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SUNDAY TIMES:

LIB DEMS SAVAGE GOVE OVER SACKED SCHOOLS BOSS

The education secretary was the target of an extraordinary attack by his Liberal Democrat deputy yesterday over the sacking of a schools quango boss.

REVEALED: HOW CORRUPT DETECTIVES SHIELDED CRIME LORD

Scotland Yard has known for at least 12 years that a network of corrupt detectives has helped the crime lord David Hunt to evade justice, a secret report has revealed.

AFGHAN LEADER 'SCORNS' UK DEAD

The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, has been accused of "spitting on the graves" of British soldiers after he said Helmand would have been better off if UK forces had never set foot there.

City:

BANKS USE NEW LOOPHOLE TO DEFY BONUS BAN

Banks could still pay top staff bonuses worth eight or nine times their basic salary after finding a way to sidestep European limits on annual payouts.

SON OF WOOLWORTHS LINES UP BLOCKBUSTER MARKET DEBUT

A discount retailer described as a modern-day Woolworths is set for one of the biggest stock market floats of the year.

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH:

'ALARMING' CULTURE OF NHS CARE

The NHS will "go bust" without radical change to drive up standards and rid hospitals of a "toxic" bullying culture that damages patient care, the head of its official regulator warns today.

THE SECRET DOSSIER ON IMMIGRANT CRIME

Migrants from the European Union are defrauding Britain of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money through false welfare claims, sham marriages and organised crime, a secret government dossier discloses.

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY BOSS ADRIFT AS FLOODING WORSENS

Lord Smith's leadership of the Environment Agency is in crisis following the flooding gripping parts of Britain.

City:

BRITISH GAS FEELS HEAT AS PROFITS FALL

The warmest December since 2006 is expected to have hit profits at British Gas, in the latest setback for investors in embattled energy giant Centrica.

GOVERNMENT FIGHTS FOR AUGUSTAWESTLAND'S INDIA DEAL

British government officials have waded into a dispute between Anglo-Italian helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland and Indian authorities in an effort to salvage a £465m contract.

SUNDAY EXPRESS:

TOXIC WATER ADDS TO FLOOD MISERY

Flood-hit families now fear their homes are polluted with toxic bacteria from stagnant water full of raw sewage.

WE HAD TO BEG FOR MONEY TO TRAIN FOR THE OLYMPICS, BUT WE'LL WIN GOLD

The British team hoping for a record medal haul from the Sochi Winter Olympics will be the best funded in history... but it's not been the easiest of journeys for many of the Olympians.

PUBS TOLD TO SHUT FOR ENGLAND'S WORLD CUP OPENER

Fans will be forced to drink up just as England kick off their World Cup campaign in Brazil after a Minister refused to allow pubs to stay open late for the first crucial game.

Sport:

STING TIME IN PARIS...

This is the moment which broke English hearts in Paris last night - and destroyed their dream of landing a first Grand Slam in 11 years.

UNITED'S 1BN- DOLLAR DEAL

Manchester United are closing in on a world-record 1 billion-dollar kit sponsorship deal with Nike that could pour £70 million a year into the club coffers.

MAIL ON SUNDAY:

DEADLY RISK OF PILL USED BY 1M WOMEN

A million women who take Britain's most popular contraceptive pills are to be told they risk developing potentially fatal blood clots.

GOVE ORDERS RETURN TO OLD-FASHIONED SCHOOL DISCIPLINE - WITH PUPILS 'WRITING LINES'

School pupils face a return to the days of writing out a hundred times 'I will not talk in class' under plans by Education Secretary Michael Gove to return to old-fashioned discipline in the classroom.

DINNER IS OFF AT HESTON'S AS FOOD BUG SHUTS HIM DOWN... AGAIN

Heston Blumenthal's restaurant Dinner, which has two Michelin stars, closed last night after an outbreak of the same vomiting virus that closed another of his establishments, The Fat Duck, five years ago.

Sport:

ARSENAL FARCE

Arsenal face a backlash from fans after it emerged that the club's only January signing was already injured when he arrived.

FURIOUS ALLARDYCE ACCUSES SWANSEA OVER RED FOR CARROLL

Sam Allardyce accused Swansea defender Chico Flores of feigning injury to get Andy Carroll sent off during a vital victory for West Ham.

INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY:

FURY AT TORY PLAN TO 'POLITICISE' CLASSROOMS

Michael Gove's sacking of the chair of Ofsted triggered one of the most serious internal coalition rows yesterday, with the Education Secretary's Lib Dem deputy accusing him of an orchestrated attempt to "politicise" the schools inspectorate.

'POLL TAX MARK II' PUSHES BRITAIN'S POOREST INTO DEBT

Up to 70,000 people who are on low incomes, single parents or disabled people are being pursued by bailiffs over their failure to pay the new "poll tax", figures have revealed for the first time.

FOR PEAT'S SAKE, KEEP UP AT THE BACK!

It is the great gardening dilemma - whether or not to buy compost that contains peat, the environmentally unsustainable soil that has been used successfully in horticulture and agriculture for centuries.

City:

INVESTORS FACE UP TO SOCIAL MEDIA

The granddaddy of social media, Facebook, was born 10 years ago this week.

WHY IT'S NOT ALWAYS BEST TO TOP UP YOUR STATE PENSION

Pensioners will be able to boost their state pension by up to £25 a week after yet another tweak to the pensions system was announced this week.

STAR SUNDAY:

THEY DRINK IT'S ALL OVER

England football fans won't be able to enjoy watching Roy Hodgson's team open their 2014 World Cup campaign against Italy in their local pub... thanks to a killjoy Government minister.

DEALERS' DRUGS TESTED FOR FREE

A free service set up to test legal highs and save lives is being exploited by drug dealers checking the purity of their gear.

DOC ALMOST LOST EYE IN PEN ATTACK

Woolwich killer Michael Adebowale tried to gouge out a doctor's eye with his own pen.

Sport:

MANCS AT WAR

Manchester's big two - United and City - are set for a World Cup war over France centre-half Eliaquim Mangala.

CHARLIE..2 WALLIES..1

Charlie Adam last night hailed Stoke's shock win against Manchester United as a massive result.

OBSERVER:

ANGRY LIB DEMS ACCUSE GOVE OF BID TO POLITICISE EDUCATION

The coalition government was engulfed in a vitriolic public row over education last night as the Liberal Democrat schools minister accused his boss, Tory education secretary Michael Gove, of a "blatant" attempt to politicise the independent schools inspection body, Ofsted.

OFFICIAL: ARMED FORCES HIT BY HUGE SURGE IN BULLYING

Shocking official figures reveal a surge in the incidence of bullying in the armed forces, with one in 10 military personnel claiming to have been the victim of "discrimination, harassment or bullying in a service environment" during the past year.

MINIATURE DOGS TAKE THE LEAD AS UK SPLASHES OUT ON ITS PETS

Hard-pressed households may be struggling with the cost of living but more people are finding the cash to pamper their pets.

City:

VODAFONE LOOKS READY FOR A FOREIGN CALLER

"The recipe for being a leader today is to... never take anything for granted... and be very curious about change because one day change will affect your company".

MIXED PROGNOSIS FOR PHARMACEUTICALS FIRMS

A big week for big pharma as we get full-year results from the UK's best-known groups.

SUNDAY MIRROR:

DOPE STAR

Corrie's Brooke Vincent smoked cannabis in Amsterdam yesterday, weeks after telling soap fans: "I don't take drugs."

CAM'S OLD PALS' PACT

David Cameron was last night accused of secretly plotting to pack public bodies with Tory supporters.

TONED DOWN ABBEY

Strictly champ Abbey Clancy has been using self-help guides in a bid to tone down her Liverpool accent.

Sport:

£10M MAN

Roberto Mancini received the biggest pay-off in British football history when he was sacked by Manchester City.

DYING SWAN BRANDED 'SQUEALER' IN CAR-AZY RED CARD ROW

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce accused Swansea's Chico Flores of "squealing" to get Andy Carroll a red card.

PEOPLE:

NOT SICK ENOUGH

A devastated mother told last night how her 12-day-old baby died at a scandal-hit hospital after his heart op was cancelled five times in a week.

BED TAX WILL WASTE £234M

Taxpayers will see an estimated £234million wasted if the Bedroom Tax forces disabled tenants to move from special homes.

LIGHTSABERS... CAMERA, ACTION

May the Force be with them! Cara Delevingne and Michelle Rodriguez look Jedi for anything as they lark around with toy Star Wars lightsabers.

Sport:

BARCA TO NICK SILVA

Barcelona will go all out to land Manchester City playmaker David Silva to replace the ageing Xavi.

ADAM MAKES CHARLIES OF THE CHAMPS

Manchester United wretched season hit a new low after their EIGHTH defeat - with David Moyes putting it all down to bad luck.

SUN ON SUNDAY:

EASTEND JESSIE SNUBS DYING STEPDAD

EastEnder Jessie Wallace has enraged her family by turning her back on her dying stepdad.

SAVILE COP PROBE INTO LEGEND OF POP MUSIC

A pop legend is sensationally being probed by Jimmy Savile cops over claims of sexually abusing a child.

UNRULY KIDS MOP OF CLASS

Unruly pupils will be forced to mop floors and scrub graffiti off walls in a crackdown on classroom chaos.

Sport:

CROCK-UP

Arsenal were last night desperately trying to dump their only signing of the transfer window.

MORE MOYES MISERY

David Moyes' wretched season hit a new low as Manchester United crashed at Stoke.

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