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Power deal speculation dominates papers


Three days after the election, speculation over whether a deal can be agreed between parties over forming a government still dominates the papers.

"Britain on hold" declares the Times, while the Daily Telegraph says the country is a "nation in limbo".

The Guardian says this is "deadline day" for a deal, with Nick Clegg giving himself 24 hours to get an agreement.

The Daily Express believes David Cameron will be the prime minister within days, with the Lib Dems and Tories edging closer to a deal.

'Brown Monday'

But the Independent reports Tory-Lib Dem talks have stalled on voting reform.

For the Daily Mirror, a Tory-Lib Dem coalition would be "Con Dem Nation".

Meanwhile the Daily Mail reports Gordon Brown made a secret "last throw of the dice" to get a Lib Dem-Labour deal by holding a clandestine meeting with Mr Clegg at the Foreign Office.

The Sun calls Mr Brown the "Number Ten Squatter" and sparks fears of a city melt-down, declaring it "Brown Monday".

Ash is back

Meanwhile the Financial Times considers which senior Lib Dem figures might make it into a coalition cabinet.

It suggests Lord Ashdown could be a War Secretary, David Laws the Education Secretary, and Vince Cable, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

In other news, the Sun says the volcanic ash "plume of doom" is back.

The Daily Star warns of a summer of holiday air misery, while the Guardian says strikes could also affect hundreds of thousands of BA passengers.

Football fever

Many of the papers draw attention to one field where the blues came out ahead of the reds - the Premier League.

Responding to Chelsea's eight-nil win over Wigan, the Sun describes Chelsea's performance as "blue-tiful", while the Mirror cries "Blue beauty".

Headline-writers also poke fun at the performance of Dame Julie Andrews, who made a rare live appearance at the O2 Arena on Saturday.

There was "no sound of music" claims the Sun, and the Mirror says "the tills are alive with the sound of fury."

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