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Purnell resignation leads papers


The papers again choose to focus on the prime minister's difficulties, this time with the resignation of a third cabinet minister, James Purnell.

Coming just as the polls closed in the European and English local elections, the Times says his call for the PM to quit struck "a devastating blow".

The paper publishes the full text of the work and pensions secretary's resignation letter on its front page.

The Sun's headline summarises its message as "I Quit, Now You Quit".

The Daily Express describes the letter as "savage" and says James Purnell has thrust a dagger into the PM.

The Guardian continues the murderous theme describing Mr Purnell as "the smooth assassin".

The paper says Mr Purnell's decision takes the challenge to Gordon Brown's leadership to a new, dangerous level.

The Telegraph notes that James Purnell's exit could open the floodgates and lead other MPs and ministers to demand that Mr Brown goes.

Some papers predict more bad news in the shape of low election turnout.

The Telegraph is just one of the papers to print a picture of Sir Alan Sugar leaving Downing Street by a back entrance yesterday.

The Sun says Sir Alan's arrival sparked jokes that he had come to tell the prime minister he was fired.

But the Financial Times explains that it was more a case of "you're hired" as Sir Alan is set to become an "enterprise tsar".

The papers are much kinder to Barack Obama with widespread praise for his speech in Cairo on Thursday.

Preacher, historian, warrior and imam are just some of the words used by Robert Fisk in the Independent to describe the president.

The Daily Mirror and Mail highlight failings in the criminal justice system before two French students were brutally murdered in south-east London.

Finally, the Daily Star uses its front page to introduce the 16 new Big Brother housemates.

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