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Wednesday's Newspaper Front Pages
The resignation of former Tory MP Patrick Mercer, allegations of chemical weapon use in Syria and the cost of running Britain's prisons all make the front pages of Wednesday's newspapers.
The decision by Mr Mercer to step down following cash for questions allegations could provide an opportunity for UKIP leader Nigel Farage to contest a Westminster seat as polls show his party has gained popularity.
The Daily Telegraph says the resulting by-election is a "significant blow" to the Tories, who are trailing UKIP in the European Election polls.
Prison governors have been ordered to cut the cost of holding inmates in England's prisons, according to The Guardian. The plans have been outlined by Michael Spurr, the chief executive of the National Offender Management Service.
The Daily Mirror leads with details of the case of 98-year-old Yvonne Grant, who called for help from care home staff 321 times yet was ignored for an hour. Two members of staff who ignored her cries were convicted.
The Independent and The i lead with allegations that the Royal Mail crisis has deepened as it is revealed the Government sold £150m worth of shares to short-term speculators.