UK newspapers lead on Labour's Oldham East victory


Labour's victory in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election fills many of the later editions of the papers.

The Independent calls it an "emphatic victory" for Labour, while the Guardian says the result is a blow to the Lib Dems and a boost for Ed Miliband.

The Daily Telegraph thinks the Tory vote collapsed in the first test of electoral opinion since the election.

The Times reports Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has ordered a meeting of Liberal Democrat ministers on Friday.

Petrol prices

The soaring cost of petrol and diesel gets a scathing attack in many papers.

"Pumping us dry" is the Daily Mirror's headline, while the Sun, which is campaigning for a freeze on duty or a fuel stabiliser, says "fuel fightback".

Meanwhile the Daily Express highlights the doubling of flu deaths in England to 112 in what it calls a "flu crisis".

The Daily Mail reports the plea by Doctor Zana Ameen for ministers to vaccinate all children against swine flu. His daughter, 3, died from flu.

Obama praise

There is widespread praise for President Obama's speech at the service for the six people killed and 14 wounded in the Arizona shootings.

The Mail believes his call for a new era of civility was one of the most eloquent speeches of his presidency.

The Financial Times says Mr Obama won praise from left and right while the Guardian calls it a "defining moment".

The Independent contrasts it with what it calls Sarah Palin's appalling use of the phrase "blood libel".

Rule Britannia

In other news, the Mail reports a new body armour nicknamed "bullet-proof custard" has been developed to save the lives of British troops.

It says when a bullet hits the garment a custard-like goo thickens and hardens instantly, absorbing the force.

Finally the Telegraph says British Saga holiday makers on a cruise liner displayed plenty of bulldog spirit when Somali pirates pursued their ship.

Passengers sipped champagne whilst listening to Rule Britannia, it says.

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