Today Newspaper headlines: Gove a ‘drug hypocrite’ and Hunt a ‘deal maker

Front page of the Observer
In the Observer, a former drugs chief and politicians brand Michael Gove a hypocrite after the Tory leadership hopeful admitted taking cocaine more than 20 years ago. Prof David Nutt said Mr Gove’s disclosure was proof that privileged politicians felt able to break the law. In what the paper calls a further embarrassment, an article written by Mr Gove in 1999 has emerged. It called for tighter laws on the use of cocaine.
Mail on Sunday front page
The Mail on Sunday also focuses on the article Michael Gove wrote for the Time, alleging he wrote it “just hours” before he hosted a “cocaine-fuelled party”. Someone who was at the party told the paper: “Those who were aware of what he had written were staggered at the hypocrisy of it.”
Sunday Express front page
The Sunday Express focuses instead on Jeremy Hunt, another contender for the Tory leadership. The foreign secretary told the paper he would seize the opportunity offered by Brexit and would make “Britain walk tall in the world again”. He also insisted he would keep a no-deal Brexit on the table.
The Sunday Telegraph front page
While joining others in leading on Mr Gove’s predicament, the Sunday Telegraph draws attention to his pledge to replace VAT with a “lower, simpler” alternative after the UK leaves the European Union, if he is elected as leader of the Conservative Party. Inside the paper the aspiring prime minister sets out an economic manifesto, which includes a pledge to halt construction of the high-speed rail project, HS2.
Front page of the Sunday Mirror
The Sunday Mirror takes the opportunity to amalgamate all drug-taking confessions made by contenders for the party leadership, claiming the competition has gone “to pot”. Those who have come clean include Rory Stewart, who apologised for smoking opium at a wedding in Iran 15 years ago.
Front page of the Daily Star
The Daily Star leads on the death of the former Tottenham Hotspur star, Justin Edinburgh. The 49-year-old Leyton Orient manager – pictured on the front page during his days as a player – was taken to hospital on Monday after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Sunday People front page
In a change in topic, Sunday People leads with a story claiming three patients died ­despite hospitals being warned three years ago about the risks of ­pre-packed sandwiches. The paper ­discovered the 2016 alert following an outbreak of deadly ­listeria from poisonous sandwiches served on wards.

Conservative leadership candidates are paraded on most front pages – but Michael Gove is the most prominent, following his admission that he took cocaine before he became an MP.

The Sunday Mirror has a picture of six candidates who have admitted to having taken drugs in the past. “Race for PM goes to pot” is the headline.

For the Mail on Sunday, the environment secretary’s revelation throws the contest into high drama. It says it prompted a chorus of criticism from campaigners who highlighted how an “epidemic” of middle-class cocaine use is fuelling appalling gang violence and organised crime.

The Observer quotes a former senior drug adviser to the government, Prof David Nutt, as saying Mr Gove’s disclosure is more proof that privileged politicians feel able to “break the law, but not for others to do the same”.

Gove and Johnson
Many papers hone in on the leadership bid of Michael Gove, while his fellow contender Boris Johnson gives his first major interview of the campaign

The Sunday Telegraph also features Mr Gove in its lead story, but focuses on his pledge to look to replace VAT with a “lower, simpler” alternative and cut business rates.

According to the paper, sources have also indicated that he would halt construction of the high-speed rail network, HS2, in order to review whether it represents value for money.

It says Mr Gove’s intervention is likely to be seen as a dramatic attempt to shift attention from the cocaine revelation back to his policy plans.

The policy plans of Mr Gove’s leadership rival, Boris Johnson, make the lead for the Sunday Times. In an interview for the paper, Mr Johnson says he would “retain” the £39bn divorce payment demanded by Brussels until he gets a better deal.

He says he would combine a tough line on Brexit with a full-throated return to One Nation Tory policies at home.

Another of the candidates, Jeremy Hunt, is the subject of the lead in the Sunday Express. It says the foreign secretary has positioned himself as “the deal maker” who can deliver Brexit. He tells the paper that as an entrepreneur by background, he’s done deals all his life.

The politicians vie with royalty for attention on the front and inside pages – with lots of pictures from the Buckingham Palace balcony following the Trooping the Colour ceremony. “Trump’s gone, Meghan’s back,” the Sunday Times observes.

Prince Louis’ energetic waving is widely captured – but the paper says his enthusiasm for the flypast was not matched by his brother, Prince George – who wore a “seen it all before” expression.

Finally, it seems there’s been a huge rise in the number of festivals – catering to every interest – with organisers using the power of social media to spread the word.

Glastonbury festival
While music festivals like Glastonbury still take centre-stage, “micro-festivals” for oysters, rice and scything are starting to steal the limelight

The Observer reports that numbers have doubled in the past year to more than 18,000. Food-themed festivals are the most popular – including one celebrating oysters. Also coming up are festivals featuring circus skills, scything, American trucks – and the UK’s first rice festival.

The organiser of one of the events tells the paper: “People want human connection. Put a thousand people together, and they’re bound to feel happy.”

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