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The Queen's speech in the papers


The measures to be announced in the Queen's Speech on Wednesday make the lead for a number of newspapers.

The Financial Times focuses on the extra powers for the City regulator, to tackle wrongdoing and high bonuses.

The Times says Gordon Brown will be keen to highlight a programme that aims to exploit differences with the Tories on health, education and the economy.

The Independent focuses on the Liberal Democrat leader's call for the Queen's Speech to be scrapped this year.

The Daily Telegraph's lead is a report that prisoners are being offered up to 100 days "holiday" to ease pressure on overcrowded cells.

It says the number of criminals given Resettlement Overnight Release late in their sentence trebled in two years.

It also upsets the Mail, which says the government refused to provide enough prison places and produces ruse upon ruse to keep offenders out of jail.

Food patterns

The Sun says convicted criminals should pay the price, to protect the public.

The Mail leads on a US study suggesting chemicals used in plastics are "feminising" the brains of baby boys.

Those exposed to high doses in the womb are said to be less likely to play with "male" toys such as cars, and less willing to join rough and tumble games.

Meanwhile the Express exclaims that "mothers are stuck in a rut" when feeding their families - relying on just nine different meals.

Top of the list was spaghetti bolognese, followed by a roast dinner.

The Guardian says Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has urged his nation to go on a diet, saying: "There are lots of fat people".

He advised them to do sit-ups and eat well.

If they lived in the UK maybe they could take up boxing as exercise as, according to the same paper, the sport is undergoing a big resurgence.

The number registered with amateur clubs in England has nearly tripled since 2005, says the Guardian.

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