells the paper that under the proposals the chancellor and head of HMRC would both have to appear before parliament annually so the effectiveness of the measures can be assessed.

The Independent on Sunday says Ed Miliband sets out the key part of his party's manifesto that will end the entrenched British assumption that there is "one rule for the rich and another for the poor" in an exclusive interview with the paper.

The Sunday Mirror says that fatcats who fiddle the system will be forced to pay up under Labour plans to close tax loopholes that cost Britain billions.


Love match

Most of the Sunday papers have a picture of Andy Murray and Kim Sears on their front pages, including the Sunday Times which says the Scottish tennis ace delighted his fans by wearing a kilt to tie the knot with his artist girlfriend.

"Murray's best match yet" and "Dunblane revels in its 'royal wedding'", says the Telegraph.

Kate Finnigan's fashion verdict is that Kim's dress was royal wedding-esque - but with added sex appeal.

"Game, set and... love match. Murray ties the knot in Dunblane," says the Observer.

The paper's Kevin McKenna writes: "Perhaps nothing defines Andy Murray and what he is about more than the revelation that he and his new bride, Kim Sears, had rejected untold millions from Hello! and OK! magazines, the predators of every British celebrity wedding, to chronicle their own nuptials in Dunblane on Saturday."

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Image caption Andy Murray and Kim Sears were married in Dunblane

"It's love-all as Andy Murray marries Kim Sears," exclaims the Independent.

The paper says the town of Dunblane got into the wedding spirit by hanging bunting while business-owners dedicated their window displays to the couple's nuptials.

Describing the scene, the Mail on Sunday says: "It was, unquestionably, the love-match of the year. Andy Murray married Kim Sears yesterday in an emotional service in his hometown.

"Crowds lined the streets in Dunblane as its favourite son tied the knot with his girlfriend of nine years, who has been an ever-present fixture in the stands during his rise to the top in world tennis."

The Express says more than 3,000 people cheered and clapped as the couple emerged from Dunblane Cathedral after saying "I do" in a private ceremony in front of close friends and family.

In an opinion piece, the paper says: "Yes, he triumphed at Wimbledon two years ago but, still, it's not often we have the pleasure of seeing Andy Murray smile.

"Oh, how he beamed yesterday as he married Kim Sears. Congratulations to the happy couple on such a joyful occasion."


Oar inspiring

The papers mark an historic event, the first staging of the women's Boat Race on the same course and day as the men.

"It was, according to one Cambridge rowing captain of a bygone era, a 'ghastly sight' and even an 'anatomical impossibility"' for women to take part in the sport," says the Telegraph.

"Yesterday, however, 16 rowers and two coxes made history when they completed the first race between Oxford and Cambridge women on the course used by their male counterparts."

In a leading article, the Telegraph says: "From rowing to football to rugby, women's participation is finally getting the equal coverage that it deserves.

"That equality should score a win in this most traditional of events, even if it has taken nearly two centuries, is surely a victory for everyone."

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Image caption Oxford beat Cambridge in the women's Boat Race

The Independent recounts the work of Amy Gentry who devoted much of her life to the practice and promotion of women's rowing.

"Gentry may not have seen 2015's race but her legacy and that of other pioneering female rowers was written on the waters of the Thames," it says. "The Boat Race is no longer a men-only event; the women have arrived."

The Sunday Times says Oxford beat Cambridge by six-and-a-half lengths in a contest that shattered one of the last bastions of gender inequality in sport.

The Sun on Sunday says the there was a historic double triumph for Oxford as the men's and women's teams celebrated victory together for the first time.

The Guardian believes, on such a historic day, it was appropriate that the winning women's boat was called Catalyst.

The Mail comments that the Boat Race was the last surviving trace of Victorian England, a relic of the age of mutton-chop whiskers, blazers and masculine heartiness.


Bubbling up

Almost 30 years after Sir Clive Sinclair unveiled his much-derided C5 electric tricycle his son has launched an electric-powered bike with a top speed of 15.5mph, reports the Sunday Times.

The paper says the two-wheeled Babel Bike, which has already been dubbed "son of the Sinclair C5", has been developed by technology entrepreneur Crispin Sinclair.

The bike, which made its debut at the Gadget Show Live in Birmingham last week, features a crash-proof pod for the rider, complete with seatbelt, brake lights and indicators.

It is pedal-powered but comes with an optional electric motor that lets the rider cruise at up to 15.5mph, with a range of 80 miles.

And finally, the Telegraph says Prosecco has become the fizz of choice after sales overtook Champagne in Britain for the first time.

Shoppers spent £181.8m on the Italian sparkling wine last year compared with £141.3m on its French rival.

One marketing executive tells the Telegraph: "Despite making cutbacks, shoppers still want a little bit of luxury."