The Sunday Times leads on its annual “rich list”, which this year is topped by brothers Sri and Gopi Hinduja, whose combined wealth comes to £22bn. Sir Jim Ratcliffe, the paper says, “is off the top of the list and heading to Monaco”. And the chairman of Ineos chemicals group is, apparently, not the only billionaire planning to leave the UK. The Times says many in the UK are preparing to “flee Corbyn’s Britain” amid fears of a “Corbyngeddon raid on private wealth”.
Former defence secretary Gavin Williamson – who was sacked by the PM over the Huawei leak from the National Security Council – has given an interview to the Mail on Sunday. In it, he suggests Theresa May’s attempt to reach a cross-party consensus on her Brexit deal is a “betrayal” of the Conservatives. Mr Williamson calls the prime minister “naive” and says negotiations with Labour are a “grave mistake”.
More people plan to vote for Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party in the European elections on 23 May than for Labour and the Conservatives combined, according to the Observer. The paper leads on a opinion poll by Opinium, which it commissioned, which suggests 34% of people plan to vote for the Brexit Party, 21% plan to vote for Labour and 11% will opt for the Conservatives. The Observer says the result has caused “panic” in the UK’s two main parties.
The Sunday Telegraph also leads on an opinion poll. And, like the Observer’s, the Brexit Party comes out on top, although the focus of this survey is a general election. ComRes’s poll suggests Mr Farage’s party would do significant damage to the Tories in a general election, winning 49 seats. The Tories, the poll adds, would lose 46 seats, while Labour would become the largest party by a margin of 137 seats.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s newborn son – Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor – will “heal the rifts between Meghan Markle and her estranged father” Thomas Markle Sr, according to a report in the Sunday Express. The quote comes from the duchess’s half brother, Thomas Markle Jr.
The Markle family also feature on the front page of the Sunday Mirror. This time it is Thomas Markle Sr’s sister, Samantha Markle, who tells the paper she is “devastated Archie looks unlikely to meet his US family”.
Sean Mercer – who is in prison over the murder of 11-year-old Rhys Jones in 2007 – is “making a fortune running the drugs trade inside his jail”, according to the Daily Star Sunday. The paper, quoting prison “insiders”, says Mercer “heads a gang” inside HMP Frankland.
The Sunday People reports that there is “no money” to pay for Freddie Starr’s funeral in Spain. The Merseyside-born comic, singer, impressionist and actor was found dead at his home on the Costa Del Sol in Spain last week – and the People says he will have a “pauper grave”.
“May has Betrayed our Party” is how the
Mail on Sunday sums up Gavin Williamson’s criticisms of the prime minister’s Brexit strategy.
The paper says the sacked defence secretary uses an “incendiary” article to launch a “devastating” attack on her decision to seek a compromise deal with Labour.
The Mail is among a number of papers to
highlight recent polling that puts the Brexit Party ahead of the Conservatives.
The Sunday Telegraph
describes the survey results as a “bombshell”.
In an editorial, the paper says the Conservatives are facing electoral annihilation but, incredibly, the party leadership seems oblivious.
The apparent surge in support for the Brexit Party has sparked panic in both Tory and Labour ranks,
according to the Observer.
It says the polling suggests the Brexit Party is now on course for a “thumping” victory in the European elections.
The former Education Secretary, Justine Greening, is quoted as saying that ducking difficult decisions on Brexit has fuelled populism.
Writing in the online edition of the paper, Tony Blair calls on Labour supporters to vote, even if they choose a party more in favour of Remain than Labour.
The Brexit Party leader, Nigel Farage, tells the Sunday Telegraph that party members will be given access to an app, which will allow them to have a direct say in the decision-making process.
The paper says it is an echo of the online platform used by the populist Five Star Movement in Italy to engage activists.
The Sunday Times claims some of Britain’s super-rich are preparing to leave the UK amid fears of a Labour victory at the next general election.
As the paper publishes its “rich list” of wealthy individuals, it says one in 10 of those who responded to questions said they are making plans to protect themselves from higher taxes under Jeremy Corbyn.
The Sun carries pictures of the radical preacher Anjem Choudary allegedly on an unsupervised walk late at night.
The paper claims the preacher, who is subject to strict conditions, was allowed to roam the streets after being released to a bail hostel six months.
According to the Sunday People, the comedian
Freddie Starr could be buried in a pauper’s grave.
It quotes the celebrity’s carer who looked after him at his Spanish home where he died, saying there may not be enough money to pay for his funeral.
And finally, royal fans will be much relieved by the
story on the front page of the Sunday Times.
Sources have told the paper that Prince Harry has passed the first real test of modern fatherhood: by changing Archie’s nappy.
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