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News roundup 05.11.07

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Today’s papers lead on Tory parliamentary candidate Nigel Hastilow’s decision to step down after declaring his support for Enoch Powell’s notorious “rivers of blood' speech.

The Guardianleads with the headline quoting Mr Hastilow as saying that “Enoch was right”. And in condemning comments made by Conservative candidate on the virtues of Mr Powell's views of race and immigration, The Daily Mirror insists that the party has not changed from its right-wing past.

The Daily Mailwelcomes the removal of Mr Hastilow as a candidate and congratulates Tory leader David Cameron for sensibly raising the issue of race.

Meanwhile, The Independent insists that Mr Cameron must make clear that there is a clear distinction between debating immigration and imitating the inflammatory language of figures such as Mr Powell.

Prisons

Sir Igor Judge has called for judges to reduce punitive sentences because of the conditions inBritain's prisons. The Times quotes him as saying that "Criminals must have terms cut in full jails".

Elsewhere, The Sun reiterates calls for more prisons to be built, after prisons minister David Hanson called for custodial sentences to be scrapped if local cells are full.

Police

The Daily Mailreports "Police hold DNA of 4.5m Britons" after it was revealed that more than one million people's DNA has been added to the police's DNA database over the past 10 months.

Post offices

Meanwhile, The Daily Expressargues that the debate on post office closures is a “sham”, adding that the six-week consultation period is merely an attempt to legitimise the closures policy.

Finance

The Sunargues that 5.3 million people on low incomes will be made worse off due to plans to abolish the 10p income tax rate in April. Simplification of the system is needed to help the poorest groups, the paper says.

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