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Papers weigh up dissolution plans


"Tories are revolting" says the Daily Mirror as it reports backbench concern about plans to require a 55% Commons majority to dissolve Parliament.

The paper says the proposal, designed to protect both coalition partners from an early election, is "a brazen bid to twist the British constitution".

The Guardian says the issue could provoke the first backbench rebellion for the new coalition government.

The Daily Mail calls the idea "a shabby stitch-up that must be stopped".

Pay cut

David Cameron is pictured on the front page of the Sun, which has secured his first newspaper interview since taking office.

He describes his shock at hearing a reference to "the prime minister" on radio and realising that it meant him.

After imposing a 5% pay cut on himself and other ministers, the Daily Telegraph reports his wife will also be earning less in future.

Samantha Cameron is reducing her working hours because of the move to Number 10 and her pregnancy.

Oil spill

Several papers speculate on the future of Commons Speaker John Bercow when the new Parliament starts next week.

Simon Carr in the Independent says it is rumoured that at least three MPs will try to force a vote on his position.

BP chief Tony Hayward tells the Times he realises he could lose his job over the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

But he tells the Guardian the 5,000 barrels of oil a day leaking from the damaged pipeline is a "relatively tiny" amount when compared with the "very big ocean".

Weather survey

The Daily Telegraph reports that husbands who do housework halve their risk of getting divorced.

A London School of Economics study found marriages were much more stable when men contributed to the chores, shopping and child care.

The Daily Mail reports on a survey that suggests Britons spend six months of their lives talking about the weather.

Women in particular discuss the weather more often than their love lives, men and general gossip combined.

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