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Papers divided over verdict on second leaders debate


Boxing bouts may not have three fighters, but the papers say the gloves were off in the second leaders debate.

The Sun and the Daily Express both give victory to David Cameron while the Daily Mirror says he trailed in third.

A survey for the Times suggests Mr Cameron won on points, while the Guardian's poll has Nick Clegg ahead and the Tory and Labour leaders tied.

The Daily Telegraph says the debate was more intense than the previous week's but the result was harder to call.

Nick Clegg's perceived victory in the first debate put his performance in the second under extra scrutiny.

The Sun says polish and gloss can cover up only so much and says the Lib Dem ended up "looking a dangerous leftie".

Mr Clegg was smooth and saccharine, says the Daily Mail, adding that Gordon Brown and David Cameron did their best to put him on the spot.

But the Independent says that the Labour and Tory leaders failed to force the Lib Dem genie back into the bottle.

City limits

The Financial Times leads on news that investment bank Goldman Sachs acted as both underwriter and investor in Lloyds Banking Group's refinancing deal.

It warns this highlights a potential conflict of interest, though the bank says its underwriters are barred from knowing about its traders' investments.

The Daily Mail also features the dealings of the City on its front page.

It says the next round of bankers' bonuses will reach almost £7bn - a rise of £750m on the previous year.

Face off

The story of what is being called the world's first full-face transplant attracts plenty of attention.

According to the Daily Mirror, he received "new facial muscles, skin, nose, lips, jaw, palate and cheekbones" during the 24-hour operation.

The Times says the man is a farmer who accidentally shot himself in the face and later contacted Spanish surgeons.

It reports that the patient is recovering in hospital with the face of "a complete new human being".

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