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Last Updated: Thursday, 27 April 2006, 05:15 GMT 06:15 UK
Labour's troubles under scrutiny
Mastheads of the national newspapers
All of Thursday's newspapers lead with the troubles of the government yesterday - dubbed Labour's "Black Wednesday".

The Times describes it as Labour's blackest day since 1997, while the Independent sees only a "sorry mess".

Charles Clarke being urged to resign, Patricia Hewitt being booed and John Prescott admitting an affair - the Guardian says it's a "triple whammy".

The Daily Telegraph has pictures of all three ministers with the headline "Bewitched, Bothered, Bewildered".

Side by side

The main focus of the front pages is John Prescott and his admission he had an affair with one of his secretaries.

Both the Sun and Daily Express carry pictures of Mr Prescott's wife Pauline and his former mistress standing side by side.

The Daily Star says support for the deputy prime minister has hit an all-time low in his home town of Hull.

The Daily Mirror features an interview with the former boyfriend of Mr Prescott's secretary.

Booing and hissing

Much of the papers' attention is also taken up by the plight of Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt.

According to the Express, she was left humiliated when her speech before 2,000 nurses descended into farce.

What was meant to have been a keynote speech to the Royal College of Nursing was drowned out by laughter, booing, hissing and slow handclaps.

The Guardian describes it as the most strident display of opposition in the college's 99-year history.

Hanging by a thread?

The papers consider the future of Labour's under-fire ministers.

The Independent questions whether Mr Prescott, Ms Hewitt and Mr Clarke can survive in government.

The Financial Times says coming barely a week before the May local elections, it brings the perception of a potential meltdown for Labour.

The Daily Mail feels Charles Clarke's job in particular is hanging by a thread after a string of devastating revelations over foreign prisoners.

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