Focus on PM's conference showing

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Media captionA look at the first editions of Thursday's papers

David Cameron's speech to the Conservative conference is analysed in detail on many front pages.

The PM faced an almost impossible task, the Financial Times reckons.

He had to summon a spirit of optimism with the British economy barely growing and the eurozone on the brink, it says.

He had to lift his game and lift the mood, the Daily Telegraph says.

There was no money to pay for fancy new policies, the Daily Express points out.

'Economically illiterate'

The papers welcome the prime minister's decision to re-write a section of the speech that appeared to call on households to pay off their debts.

The original draft was not merely insensitive but economically illiterate, according to the Times.

For the Guardian, it might have passed muster politically in less dramatic times, but made no economic sense now.

Given Mr Cameron's privileged background it would have sounded arrogant, in the Sun's view.

Stadium plans?

It is widely reported that the BBC is to announce 2,000 job losses as part of proposals to make 20% savings.

According to the Telegraph, the corporation is also planning to move another 1,000 jobs to its new northern base at Salford, Greater Manchester.

The corporation is now open to selling its White City site as well as Television Centre in west London, according to the Guardian.

It says Queens Park Rangers and Chelsea football clubs are potential buyers.

Spicy story

Finally, the papers make a meal of a story involving a curry-eating contest that left two people in hospital.

Some who tucked into the Kismet Killer curry at an Indian restaurant in Edinburgh were left writhing on the floor, the Daily Mail notes.

Half of those lining up to take part dropped out after witnessing the first 10 diners vomiting, the Telegraph says.

The restaurant owner told the Daily Mirror the event was in aid of charity but would be "toned down" in future.

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