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News roundup 06.11.07

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The papers today are dominated by the Queen’s Speech. The Guardian states: 'Homes and party funds at heart of Brown plan', detailing expectations for today's Queen's speech.

Meanwhile, The Times headlines on the fact the government has doubled its offer to foreign national prisoners if they return home to£1,500.


The Daily Telegraphsays "Grammar school faces closure", and suggests that a school inStoke-on-Trentmay be closed under plans by a Labour-controlled council.

In other news, The Guardian reports thatDowning Streetcontacted five local British newspapers, telling them that schools in their area would be mentioned in an education speech by Gordon Brown. However, as the headline explains: "How No 10 spun schools a line”, in the following coverage the schools were not mentioned.

The Daily Telegraph comments on moves by the government to extend the school leaving age, insisting that “work shy” young people must not be supported, adding that dependency on the state as a way of life must be tackled.

Terrorist threat

The papers were also dominated by the implications of the first ever speech given by Jonathan Evans, the head of MI5, in which he identified 2,000 individuals who he said posed a threat to theUnited Kingdom.

The Independent says "MI5 chief: children are being taught to become terrorists". The Daily Expressadds "Suicide bombers in our schools" and The Daily Mirror headlines "Al-Qaeda recruits Brit kids".

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