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News roundup 16.10.07

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

Today's papers are dominated by the news that Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell has resigned. The other prominent news story concerns reports of high levels of alcohol abuse across Britain.

Sir Menzies Campbell

The Independent leads with "Merciless: How the Lib Dems hounded out their leader (again)", devoting the first four pages to the story. In The Daily Telegraph, the headline is "Lib Dems force out Campbell in panic over polls", while The Guardian states, 'Plotters force out Campbell'.

The story also features in The Times, "Menzies Campbell out in bloodless but brutal coup" and in The Financial Times, "Lib Dem leader Campbell quits as polls and age take their toll".

In the editorials, The Daily Telegraph argues that the departure of Sir Menzies is good news for politics. Similarly, The Guardian argues that it is a sad, but necessary, departure.

Meanwhile, The Independent claims that yesterday was a bleak day for the Lib Dems as it threw a harsh spotlight on the plight of the party. The Sun exclaims the Lib Dem leader proved there is no room for pensioners in today's cut-throat politics. The Daily Mail asserts that Sir Menzies was too decent and dull for modern politics.

Alcohol abuse

Reporting the findings that 25% of Britons are drinking at a hazardous level, the Daily Mail leads with "Middle class drinkers at risk" and The Daily Telegraph, "Highest rate of alcohol abuse found in suburbs".

Political news

In other political news, The Times reports a "Fresh blow to Brown as Labour MP condemns 'lack of veracity". Meanwhile, the Conservatives have lost their fight to keep funds left to the party in a millionaire's will, states The Guardian with "Millionaire's son wins back£8m his father gave Tory party to fight 'satanic monsters'".

Other news

In other news, The Independent writes, "Former prisons inspector backs call to legalise drugs", as comments reported yesterday from the chief constable of North Wales were supported by Lord Ramsbotham. But The Sun argues that Welsh police chief Richard Brunstrom is more interesting in making the headlines than catching criminals, referring to his comments about the legalising drugs.

The Independent insists that the public have been left wondering what the point is of a national, subsidised, postal service that fails to deliver.

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