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Campbell's diaries fill papers
While Alastair Campbell's diaries dominate coverage of the Hutton inquiry, the Guardian suggests it is Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon, who has questions to answer.

The paper - one of only two to publish Mr Campbell's "colourful language" in full - says Mr Hoon is portrayed in the diaries as a man driven to unmask Dr Kelly an apparent contradiction of his own evidence to the inquiry.

Its headline challenges him to say which version is true.

The Daily Telegraph predicts the defence secretary will shortly follow Mr Campbell out of office.

The Times thinks Mr Hoon put up a robust defence on Monday, as if he had decided that he might as well go down fighting.

The Financial Times is not alone in thinking Monday's evidence will ease the pressure on Tony Blair, who is portrayed in the diary as a force for restraint.

The Sun's political editor Trevor Kavanagh, is supportive of Mr Campbell.

His fury with the BBC, he writes, was completely justified.

Public thought war unjustified

The Guardian publishes the results of its latest ICM poll, suggesting for the first time a clear majority of voters - 53% - think war with Iraq was not justified.

The survey of 1,000 people over the weekend after the Brent East by-election result also puts support for the Liberal Democrats at 28%, the party's highest rating for 14 years.

Kennedy attacked in tabloid

The Sun provides less cheerful reading for the Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy.

The paper denounces him as a loony leftie who would sell Britain out to Brussels, destroy the fabric of society and wreck industry.

His face is superimposed on a whisky bottle carrying the health warning "This man will ruin your life".

Bruno's health problems fill papers

Frank Bruno's mental health problems take up the front pages of many of the tabloids.

The Daily Mirror's main picture shows Bruno being taken for treatment.

"So Sad" is the headline.

Inside, the Mirror says the boxer is a genuine character who has brightened British life, and it tells him to get well soon.

The Star is also willing him to victory in what it says will be the toughest fight of his life.

Later editions of the Guardian report the death from cancer of its political columnist, the author Hugo Young, at the age of 64.

The Guardian's editor, Alan Rusbridger, says losing him at the peak of his powers is a shattering blow.

Football fracas dominates sports pages

There is outrage on the sports pages about Sunday's fracas involving Arsenal footballers at Manchester United what the Star and the Sun call the Battle of Old Trafford.

The Football Association is said to be likely to charge five or six players with misconduct.

"Hit these thugs with hefty bans" is the Daily Mail's headline, over a comment piece accusing Arsenal of dragging the game down a dark alley crawling with menace.

Warning over TV violence

The Mail's front page focuses on plans for television programmes to carry warnings to protect children from scenes of violence shown before the watershed.

Soaps, according to the Mail, are the worst offenders.

The Times cartoon suggests a wider application for the idea.

It features a television violence warning, with the caption explaining: "There's an extract from Alastair Campbell's diary coming up".




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