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Business warning and feckless fathers

With the election campaign heating up in earnest, the Daily Telegraph leads with an open letter from 103 senior business leaders warning that a "change in course" of policies could "put the recovery at risk". The paper, which says five of the 103 had at one time backed Labour, notes the executives oppose Labour plans to raise corporation tax.

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Image caption The Independent leads with a story from the other side of the political spectrum. The paper says Labour is proposing rules to ensure that employers will only be able to take workers on with a zero hours contract for 12 weeks before they offer them regular terms.
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Image caption The Financial Times says that Labour's policy will effectively abolish 90% of all zero hours work. The paper says that 1.8m Britons work for firms that do not guarantee them any fixed hours. It adds that the business organisation the CBI is "unhappy" at Labour's plan.
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Image caption The Guardian leads with a Liberal Democrat proposal to introduce a charter to "protect journalists from state interference" and end government-appointed broadcasting regulators. The party says the charter would be similar to the US First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech.
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Image caption The i leads with a story about teachers. It says that 40% of newly qualified teachers are now leaving the profession within a year, citing exhaustion, bureaucracy and low morale as reasons. The paper says the exodus has tripled recently, and is leading to teaching assistants taking more classes.
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Image caption The Daily Mail continues its series of exposes of the sale of personal data in the UK. Its story for Wednesday says that an NHS-approved online pharmacy has sold patient details to marketing companies.
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Image caption There are a number of stories about men branded feckless fathers in the press today. The Daily Express leads with a father-of-15 (a 16th is on its way) who is apparently jobless and not supporting his children, who have 10 mothers between them. The paper says his brood could have cost the state £2m by the time they all leave school.
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Image caption The Sun slightly trumps the Express with a story about a jobless man who has fathered an alleged 40 children with 20 women. The paper says Mike Holpin, 56, of Ebbw Vale, only knows the names of half his offspring.
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Image caption Mr Holpin makes an appearance on the front of the Daily Mirror as well. The paper brands him "Britain's most reckless dad", but Mr Holpin tells the paper: "I'd never stop. I'm fertile as sin."
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Image caption The Times leads on fears from a senior lawyer that the Easter holidays could allow more than a dozen schoolchildren to leave the UK to join jihadists in Syria. Nazir Afzal, former chief prosecutor for the North-West, says pupils are being radicalised online but teachers are not sharing their fears with the police.
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Image caption Metro leads with a report on the trial of Ian Walters, of Swindon, who is accused of deliberately crashing his car on the M1 in order to kill his wife, who was a passenger. The paper says the couple were returning early from a holiday during which they had argued.
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Image caption And the lead for the Daily Star is the news that pop star Zayn Malik - a recent departee from chart-toppers One Direction - is taking his girlfriend Perrie Edwards on holiday in an apparent bid to "save their wedding plans".