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Lobbying claims stay in headlines

Papers

The lobbying-for-cash allegations involving three former ministers continues to be explored in the papers.

The suspension of Stephen Byers, Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt from the Parliamentary Labour Party is described by the Times as a humiliation for the MPs.

The Telegraph calls for "complete transparency" in the lobbying industry.

According to the Guardian the party cold-shouldered Mr Byers as ministers "rubbished his secretly taped brag to have secured alterations to policy."

'Historic reform'

President Obama's success in pushing his plans for healthcare reform through Congress is for many papers a moment that will long be remembered.

The Times says the vote was historic by any measure and a personal triumph.

For the Daily Mirror, he has given the gift of care to 32 million destitute Americans.

What next for Obama after healthcare? the Guardian asks. It believes his three challenges now are the economy, the Middle East and climate change.

'Secret whaling deal'

The Telegraph's main story focuses on government reports on the potential threat of a nuclear attack by al-Qaeda.

The Independent says the moratorium on commercial whaling looks likely to be swept away by a new secret deal.

The Daily Mirror and the Sun publish the name and pictures of the inmate alleged to have carried out a knife attack on Soham murderer Ian Huntley.

The Daily Mail says Huntley could claim compensation of at least £10,000 from the Prison Service.

Babycam

The news that Samantha Cameron is expecting a baby generates widespread interest with her picture on many front pages.

The Sun's headline reads "Wham bam! Sam Cam to be mam. (She'll need a new pram)", while the Guardian says "Expectant Conservatives welcome a bump in the road to the election".

The Independent reckons the news will be seen as a smart electoral move.

The Daily Express notes that if the Tories win the election it would be only the third time a baby has been born to a serving prime minister.



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