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Blunkett controversy gathers pace
Mastheads of the national newspapers
The furore surrounding David Blunkett's work while out of the Cabinet continues to dominate the papers.

The Daily Mail front page reads, "Blunkett: The screw tightens".

It reports that Labour support for Mr Blunkett was fading after it emerged that he failed to tell Tony Blair about a third breach of ministerial rules.

For the Daily Telegraph, the real story is not Mr Blunkett's "serial offences", but the wisdom of Mr Blair's decision to keep his friend in the government.

Bombing remembrance

Pictures of the Service of Remembrance at St Paul's Cathedral for the victims of the 7 July bombings feature prominently in the papers.

Writing in the Sun, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair issues a stark warning ahead of a Commons debate on new anti-terrorism proposals.

He says further attacks have been prevented in recent weeks, but other attempts are likely.

The Independent says the plans were criticised by Amnesty International.

Council tax

The Times turns its attention to Iran in its lead story. Its main headline reports: "Iran sacks diplomats in purge of reformers".

It says President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered the replacement of at least 20 heads of mission because they are regarded as too liberal.

Meanwhile, the Guardian reports fears that tax demands could increase by 10% because of a 2.2bn funding shortfall.

It says Downing Street fears a public backlash in Spring's council elections.

Bungalow bargain?

The Daily Mirror is one of many papers to highlight a study which suggests that the entire system of policing in England and Wales is close to collapse.

The report, which blames low standards of recruitment and poor leadership, is dismissed as "offensive" by The Association of Chief Police Officers.

And the Daily Express reports the sale of a run-down bungalow for 3m.

The paper says the new owner plans to spend another 1m to knock the building down and build something bigger.




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