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News roundup 15.10.07

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A look at local government news in today's press.

This morning's papers focus on people doing their own dentistry because they cannot find an NHS dentist and moves by the government over obesity in schools and national road tolls.

Health

Discussing a nationwide shortage in NHS dentists, the Daily Mail states "Rise of the DIY dentist" and The Guardian headlines "Patients pull own teeth as dental contract falters".

TheDaily Mirror warns that the shocking scale of the obesity epidemic threatens to turn back the progress which had been made on life expectancy in the last two centuries.

Schools secretary Ed Balls has called on schools to encourage young girls into sport, according to the Guardian with "Schools told to tackle teenage obesity crisis".

Road toll plan 'abandoned'

The Daily Telegraph applauds the government's decision to ditch a national road pricing scheme.

Politics

The Independent suggests "Tories surge to 5-point lead over Labour, according to poll of polls", and headlines "Brown moves to prevent Ashcroft bankrolling Tories in marginal seats". It also declares that the prime minister will seek to ban large donations to political parties between elections.

The Guardian claims that a new class of voters emerged this month, the anxious middle class. The paper asserts that they loom large in American politics and are now asserting themselves in the UK.

The Daily Mail exclaims it is no surprise that Gordon Brown has found himself under attack after his disastrous week. The paper claims that leading figures in new Labour are turning on their leader.

Funding

The Guardian remarks that with a spending increase in the current spending round of just one percent a year, the outlook for long-term care is bleak.

The Daily Express argues that the government's fondness for community service schemes stems from a desperation to keep down prison numbers.

Drugs

The Independent comments that the chief constable of North Wales, Richard Brunstrom, will try ask his police authority to put its weight behind his call for the legalisation of drugs. The paper welcomes this bold attempt to clear the "clouds of confusion".

Devolution

The Financial Times claims that London and Edinburgh are both spoiling for a fight.

In other news

The Daily Mirror asserts that the good people of Middlesbrough will hit back after the town was dubbed the worst place to live in Britain.

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