Press Roundup Wednesday 5 May 2010

By Press Office
May 5, 2010

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's work, produced daily by James Vincent and covering papers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, and the tabloids.

Economy & Politics

Clegg will use strong poll result as mandate for electoral reform
Nick Clegg will tell voters today that he will use a strong Liberal Democrat poll result to secure electoral reform as he issues his "personal guarantee" to deliver a fairer voting system.

Labour in chaos on tactical voting... and Brown hints he'll go quickly in the event of defeat
Labour's election campaign plunged into chaos yesterday after Cabinet ministers urged supporters to back the Liberal Democrats to keep the Tories out.

Kenneth Clarke: hung parliament will have 'appalling consequences'
Tory veteran Ken Clarke last night warned that a hung Parliament would be the Westminster equivalent of “fiddling while Rome burns”.

Election result still in doubt with four in 10 voters as yet undecided
Almost four in 10 people could still change their mind about how they will vote in tomorrow's general election, according to a new survey.

Bookies already paying out on David Cameron winning
A bookmaker is paying out early on bets placed on David Cameron to be Prime Minister and the Conservatives to win the most seats in the General Election.

Comment: Paralysed Britain: The last time we had a hung Parliament... and the chilling parallels with today
As opinion polls point with increasing certainty to the likelihood of a hung parliament, top historian Dominic Sandbrook asks: have we learned nothing from history?

Comment: How voting tactically can save us from a hung parliament
This exceptionally volatile election offers tactical voters a real chance to make their vote count. For most, the priority will be to vote out Labour but, according to opinion polls, many others fear a hung parliament - where no one party has overall control.
Life & Death

Iran civil rights activist could face 'honour killing' if deported from UK
An Iranian civil rights activist who is due to be deported from the UK tomorrow could face the death penalty and fears being murdered by her family in an "honour killing" if she is sent back to Iran, according to her British partner.

Comment: Executing Mumbai gunman is not the answer
India and Pakistan must address the desperate conditions that drive men like Mohammed Ajmal Kasab to such acts.

Peace & War

Storm at Lib Dem 'no nuke' plan vow
A senior Lib Dem has provoked outrage by signalling they would be prepared to leave Britain exposed by abandoning all our nuclear weapons.

Soldiers charged with using boy, 10, as human shield
Two Israeli soldiers were charged in a military court yesterday with forcing a 10-year-old Palestinian boy in the Gaza Strip to handle objects they suspected of being rigged to explode.

Religion & Society

Comment: Faith trumps party politics
The party leaders' performance yesterday at the 'fourth debate' showed how much they need to get religion back into politics.

Comment: All parties must stand up to Islamophobia
A worrying anti-Muslim trend has been developing in other European countries, so what will politicians do to stop it here?

Community & Family

Plea to media to push good values
The leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales has urged the media to promote values such as good neighbourliness and citizenship as a future government struggles to deal with the national deficit.

Crime & Justice

MI5 told all evidence in torture trials will be heard in public
Six former detainees at Guantanamo Bay have won their legal battle to have their claims against the Government heard in public.

Ecology & Environment

Comment: We have the technology to cool our planet
Our current approach to climate change is failing. We must be ready for more radical answers.

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