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The New Day: New daily national newspaper launches with free edition

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The New Day, Britain's first new national newspaper in 30 years, has rolled off the presses today.

The launch edition is free and will then trial at 25p for two weeks and sell for 50p after that.

Today's edition leads with a feature on the "plight of 40,000 infant carers" with the headline "Stolen childhood."

It pictures a young boy named "Aidan" and says: "He's five and looks after his mum ... but who is looking after him?"

Comment pieces feature throughout the paper, with Prime Minister David Cameron going up against a London art teacher on the campaign to stay or leave the European Union, while two writers debate on the relationship between Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and One Direction's Liam Payne.

Barry Rabbetts, the paper's executive editor, tweeted an image of the front page, saying: "When you pick up @thenewdayuk tomorrow you'll see it's very different."

Publisher Trinity Mirror announced the paper's launch on February 22 after it was announced The Independent and The Independent On Sunday newspapers would close next month and go digital-only as more readers switch to websites.

Trinity Mirror said when it made the announcement that the newspaper "will cover important stories in a balanced way, without telling the reader what to think", and stressed that it would be a stand-alone paper and "not a sister title" to The Daily Mirror.

Edited by Alison Phillips, The Mirror's weekend editor, it will run to 40 pages and is tagreted at "time-poor" readers.

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