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General election dominates papers

Papers

As Gordon Brown is due to confirm the general election will be held on 6 May the papers are awash with party politics.

"Let the race begin" the Times cries, predicting the arrival of a "frenzy" of electoral combat.

The Daily Mail hails "the most defining" election for a generation, while the Daily Telegraph says the "election battle lines are drawn" .

The Sun's front page has a picture of an "exhausted" Gordon Brown out jogging alongside the headline "Phew!"

Poll position

Fresh polls permeate the papers, but not all agree on the scale of Labour's task in overhauling a Tory lead.

The Guardian's ICM poll says Labour is closing in on the Tories, trailing by just four points.

However a YouGov poll in the Sun and Opinium for the Daily Express celebrate "Tory joy" at reports of a 10% lead

But the Financial Times says the Tories cannot yet be confident of a majority, while the Daily Telegraph anticipates the "tightest" result since 1992.

'Pension timebomb'

In other news, the Independent lead proclaims Britain has become a "safe haven" for suspected war criminals.

It says figures obtained by the human rights group, the Aegis Trust, suggest 51 suspects are living in the UK.

Meanwhile the Daily Express reveals the "scandal of the £1 trillion pensions timebomb".

It claims taxpayers are facing the costly "black hole" in funding to cover the generous pensions of Britain's army of public sector workers.

Tiger Woods' return

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail claims an NHS hospital has staff from a "staggering" 70 countries on its payroll.

Tiger Woods is the only man threatening the political domination, with the Independent asking "Out of the Woods?"

The papers also remember Sir Alec Bedser, one of England's finest post-war cricketers, who died on Sunday.

The Daily Telegraph calls him "one of the immortals" while the Independent recalls a man "as English as bitter ale, cheddar cheese and misty drizzle".



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