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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 March 2006, 06:31 GMT 07:31 UK
Kember receives ire of newspapers
A joyful Norman Kember, pictured as he arrived back in London, is shown on several of Sunday's front pages.

But some papers, including the Sunday Telegraph, are unimpressed by what they describe as the "belated thank you" statement to the troops who freed him.

He "finally offered grudging thanks" but couldn't resist "sniping at our troops", says the News of the World.

Under the headline "Norman's grudging tribute", the Sunday Express demands to know "why is he so ungrateful?".


Some of Sunday's papers reserve their judgement on Norman Kember.

The Observer said he and his wife were like "lovestruck teenagers" when he arrived at Heathrow Airport.

The People is one of the few papers insisting Mr Kember should be admired - only the most "jaded and cynical", it says, could not respect his pacifism.

For the Mail on Sunday, Mr Kember's return was timely for the government, driving the Labour Party "peerages for loans row" from the front pages.

Labour 'sleaze'

Sunday's broadsheets continue to debate the controversy over the funding of Britain's political parties.

Both the Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph allege John Prescott made planning decisions in favour of a company chaired by two Labour lenders.

The deputy prime minister's office denies any wrongdoing, saying planning decisions are made at a local level.

But the Sunday Times sees Labour as "on the run" over the sleaze scandal.

Chairless classrooms?

Health issues receive significant attention in several Sunday papers.

"Time to sort out the NHS, Gordon", the People instructs the chancellor, saying multiple sclerosis sufferers are being denied costly drugs.

The Observer also sees "an avalanche of troubles" engulfing the health service as "wrong decisions" are made.

The Sunday Telegraph focuses on a different aspect of health, claiming that chairless classrooms could be introduced to tackle child obesity.

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