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Last Updated: Friday, 21 October 2005, 05:56 GMT 06:56 UK
Papers mull Tory leadership vote
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There was both good news and bad news for the Conservative Party, according to the Daily Mirror.

The good news was that David Cameron won the second leadership ballot. The bad news was that most MPs voted for the other two candidates.

The Daily Mail reckons it is not over yet: while Mr Cameron has "supreme presentational skills", he's yet to show that he possesses substance.

The Times says Liam Fox emerged with "much moral dignity".

Pay cheque

The Independent reports that while retail tycoon Philip Green savours a 1.2b pay cheque the taxman will not be feeling so satisfied.

Although Mr Green is a UK resident, his shares in the Arcadia group, from which he received the dividend, are held in his Monaco-based wife's name.

The Times says Mr Green's windfall is equivalent to the gross domestic product of the African state of Togo.

The Daily Telegraph says he does not know what to buy his wife for Christmas.

School slashing

A shocking picture of the badly scarred face of a 12-year-old girl dominates the front page of the Mirror.

Shanni Naylor was slashed by another pupil during an English lesson at her school in Sheffield when she tried to help a boy who was being bullied.

The Times, which also runs the picture, says she needed 30 stitches.

The Mail reports that pay-as-you-drive car insurance is to become widely available via a black box in the car that would log details of every trip.

Reporter freed

The Guardian's reporter in Iraq, Rory Carroll, kidnapped for 36 hours, tells the paper of his time in captivity.

Carroll says his abductors stripped him of all his clothes, giving him old ones to wear, and kept him handcuffed in a darkened basement room in Baghdad.

And the Times reports that Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are spending three days together Alabama.

The paper describes the trip as a "diplomatic love-in".




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