Newspaper headlines: Cameron plea and Blair intervention

A plea by David Cameron for disgruntled former Tory supporters to "come home" to the party from UKIP and Tony Blair intervening with a warning about the possibility of a referendum on the EU are among the stories as the general election campaign continues.

In an interview with the Telegraph, the paper says Mr Cameron insisted he had heard the message of frustrated Conservative voters "loud and clear" and pleaded with them not to use their vote as a "protest".

The Telegraph says Mr Cameron made his most emotional appeal yet to people who have flirted with supporting UKIP, with one month until the polls open.

In the Telegraph's view, Mr Cameron offers such voters "compelling reasons" for doing as he urges.

"UKIP, under the leadership of Nigel Farage, has transformed British politics, and performed a service by bringing issues such as immigration into the mainstream of national debate. Yet now voters must decide how to cast their ballots," it says.

"Many politicians are given a wake-up call at the ballot box. By then it is too late. Mr Cameron, by contrast, has had a wake-up call during his term of office, with time to respond accordingly."

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Image caption David Cameron opted for a knife and fork to eat a hot dog

The Guardian says Mr Cameron issued a direct plea at a Tory rally to former Conservative voters to return to the party - or risk handing the keys of Downing Street to Ed Miliband.

The paper says it came amid cautious optimism among Tories that UKIP could struggle to win more than a few seats after a poll showed support for Mr Farage has slipped in Thanet South, where he is standing.

The Times says Mr Cameron's call was met with scorn by Mr Farage, who said that ex-Tories and former Labour voters had found a more authentic home in his party.

The Daily Mail says Mr Cameron made a last-ditch plea, with the election on a knife-edge.

"Exactly a month before the election, reality is dawning on those considering voting UKIP," says the Sun. "The party's support is waning. No one can know how low it will end up."

Out on the campaign trail, the Guardian pictures Mr Cameron eating a hot dog with a knife and fork and suggests he was keen to avoid the mockery Mr Miliband attracted for the awkward way he ate a bacon sandwich.

First speech

The Guardian looks ahead to a speech by Tony Blair in which the paper says he will step into the election battle with praise for Mr Miliband's leadership.

The paper says the former prime minister will focus on the threat to the UK of an EU referendum, "a point of genuine convergence between Miliband and Blair, who are not naturally ideological bedfellows".

Mr Blair will turn on its head Mr Cameron's repeated warning of the chaos of a Labour victory, the Guardian adds.

Political editor Patrick Wintour says Mr Blair's intervention is a matter of anxiety in Labour circles: "Far from being a returning conquering hero, Tony Blair is the secret weapon that half the Labour Party would like to stay secret.

"The man that won Labour three elections is seen in some quarters as akin to the embarrassing ageing relative that everyone would prefer not to invite to the family wedding, but everyone also knows it would be more remarked upon if he was not asked so he's tucked away on the table set aside for distant relatives."

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Image caption Tony Blair will give a speech in his former constituency

The Times says Mr Blair will make a dramatic return to the election campaign trail in his first speech since donating £106,000 to 106 target seats.

Mr Blair is markedly warmer to Mr Miliband than he was last year when he warned over Labour's campaign, says the Independent.

It continues: "Labour ministers hope Mr Blair's comments will resonate with soft Tory voters who previously supported the party but feel it has moved too far to the left under Mr Miliband."

The Daily Mirror says Mr Blair has his critics but is "bang on the money" with the points he makes.

"Labour won three general elections with Tony Blair as leader, so his backing today for Ed Miliband and ferocious assault on David Cameron is a boost for the party," it says.

"The attack will deeply hurt Cameron, who once styled himself the 'heir to Blair' and is now accused by the former prime minister of destroying jobs, jeopardising prosperity and leaving Britain powerless by unleashing chaos."

Love match

The papers reflect on some glorious weather that graced many parts of Britain over the bank holiday weekend.

The Times says there was a burst of sunshine on Monday as thousands of people headed to the beaches and inland attractions.

The Telegraph says the Easter break ended on a high with temperatures rising to a balmy 21C (70F)- well above the average for the time of year.

"Hot stuff: Britain has an early taste of summer" is the headline on the front page of the Independent which pictures the busy sands at Weston-super-Mare.

Calling it a glorious blast of summery weather, the Daily Mail says: "The seasons seemed to turn before our eyes after Good Friday, as the clouds parted and the sun shone."

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Image caption Andy Murray will get married in his home town of Dunblane

The Daily Express also has a seaside scene on its front page, this time the crowded beach at Brighton.

"The hats and scarves were finally off as day-trippers took to the coast to enjoy the warmer weather," it says.

Someone hoping the weather stays fine on Saturday is British tennis number one Andy Murray who will marry his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears at Dunblane Cathedral.

But, as the Telegraph reports, do not expect too many famous faces there because Murray has confirmed the guest list will not include many of his rivals or celebrity fans.

And, no, he will not be selling photographs of the ceremony to a celebrity magazine.

"As would perhaps be expected, given his reputation for being dour, there will be a distinct lack of razzmatazz at Andy Murray's wedding," writes Times tennis correspondent Barry Flatman, who says it is being billed as Scotland's wedding of the year.

Culture change

In other news, the Telegraph reports that shoppers are losing their taste for luxury yogurts.

The paper explains that sales have fallen sharply in the past year as consumers' tastes have switched from indulgence to health consciousness.

Trade magazine The Grocer said shoppers had taken up soya and dairy-free varieties after spurning more luxurious brands.

"It is as though some great wheel of fortune has turned unseen, so that the food which once rode high, buoyed by moral superiority, is now dragged in the dust, like some minister caught in a scandal," comments the paper.

The Daily Mail reveals the hardest word in the English language for foreign people to pronounce.

According to a poll on a social networking site "Worcestershire" topped a list of words that non-English speakers find the most confounding.

Many said they struggled with the three syllables of "wuss-ter-sheer" because of the way the word is spelt.

Finally, after sweeping changes to pension rules, the cartoon on the front of the Times features a couple saying: "We'll be fine. Our financial adviser is a Nigerian prince."

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