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Wednesday newspaper round-up: Telecoms providers, redundancy capital, Telegraph

(Sharecast News) - A Tory MP who accused the gambling regulator of being too "heavy handed" has received more than £8,000 in hospitality and payments from the betting industry this year, including tickets to see Madonna. Craig Whittaker, the MP for Calder Valley in West Yorkshire, criticised the Gambling Commission in an article for the Conservative Home website last week. - Guardian The UK's biggest telecoms providers are lining up above-inflation price increases for broadband and mobile customers that will add almost £500m to consumers' bills from next spring, according to a new estimate. BT, EE, Vodafone, Virgin Media O2 and TalkTalk are to increase bills for more than 22 million broadband and mobile phone customers under "mid-contract" price rise clauses from April and May next year. - Guardian

A downturn in tech and construction has made London the redundancy capital of Britain, new data shows. One in six companies is planning to cut staff as the jobs market there is disproportionately hit by slumps in retail, housebuilding and IT, according to the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). - Telegraph

An anti-greenwashing rule intended to stop fund managers from misleading investors with unsubstantiated environmental claims has been put back by six months. The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) revealed the new regime would now be implemented on May 31 next year and not immediately as previously planned. - The Times

More than two thirds of subscribers to The Daily Telegraph have said they would be less likely to read the newspaper if it is taken over by an Abu Dhabi-backed group, according to a survey highlighting the risks to the publication from its possible change of ownership. A YouGov poll of more than 500 adults found that 69 per cent of those who had a subscription, and 64 per cent who were readers, were either "a bit" or "much" less likely to continue to pick the paper if it is backed by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi. This rose to 76 per cent of subscribers and readers when the United Arab Emirates' history of censorship was highlighted to survey respondents. - The Times

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