Paper Round (16 April) - a look at the day's newspapers

LONDON - Last night's historic leaders debate sweeps across today's front pages, with Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg emerging as the surprise victor.

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Iceland's volcanic ash also remains on the rader as all UK flights currently remain grounded.

The Guardian headlines ‘Clegg seizes his moment' while The Times leads with ‘enter the outsider' underneath an image of the smiling Lib Dem leader and The Daily Telegraph writes ‘Clegg's star rises in great TV showdown'.

The Sun links the two biggest stories of the day with the headline ‘we're all paralysed by hot air', calling the debate a ‘clash of leaders'.

The Daily Mail concedes ‘first blood to Clegg' and the Daily Express promises a full report inside. The Daily Mirror sticks by Prime Minister Gordon Brown headlining ‘It's a man vs boys'.

In other news The Guardian pictures a grounded plane after all flights in and out of Britain were cancelled yesterday due to a cloud of volcanic ash drifting into airspace. The Times includes a push to more coverage on the story inside and The Daily Telegraph pictures the giant dense cloud.

The Daily Star and Daily Express declares ‘Britain is shut' in response to closed airports and the Daily Mail calls Britain ‘paralysed'. The Independent Christens yesterday ‘Ash Thursday' and avoids the subject of the debate on its cover.

Promotions push readers to the weekend press, including a free Ottolenghi recipe booklet in tomorrow's Guardian and The Daily Mail promoting its latest free DVD offer of the ‘World War 2 in colour' starting tomorrow.

‘Hols from £15' is still on the cover of The Sun but takes second billing to the news today. The Independent includes a guide to the best arts events this summer.

Laura Ashley advertises its mid season sale on the cover of The Daily Telegraph and Ulysse Nardin is the latest designer to advertise with the Financial Times.

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