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Leaked list 'exposes BNP members'

Papers
A leaked list purporting to name 10,000 members of the British National Party leads several of Wednesday's newspapers.

"The BNP exposed," says the Daily Mirror's front page. Inside, the paper says members may now face reprisals and are "running scared".

Times' columnist David Aaronovitch believes that being a member of the far-right is "not unlike the transient population of a seedy guesthouse".

"You might stay there, but you might not give it out as an address."

'Medical miracle'

The smiling face of Claudio Castillo appears on some front pages after she became the first person ever to receive a transplanted organ grown from her own stem cells.

The Daily Mail says she was "virtually bedridden" before receiving the new windpipe. "A life renewed," it adds.

A "medical miracle" is how the Independent describes the procedure. It quotes scientists who herald it as the dawn of "a new age for surgery".

The Guardian says the "cutting-edge collaboration" between EU surgeons was "an expensive exercise", but costs will come down in the future.

Tory 'impotence'

The Tories' decision to abandon their pledge to match Labour's spending plans draws praise from some quarters.

"At last the Tories seem to be finding their voice," the Sun's leader says, by deciding to "dump the daft promise".

The Daily Express thinks David Cameron should go even further, "making clear the scale of savings he has in mind".

But the Daily Telegraph fears he has acted too late, losing ground in the polls since the summer as a result of "self-imposed political impotence".

Piracy pays

The threat of piracy off the coast of Somalia continues to occupy the papers.

"It must be shown no mercy," writes the Times. It believes piracy gives al-Qaeda "a robust income and a deadly way of striking at the West".

But tackling it will be difficult, the Guardian warns. Piracy is "big business" - "almost certainly the biggest single business in Somalia's lawless state".

At least the Sun has a simple - if deadly - solution: "A couple of well-aimed Tomahawk cruise missiles into the pirates' HQ".

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