Newspaper review: Papers pick over Tory tensions

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As the Conservative conference gets under way in Manchester, tensions over the party's direction are clear to see.

Foreign Secretary William Hague offers an upbeat assessment of relations between the Tories and their Liberal Democrat coalition partners.

Mr Hague tells the Observer that cabinet debates have been "wonderfully refreshing".

It is a view shared by Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude in the Independent on Sunday.

Given ground

The Sunday Express criticises what it says is David Cameron's favoured political position - the consensus.

It notes that senior Conservatives are warning he has given too much ground to the Liberal Democrats.

Tory figure Lord Tebbit says Mr Cameron has fallen for an "old canard" - that elections are won on the middle ground.

Writing in the Independent on Sunday, he says people want to know what sort of Conservative the prime minister really wants to be.

Countryside debate

In the Sunday Telegraph, US writer Bill Bryson takes issue with proposed government changes to planning laws.

Mr Bryson, who is president of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, opposes a shift towards a "presumption in favour of sustainable development".

"Come to the US: have a look. It just doesn't work," he says.

But in an interview with the Sunday Times, David Cameron says any idea that he would want to see the countryside ruined is "completely ridiculous".

Global time

The Sunday Express leads with a report that foreign workers are sending £42m worth of child benefit abroad a year.

The Conservative MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon, tells the paper it is another case of "benefit tourism".

The Sunday Times reports on a proposal by international scientists to replace Greenwich Mean Time with a new time standard, based on atomic clocks.

It thinks the idea would relegate the UK's traditional role in global time-setting to a "footnote in history".

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