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Newspaper headlines: ‘Innocent lives lost’ in ‘Easter massacre’

i front page 22/04/19
The front pages are dominated by the deaths of more than 200 people in explosions targeting churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. The i says the victims come from countries including the UK, Turkey, China, India and Holland, and 450 others were also injured.
Guardian front page 22/04/19
The Guardian says political and religious leaders across the world have condemned the attacks, which it says appeared timed to cause maximum casualties among worshippers attending Easter services and holidaymakers eating breakfast at their hotels.
Mirror front page 22/04/19
‘The Easter Massacre’ is the headline in the Mirror, which has a picture of St Sebastian’s Church in Negombo, where dozens were killed by an explosion. The paper says the “peace of Easter church services was cruelly shattered” by the attackers, “who brought death and destruction to places of worship”.
Daily Express front page 22/04/19
The Express reports that five Britons were among those killed in the “co-ordinated” attacks. It also has a picture of the inside of St Sebastian’s, which was severely damaged by the blast.
Sun front page 22/04/19
The Sun says a mum and her two children are feared to be among the British victims. The paper says that Anita Nicholson, 42, was in a breakfast queue with her son, Alex, 11, and daughter Annabel, when a blast hit their hotel. Their deaths have not been independently verified by the BBC.
Telegraph front page 22/04/19
The Telegraph has a picture of the same British family on its front page. The paper reports that the father, Ben, survived, but it was unable to account for the whereabouts of the couple’s daughter.
Daily Mail front page 22/04/19
The Daily Mail says the family, who are originally from Upminster in Essex, were on holiday in Colombo at the time of the attack. They were believed to have been living in Singapore, where Mr Nicholson works, the paper reports.
The Times front page 22/04/19
Sri Lankan police had issued a warning to senior officials just 10 days before the attack, according to the Times. The paper says they had foreign intelligence that suicide bombers affiliated with the Muslim group NTJ (National Throwheeth Jamaath) planned to hit “prominent churches”. However, it says no group has yet claimed responsibility.
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The Financial Times says the attacks are the most lethal violence to hit Sri Lanka since the end of its civil war in 2009. The paper reports that the country’s defence minister Ruwan Wijewardene has blamed “religious extremists”. Its front page also has a photo of comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, who won a landslide victory to become the president of Ukraine – despite having no political experience.
Daily Star front page 22/04/19
The Daily Star has a story about a charity fundraiser dressed as Superman who swooped in to help police as they struggled to arrest a man in Norwich city centre. The dad-of-five, Saleem Syed, said he “just happened to be in the right place at the right time”, when he helped control the man, who had become aggressive towards the officers.

At St Anthony’s Church in Colombo on Sunday, the worshippers closed their eyes in prayer – and then, says the Times, the carnage began.

The front page of the Daily Express has a stark image of the devastated church – and in common with the Daily Mirror uses the headline “Easter Massacre”.

The Financial Times calls it the most lethal violence in the country since the end of its long civil war in 2009.

For the Guardian, the attacks were a shocking and heartbreaking blow to the hopes of an island still striving for a lasting peace.

In short, concludes the Daily Telegraph, an era of peace has been shattered by a new menace.

Sri Lankan security forces secure the area around St. Anthony's Shrine after an explosion hit St Anthony's Church in Kochchikade
St Anthony’s Shrine in the Kochchikade district of Colombo was one of three churches to be targeted

Many of the papers have the same photograph of a British woman and her two children who are feared dead after an explosion at a hotel. Anita Nicholson’s husband, Ben, is reported to have survived.

The Sun features the account of a British doctor – who was on holiday with his family at another of the hotels that were targeted. He describes how they were woken by the blast and how the subsequent scenes left his wife and children traumatised.

In the Sri Lankan press, the FT talks of extremism engulfing the country. As a result, it reports, schools will be closed on Monday and on Tuesday all police leave has been cancelled and a curfew imposed.

The Daily Mirror says sources believe the suspects were part of a radical Islamist group.

Writing in the Sri Lanka Guardian, an expert in south Asian studies suggests the attacks were the work of Muslim extremists.

Here, the Daily Mail believes they had all the hallmarks of the Islamic State group, with suicide bombings targeting civilians.

The Daily Telegraph expresses concern about comments by the fertility regulator, Sally Cheshire, who believes some IVF clinics are offering older women false hope.

In an interview with the paper, she says some parts of the sector are using “blatant” sales tactics to exploit a vulnerable market.

The Telegraph argues that new guidance is needed – and if that does not work, then the government will have to step in.

Role abroad for royals

Reports that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could in future spend part of the year in Africa prompt much comment.

Writing in the Mail, Robert Hardman says the couple would be following a great family tradition. He recalls how – as Princess Elizabeth – the Queen made her first foreign visit to Africa.

The Mirror thinks that with the couple having so much potential, finding them a suitable role will not be easy.

But the Sun reports that there are concerns within the royal household about the cost of the move. It suggests the security bill would top £1m a year.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on a visit to Morocco in February
Reports suggest plans are being drawn up to give Prince Harry and Meghan a major international role that could see them move abroad

The Times highlights new research which found a simple and cunning way to encourage teenagers to give up junk food and eat healthily.

Researchers in Texas say a group of 13-years-olds were given an account of the business practices of big food companies that spend billions on advertising to persuade people to eat sugary, fatty treats.

The idea was to prey on the natural rebelliousness of teenagers – and sure enough, says the paper, over the next three months they tended to opt for healthier food.

Newspaper headlines: Labour Brexit ‘fudge’ and Africa royal role

Observer front page 21/04/19
The Observer leads on warnings from Labour’s deputy leader that the party will never defeat Nigel Farage if it continues to “sit on the fence” over Brexit and offers only “mealy-mouthed” support for a second referendum. Writing in the paper, Tom Watson says Labour will lose out to Mr Farage’s new Brexit Party in May’s European elections if it continues to give the impression that “we half agree with him”.
Mail on Sunday front page 21/04/19
Mr Farage’s new party also poses a threat to the Conservatives, according to the Mail on Sunday. A survey by the newspaper of 781 Tory councillors has found that 40% are planning to vote for the Brexit Party in May’s European elections, in protest at the prime minister’s failure to conclude the UK’s exit from the EU. The poll also found that three-quarters of Theresa May’s own councillors want her to resign, revealing what the paper describes as “the immense scale of the grassroots revolt against her”.
Sunday Telegraph front page 21/04/19
The Sunday Telegraph covers another problem for the Conservative party on its front page – the £56bn HS2 project. The paper says Tory voters are “repulsed” by the high-speed rail line and would be more likely to support a leadership contender who pledged to scrap it, according to a secret memo circulating among senior figures in the party. The briefing, produced by a veteran US pollster, says Conservative supporters view the rail line as an “expensive extravagance”, the paper reports.
Sunday Express front page
An Easter message from the prime minister features on the front page of the Sunday Express, with Theresa May – the daughter of a Church of England vicar – vowing to tackle the persecution of Christians around the world. It comes as church leaders warn that faith is under “unprecedented siege”, including from Islamic State and other extremist groups, the paper reports.
Sunday Times front page 21/04/19
Away from politics, the Sunday Times reports that courtiers have drawn up plans to give the Duke and Duchess of Sussex a major international job that could see them move abroad after the birth of their child. The paper says the “bespoke” role will probably be in Africa and will combine Commonwealth and charity work, as well as promoting Britain.
Sunday People front page 21/04/19
Meanwhile, the Sunday People says a charity backed by Prince Harry has saved the lives of 11 soldiers with PTSD in just nine months. The All Call Signs support group for suicidal veterans has “deeply impressed” Prince Harry and he has given it his “enthusiastic backing”. The group uses social media to organise volunteer searches of areas where veterans have gone missing.
The Star front page 21/04/19
The Daily Star claims convicted former TV star Rolf Harris has made a bid to clear his name by gathering “dirt” on his victims. The paper says Harris has used a private investigator “to try to smear accusers’ reputations”.
Sunday Mirror front page 21/04/19
Adele’s divorce from her husband of three years is the lead story for the Sunday Mirror. Friends have told the paper that the pair split because they prefer to live on opposite sides of the Atlantic – with the singer loving life in LA and her husband, charity boss Simon Konecki, preferring their home in Britain.

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Newspaper headlines: ‘World weeps for Notre Dame’

Nine centuries of history have been lost in an “unholy inferno” at Notre Dame, according to the front page of the Daily Mail, which shows orange flames at the top of one of the building’s spires.

Metro front page on 16 April 2019
An image of the medieval cathedral burning also fills the front page of the Metro, which says the “world weeps for Notre Dame”. A huge smoke cloud rose from the gothic building and the blaze sent the tip of one of its spires “tumbling dramatically to earth”, according to the tabloid.
Daily Telegraph front page on 16 April
“The heart of Paris was torn asunder” by the fire at Notre Dame, according to the Daily Telegraph, which reports that crowds of stunned Parisians gathered along the banks of the Seine, where they prayed and sang Je vous salue Marie – the French equivalent of Hail Mary.
Guardian front page 16 April 2019
The Guardian features a close-up of one of the burning spires on its front and quotes a spokeman for the cathedral, who says: “Nothing will remain from the [roof] frame.”
The Sun front page on 16 April 2019
Alongside an image of one of Notre Dame’s collapsing towers on the front of the Sun is the headline: “Notre Doom.”
FT front page on 16 April 2019
The FT features the fire at Notre Dame on its front and quotes French President Emmanuel Macron, who said it prompted the “emotion of an entire nation”. “I am saddened to see this part of us burning this evening,” he added.
The i front page on 16 April 2019
Mr Macron also features on the front of the i, which reads “Part of all of us burns.”
The Times front page 16 April 2019
The Times leads with the devastation caused by the fire, but quotes a junior minister who says: “The structure seems to be safe. We are much more optimistic than we were earlier.”
Daily Mirror front page on 16 April 2019
The Daily Mirror’s front features a “damning” report that suggests one in four hospital wards has unsafe staffing levels. It also promotes a story that says former Strictly Come Dancing star Stacey Dooley has begun a relationship with her ex-dance partner, Kevin Clifton.
The Star front page on 16 April 2019
The Daily Star features a denial by I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! star Anne Hegerty that she she went topless at a Newcastle United football match. The paper reports that some of her fans believed the naked woman at the event was her – but it turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.
Daily Express front page on 16 April 2019
Millions of patients face heart attack or stroke because they are taking the wrong dose of statins, according to a report that features on the front page of the Daily Express.
Talk of Theresa May's chances of staying in Number 10 is front page news again on Monday, but with opposing views. The Scotsman claims the Tories are considering options for a new confidence vote, after a poll suggested they would lose 59 MPs in the event of a general election.

Scotland’s papers: May faces revolt and Tiger roars again

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The PM’s future is also the topic of choice in the i newspaper, which also claims MPs are seeking a change of party rules – to allow a fresh leadership challenge, less than a year after Mrs May saw off the last one.
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But the Times Scotland suggests her leadership rivals would prefer Mrs May to stick around until the first part of the Brexit deal is complete. A supporter of one candidate is quoted saying their leadership campaign would be damaged if the election was held against a backdrop of Brexit uncertainty.
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Over in the Daily Telegraph, we read that Chancellor Philip Hammond mocked Brexiteer leadership rivals in a speech. He told an audience at the British Embassy in Washington that Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Andrea Leadsom all lost the 2016 leadership bids because of “suicide pacts”.
Scottish Daily Express
More Brexit at the Scottish Daily Express, which reports senior Tory Ian Duncan Smith’s comments that “Theresa May must be gone within weeks”. The paper claims there is a “grassroots revolt” within the party.
The Herald
The Herald’s front page exclusive says that Scottish government ministers are not doing enough to tackle the growing mental health crisis in schools, according to campaigners. Leading charities have told the paper the government is too focused on the treatment of pupils once they had developed issues such as anxiety and depression and it wants a greater focus on teaching pupils the skills they need to cope with stress.
Scottish Daily Mail
The Scottish Daily Mail boasts an exclusive about so-called “Jihadi bride” Shamima Begum. The paper claims the teenager, who ran away from London to join the Islamic State group in Syria has been granted legal aid to challenge the UK’s decision to revoke her citizenship.
The National
The front page of The National carries an interview from the BBC’s Good Mornings Scotland programme with veteran politician Dennis Canavan. The former MP and MSP tells the paper he believes Scotland will become independent within his lifetime. The former leader of the Yes campaign says a new independence referendum should take place before 2021.
Daily Record
A stark warning from a sex abuse victim makes the front page of the Daily Record. She waives her anonymity to tell other women she believes the man who beat and raped her “will kill when he is released”. Stefan Scott was jailed for 12 years for 23 charges of rape, assault and abusive behaviour.
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The Sun runs with the story of killer Phillip Wade, who tortured and murdered Glasgow accountant Lynda Spence, landing a “cushy job” counselling fellow inmates at Kilmarnock Prison through the Samaritans charity. Friends of Ms Spence have have criticised his “agony uncle” role saying if he wants to help people, he should tell her family where her body is.
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“Dangerous Merseyside crime lords” are bringing blackmail and extortion tactics to the north east, according to the Press and Journal. The paper says the criminals are targeting vulnerable teenagers and that police admit there is a long-standing issue with gangs flooding Grampian with drugs.
The Courier
The Courier’s Fife edition highlights problems with Universal Credit. It says frontline organisations are concerned with a rise in crime, addiction and poverty as a result of the policy.
Daily Star of Scotland
And the Daily Star of Scotland notes the 02:00 BST launch of the latest Game of Thrones series, predicting “millions” of Britons will be “throne a sickie” on Monday.
The Scotsman leads with a report which shows Police Scotland cars break down at the rate of almost one a day while out on patrol. The paper says new figures show 349 police cars had technical difficulties last year, which was an increase of 100 on the previous 12 months.

Scotland’s papers: Police car ‘bangers’ and forced eviction fears

The Herald
The Herald says there are fears over a “fresh wave of asylum seeker evictions” in Glasgow. It comes after two women lost their fight with the Home Office for refugee status and were told their locks would be changed.
Daily Record
The Daily Record focuses on the dog attack on a six-week-old baby in boy in Hawick. The paper says the boy, is in a critical condition in hospital, was at his aunt’s house when he was “savaged by one of her partner’s terriers”.
Daily Express
The Daily Express’s front-page highlights another story of an ex-military death as part of its ongoing “Betrayal of our veterans” crusade. It says a coroner has urged Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson to give members of Britain’s armed forces better help to cope with the trauma of active service, following the inquest of a former special forces member who killed himself.
Daily Mail
The Daily Mail says a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has criticised Labour MP Diane Abbott for “downplaying” the allegations against him. Ms Abbott said in a TV interview that Mr Assange had been dragged from the Ecuadorian embassy over cyber crime.
The Sun
The Scottish Sun goes with a more light-hearted front page, as it tells of a falcon breeder who lets male falcons “romp” with a special hat while it is perched on its head. Howard Waller, from Dallas in Moray, uses the technique as part of a breeding process funded by his Dubai sheikh boss.
The Times
The Times says fresh doubt has been cast over the authenticity of the world’s most expensive painting, the $450m Salvator Mundi. The paper reports claims the National Gallery included it in an exhibition in 2011 but failed to publicise art historians’ doubts that the painting was the sole work of Leonardo da Vinci. However, the gallery is quoted saying the exhibition offered an opportunity to “test a new attribution by direct comparison with works universally accepted as Leonardo’s”.
The National
The National reports on the concept of a new payment system designed for a “cashless society”. it says Scotland could “lead the way” with the plastic payment plan and “boost Scotland’s economy by £40m a year”.
Press and Journal
The Press and Journal’s Highlands edition previews today’s first Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden, where Inverness Caledonian Thistle take on Hearts. But it leads with two men facing jail after they used a vacuum cleaner to try and kill a former friend in an attack in Inverness.
Daily Star
The big news for the Daily Star is that EastEnders actor Jake Wood and his family were “almost eaten alive” by alligators while on holiday in Florida… five years ago. The 46-year-old, who plays Max Branning, tells the paper that his wife was swimming in 2014 when he saw the “maneater” approach.
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The Courier’s Dundee edition leads with Scottish Secretary Jeane Freeeman being urged to take action over a treatment “crisis” at NHS Tayside. It follows the revelation that a health watchdog had criticised NHS Tayside after breast cancer patients were given lower doses of chemotherapy than patients elsewhere in Scotland.

#Brexit Halloween deadline spooks Europe’s newspapers

The flexible Brexit extension until Halloween given to the UK by EU leaders prompts a spirited response from Europe’s papers.

But it’s what the wrangling in Brussels means for EU unity ahead of European Parliament elections next month that preoccupies many in the media.

For France’s Le Monde, it’s a “Halloween Brexit… due on 31 October, the Anglo-Saxon holiday of pumpkins and witches”.

It says President Emmanuel Macron backed Prime Minister Theresa May’s request for a short delay until 30 June but “was forced to compromise”. The leaders finally split the difference with a typically European compromise: “they cut the pumpkin in half“.

France’s Libération believes the extension came at the cost of breaking the united front of EU leaders.

“This increasingly incomprehensible waltz of dates shows that the UK has succeeded in exporting its byzantine internal battles to Brussels. For this summit broke to pieces the nice, united European front which held together, for better or for worse, for three years.”

Libération says the 27 EU leaders have raised the risk of “allowing the British to weigh in on the choice of the future presidents of the EU Commission, Parliament, European Council and the European Central Bank, as well as on discussions regarding the 2020 budget and financial prospects for 2021-2027”.

“Which is to say, they are giving London a capacity for nuisance which it could not have dared dream of.”

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Germany’s Die Welt agrees the effect of Brexit is that “the alliance of the 27 member states is crumbling”.

“The diverging ‘Brexit philosophy’ in Paris and Berlin is obvious. With his hard line towards London, Macron wants to scare populists in his own country about similar anti-EU plans. Berlin, on the other hand, sees long-term damage in a lacking willingness to compromise, which could truly bring the populists onto the scene.”

In the Netherlands, Algemeen Dagblad says Europe is in a very difficult position. “Everybody agrees that a no-deal Brexit is undesirable for all parties… The EU, facing the prospect of European parliamentary elections in May, does not want to be perceived as the bad guy dropping the UK into misery.”

Other papers take a very tough tone towards Britain.

Barcelona-based La Vanguardia says: “The extension discussed through an intense debate at an informal summit in Brussels is the second one and should be final. The British decided to leave the EU by their own volition,” in a post-summit editorial headlined “Brexit and the patience of the EU“.

In Italy, there’s recognition of the EU’s tough choices. For Il Sole 24 Ore, “the 27 want to rule out a dramatic, hard Brexit, but they also want to avoid Britain’s permanence in the Union, one foot in and the other out, impacting on European affairs”.

An alternative take that cannot be allowed to slip through the net comes from Patrick Smyth in the Irish Times who warns of the very real threat of a no-eel Brexit.

He’s talking about the transhipment of live species – in this case eels from Lough Erne in Northern Ireland – to the Republic, and the broader point of importing animal-based food products into the EU.

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“It is true that the fate of the eels can be said to be small beer compared with the impact on the Irish economy of a no-deal Brexit. But it is an illustration of the breadth of the potential impact.”

While the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit may have receded, he says, “we may well be back all too shortly facing up for real to a dreadful prospect in which, among other issues of greater import, the fate of eels and ham sandwiches will again be on the order of the day.”

A pupil at a school in the Perth and Kinross area fired a pellet gun at a teacher the Scottish Daily Mail has revealed on its front page. The attack earlier this year saw the pupil expelled but the police were not called. The paper highlights new figures which show 700 Scottish pupils have been suspended or expelled for taking weapons into the classroom in the last three years.

Scotland’s papers: Teacher airgun attack and Easter egg row

Daily Record
The Daily Record leads with a letter from a factoring firm in Glasgow warning residents near the city’s Kelvingrove Park not to cause “distress, nuisance or mess” during their annual Easter egg rolling event. The firm later apologised to residents.
The Sun
The Scottish Sun leads with a crackdown on the use of psychoactive substances at Addiewell Prison in West Lothian. The paper reports that a number of inmates have been moved to other jails and the homes of some prison officers were searched as part of the operation, though no arrests have been made.
The National
Elsewhere, Brexit dominates once again with many papers, including The National, leading on how talks between Labour and the Conservatives on a compromise deal appeared to hit the buffers yesterday.
The Scotsman
The Scotsman carries a claim from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that Theresa May is wasting time with the talks with Labour unless she substantially changes her position.
The Express
The Scottish Daily Express focuses on the formal request to the EU to delay the UK’s departure from the trading alliance until 30 June, with the preference being that the leave date is 23 May so as to avoid the need to take part in the European Parliament elections.
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Under a banner titled “Brexit betrayal”, The Daily Telegraph suggests the PM’s request to delay the UK’s exit from the EU – and the possibility of holding European elections – pose an “existential threat” to the Tory party.
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The prospect of another short extension to Brexit has been met with a cool response according to the i newspaper, which reports how EU leaders want more detail from the UK on why another delay is necessary.
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A warning from the French government that the UK faces leaving the EU in a “disorderly manner” leads the front page of The Times, which also carries warnings from Labour sources that talks with the UK Government have faltered because of a lack of compromise on the part on Downing Street.
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The Herald has a slightly different take on the impact of Brexit with warnings that bullying of school pupils with Eastern European heritage has got worse since the UK voted to leave the EU in 2016.
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A string of letters to the Scottish government from angry commuters fed up with the standard of service on ScotRail leads the front page of the Press and Journal.

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The Herald leads with rival Labour and SNP politicians working together in a bid to clean up a "century-old toxic disaster" on the River Clyde. The paper says tens of millions of pounds are needed to decontaminate dumps of cancer-causing chemicals in and around Glasgow.

Scotland’s papers: ‘Toxic’ River Clyde and Brexit ‘bribery’

The Herald leads with rival Labour and SNP politicians working together in a bid to clean up a “century-old toxic disaster” on the River Clyde. The paper says tens of millions of pounds are needed to decontaminate dumps of cancer-causing chemicals in and around Glasgow.

Daily Mail
The Daily Mail claims that council tax payers in Scotland face footing the bill to pay for the country’s “town hall pensions timebomb”. It follows the publication of figures which show local authorities paid £1bn into their employees’ retirement pots last year.
The Times
Theresa May’s announcement of a £1.6bn fund for struggling communities amid accusations from critics that it’s a bribe to win over MPs in Leave-supporting areas of the UK, is the lead in the Times. The story appears below a picture of Scotland’s Laura Muir celebrating a second gold medal at the European Athletics Championships.
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The Scotsman leads with the claim by Scotland’s finance secretary Derek Mackay that the country’s £13bn deficit could be brought under control within “a few years” of Scottish independence. The SNP minister says Scotland leaving the UK would prompt a boost in economic growth.
Daily Record
The Daily Record has an interview with the mother of a woman who took her own life after accusing a man of attacking her. Rebecca Youdale reported her neighbour to police but charges against him have now been dropped.
Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph claims ministers have told the paper that Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has dropped his attempts to secure a hard time-limit on the Irish backstop, focusing instead, it says, on an “enhanced arbitration mechanism”. It also devotes half of its front page to a picture of “gifted” public schoolboy Yousef Makki who was stabbed to death in Burnage.
The Sun
The Sun’s front page is dominated by a picture of business tycoon Sir Philip Green kissing a worker as she sits on his knee.
Daily Express
The Daily Express reports on figures obtained by BBC Scotland’s The Nine news show which reveal the number of paramedics who were signed off work with depression went up by 40% in 2018. The statistics show that 9% of all Scottish paramedics took sick leave due to stress-related illness last year.
The National
The National says the economic case for Scottish independence will take centre stage at the SNP’s conference next month. Party members will be asked to vote on a four-page motion setting out the case for self-determination.
Daily Star
The Daily Star says world heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua has been caught up in a row over sex attack allegations made against footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Courier
The Courier’s Dundee edition focuses on a police investigation into a “ferocious” fire at a furniture store in the city. The area around The Furniture Factory on Lochee High Street remains sealed off.
Scotland's papers: 'Toxic' River Clyde and Brexit 'bribery'
The i leads on its own exclusive story which focuses on the risks and dangers it says juries are increasingly facing during trials. The newspapers says it has spoken to high-ranking judges, senior barristers and clinical psychologists for its special series “The Trial: Secrets of Jury Service”.

Newspaper headlines: IS bride pleads for sympathy

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The Daily Telegraph leads on comments by Shamima Begum, who left the UK as a schoolgirl four years ago to join the Islamic State group in Syria, that she should be allowed to return after she gave birth to a boy over the weekend. She has named him Jarah, after one of her two previous babies who died.

Metro front page 18 February 2019
The controversy surrounding Ms Begum also features on the front of the Metro, which leads with the headline: “Jihadi bride: I deserve sympathy”.
The Daily Mirror front page on 18 February 2019
The Daily Mirror, meanwhile, focuses on Ms Begum’s statement that she initially had a “good time” after arriving in the Islamic State-controlled territory in 2015. The 19-year-old has said she does not regret joining the extremist group.
The Sun front page on 19 February 2019
The Sun responds to the teenager’s request for pity by saying: “You must be kidding.” It quotes Conservative MP David Davies as saying: “The only thing she regrets is that IS [Islamic State] lost.”
The Times front page 18 February 2019
The Times reports that a teenager on the same flight to the Middle East as Ms Begum was never prosecuted, despite police finding extremist material in her possession.
The Daily Express front page on 18 February 2019
The Daily Express hails a new medication for arthritis that it says is “game-changing”. Scientists are testing the drug – known as APPA – on humans after finding it relieves pain from osteoarthritis in animals, the paper reports.
The i front page on 18 February 2019
The front of the i carries a warning that universities could be pushed “to the brink” by rising pensions costs. The latest figures show the institutions will need to pay an extra £222m over the next two years to meet increased employer pensions contributions.
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Social media giant Facebook has deliberately broken privacy and competition law and requires urgent regulation, according to a parliamentary report featured on the front of the Guardian. MPs dubbed executives at the company “digital gangsters”.
The Daily Mail front page on 18 February 2019
The Daily Mail features an investigation into the online bookies Bet365 on its front. It found gamblers who lost large amounts of money were given incentives to keep playing. A Bet365 spokesman said the company went “above and beyond” to protect its customers.
The Daily Star front page on 18 February
The Daily Star reports that Britain is forecast to have the hottest February on record, with forecasters predicting temperatures as high as 20C.
Financial Times front page 18 February 2019
The Financial Times reports the UK government is set to undermine US efforts to persuade its allies to ban the Chinese technology firm Huawei from 5G networks. US officials say the company could help China spy on them, but the UK has found there are ways to limit the risks.
The Times leads with a plea from IS bride Shamima Begum that she be allowed to keep her baby, should she return to the UK. The pregnant 19-year-old, who ran away to Syria to join the Islamic State group in 2015, has been speaking to the newspaper from a refugee camp after fleeing fighting in the war-torn state.

Newspaper headlines: IS teen baby plea, and Trump Brexit ‘boost’

The Daily Telegraph front page on 16 February 2019
The Daily Telegraph reports that the head of MI6 has said British citizens who join the Islamic State group – such as Ms Begum – have a right to return to the UK. Alex Younger also warned that fighters trying to return home from Syria were “potentially very dangerous” and the group would “morph and spread”, even as world leaders prepare to announce the end of the so-called caliphate.
Daily Mail front page 16 February 2019
The Daily Mail has claimed a “victory” following its campaign urging banks to reimburse victims of “sophisticated” frauds. A number of banks have agreed to pay into a fund that will “ensure no genuine victim is left out of pocket”, the newspaper reports.
FT Weekend front page 16 February 2019
Mobile phone companies will be forced to open up their networks to rivals in an effort to improve coverage in rural areas, according to the FT. More than a fifth of the UK does not have adequate signal to make a phone call, the paper reports. The digital and culture secretary has told the telecoms regulator to examine the benefits of forcing operators to share masts.
Daily Express front page on 16 February 2019
The Daily Express celebrates on its front page US President Donald Trump’s remarks that US-UK trade will increase “very substantially” after Brexit. The paper says the comments will give Britain a “huge boost”.
The Daily Mirror front page 16 February 2019
The Daily Mirror reports that TV presenter Ant McPartlin has accused broadcaster Piers Morgan of insulting people suffering from mental health problems. Morgan recently questioned why McPartlin was up for an award since he had been “sitting on his backside”. McPartlin pulled out of hosting ITV’s Saturday Night Takeaway last year after he was arrested for drinking and driving.
The Sun front page 16 February
The Sun features on its front page a “fiery clash” between the estranged wife of celebrity chef Paul Hollywood and his “young lover” in Marks and Spencer.
"Revealed: the child victims of dating apps" is the headline in the Sunday Times, which publishes an investigation into how modern technology is giving sexual predators "easy access" to children. The paper says it has uncovered more than 90 cases since 2015 where children have been abused after evading age checks on apps such as Tinder and Grindr.

Newspaper headlines: ‘Child victims of Tinder’, and more Brexit plots

A story on the Observer front page also examines the plight of vulnerable young people, reporting that suicidal children are having to wait for weeks for beds in mental health units. The paper’s main story says Theresa May is under pressure to sack Transport Secretary Chris Grayling over the collapsed Brexit ferry deal.
Mail on Sunday front page
The Mail on Sunday publishes exclusive extracts of a letter the Duchess of Sussex allegedly sent to her father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. Mr Markle, who has apparently given the MoS the letter, says it left him feeling “devastated”. The paper says the letter reveals the “true tragedy” of the duchess’ rift with her father.
Sunday Express front page
Grainy pictures of Commons Speaker John Bercow and leading Tory Remainer Kenneth Clarke are evidence of a “Brexit curry house plot”, says the Sunday Express. The paper’s lead story expresses “outrage” that head teachers are backing a strike by pupils over climate change.
Daily Telegraph front page
The Sunday Telegraph publishes new claims about Sir Philip Green, alleging that there was a “cover-up” in the investigation into one of the £1m sexual harassment claims against him. Two witness accounts were left out of the internal report which cleared the billionaire tycoon, the paper says. Sir Philip has previously denied any wrongdoing.
Sunday Mirror front page
Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror focuses on the news that Prince Philip is giving up his driving licence at the age of 97. “I’ll feel safer now he’s off roads,” is the headline, based on comments from Emma Fairweather, who was injured in his crash last month.
Sunday People front page
The daughter of a disabled man who was murdered and robbed appears on the front of the Sunday People. Aimy Brady asks: “What kind of human kills someone over a games console?” The 23-year-old is speaking out after a couple were convicted of killing her father Eamon.
Daily Star on Sunday front page
And Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is branded a “cheatskate” in the Daily Star on Sunday. The paper says the player was unfaithful while his partner was pregnant – but it focuses on the budget-conscious £70-a-night price of the hotel where he allegedly strayed.

The retail tycoon, Sir Philip Green, remains under the spotlight, with a second day of allegations about his treatment of some senior executives.

The Sun on Sunday predicts that more claims are in the pipeline and none of them are covered by the controversial gagging orders known as non-disclosure agreements.

Sir Philip has denied doing anything that was criminal or amounted to gross misconduct.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Women and Equalities Minister Penny Mordaunt says the government will launch a consultation about the use of non-disclosure agreements so that workers cannot be intimidated into silence.

Sir Philip Green

In its editorial the Telegraph welcomes her approach , saying Sir Philip’s case shows the urgent need for reform of their use.

Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday devotes a total of thirteen pages to the serialisation of a new book, which the paper believes shows Jeremy Corbyn is unfit for office .

It says author Tom Bower has spent eighteen months creating an in-depth profile of the Labour leader, including what it describes as shocking details about the anti-Semitism of his supporters and what his critics say is hisduplicity over Brexit .

The paper also publishes parts of a “sensational letter” which the Duchess of Sussex allegedly sent to her father, Thomas Markle.

In the extracts published by the paper, the duchess accuses her father of breaking her heart “into a million pieces” by speaking to the press.

According to the MoS, Mr Markle says he planned to keep the letter “totally private out of respect for her” but changed his mind after her friends allegedly gave an anonymous interview “attacking him” to a US magazine last week.

The Observer wonders, at a time of Brexit splits, claims of anti-Semitism and rows about Venezuela, whether Mr Corbyn can hold his increasingly divided party together.

It reports that – according to very senior figures – there is concern at the highest level about rising levels of discontent and talks of breakaways.

The Sunday Times feels that, try as he might, Mr Corbyn cannot escape the charge that the party has become a hotbed of anti-Semitism. It also thinks he is struggling because he cannot reconcile his own Euroscepticism with the views of Labour supporters – most of whom back a second referendum.

Prince Philip’s driving

The Duke of Edinburgh’s decision to surrender his driving licence after being involved in a crash last month is seen by the Telegraph as a marked change of heart , after he took delivery of a replacement Land Rover two days later.

The Mail on Sunday reports that he could still face criminal charges after police handed over a file about the crash to the Crown Prosecution Service.

But the Sunday Times believes the Duke’s announcement means he is likely to escape being charged and prosecuted for careless driving .

Prince Philip driving near Sandringham Estate on 19 January 2019

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock tells the Sun on Sunday that he is setting up a team of NHS senior doctors and nurses to work with social media companies to oversee the removal of images of self-harm to make their sites a safe place for children.

The Sunday Times highlights concerns that the failure to enforce adult age limits on dating apps is placing a generation of children at riskof grooming and sexual exploitation.

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There is much speculation about the Brexit negotiations. The Sun on Sunday reports thatTheresa May has set her sights on clinching an agreement just 72 hours before Britain is due to leave , raising the prospect of MPs having to vote for a final deal or crashing out.

The Sunday Times suggests Labour is seeking to seize control of the talks by forcing Mrs May to put her deal to a second decisive vote before the end of the month.

In an interview with the paper , Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer says Labour will try to stop a no-deal Brexit with an amendment that will compel her to hold another meaningful vote before 26 February.

The Mail on Sunday claims six cabinet ministers have met to try to find “common ground” between warring cabinet groups – with more talks planned for Monday.

Brexit ferry contract scrapped

The Observer says Theresa May is facing cross-party calls to sack the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling after the collapse of the contract to a ferry company that had no ships.

It reports that senior Tories have accused her of turning a blind eye to Mr Grayling’s decision to award a deal to Seaborne Freight, despite widespread derision. The governmen scrapped the contract on Saturday.

For the Sunday Mirror, Mr Grayling’s “legacy of failure is unprecedented in modern politics” and he should resign.

White House bid

In the United States, there are many reviews of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s speech, confirming that she has entered the contest for the Democratic nomination in next year’s presidential election.

Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren launching her campaign to be the Democrats’ 2020 candidate

The New York Times thinks she is seeking to establish herself as a champion of liberal policy, while the Boston Globe believes she’s attempting to present a unifying and inclusive message, with a focus on inequality .

The Washington Post says she is positioning herself as the leader of a renewed crusadeagainst what she calls the “corrupt” influence of large companies and powerful politicians.

Finally, the Sunday Times highlights new research which suggests that men’s ears really do grow with age . Scientists have even calculated the mathematical formula describing the process.

It seems women’s ears grow less noticeably – except for those who wear heavy earrings.

The Daily Mail leads with news of a "crackdown" on cold callers. The paper says dozens of firms who moved to Scotland to escape tough regulations will now be su

The Papers: Cold call warning and medication costs row

The Daily Mail leads with news of a “crackdown” on cold callers. The paper says dozens of firms who moved to Scotland to escape tough regulations will now be subject to the same strict rules as the rest of the UK.

The i
The i leads on campaigners’ pleas for the government to intervene over the drug Orkambi, which they say children with cystic fibrosis are being denied. The life-extending drug has reportedly been priced by manufacturers at more than £100,000 per patient per year.
Daily Record
The Daily Record says three Strictly Come Dancing stars chased a thief who stole a mobile phone from them as they had dinner before a Glasgow show. The paper hails taxi drivers Greg Macfarlane and Willie Paterson who helped in the chase.
The Scotsman
The Scotsman features a warning from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon that the UK is “not remmotely prepared” for Brexit. Ms Sturgeon will call for the process to be stalled in a keynote speech in the US today.
Daily Express
Theresa May faces a “race against time” to draw up a new withdrawal agreement proposal to take back to Brussels, the Daily Express reports. The paper said the prime minister will thrash out talks with Tory Brexiteers and Remainers in a bid to find a deal that can get through the Commons, and be acceptable to EU negotiators.
The National
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has welcomed the launch of a new organisation “dedicated to advancing the fight for Scottish independence”, according to The National. Progress Scotland has been set up by former SNP depute leader Angus Robertson.
The Sun
The Sun leads with news that TV presenter Ant McPartlin has bought two Maltipoo puppies “to help with his fresh start”. It also features Nicola Sturgeon being accused of “abandoning the day job” by campaigning for Scottish independence while on a visit to the US.
Daily Star
The Star carries a story about a US professor who has criticised the Step In Time scene in the original Mary Poppins film.
The Herald
The Herald leads with claims that taxpayers have been hit with a £1bn bill over the last five years because of the collapse of the high street and the demise of other big businesses.
Press and Journal
The Press and Journal says Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee has urged the UK government and business to invest in three new centres of excellence for the North Sea oil and gas industry. The paper says the move could boosy the north-east economy by as much as £110bn over the next 15 years,
The Times
The government is considering withdrawing a £60m support package for Japanese car maker Nissan after it broke a pledge to build one of its new cars at its Sunderland plant, the Times reports. The car maker has said its X-Trail SUV would be built in Japan rather than the UK.
Daily Telegraph
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss has said women should be less “squeamish” about making money, the Daily Telegraph reports. It is part of the paper’s campaign called Women Mean Business, which highlights the funding gap for female entrepreneurs in the UK.

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Brexit: MPs discuss backstop ‘alternatives’

If not the backstop, then what? Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay is beginning three days of discussions with MPs and government officials, after the Commons voted last week to find another way of avoiding a hard Irish border after the UK leaves the EU.

The backstop is described as an “insurance policy” – designed to avoid a hard border “under all circumstances”. And it’s proved the single biggest sticking point in getting MPs to back Theresa May’s Brexit agreement with the EU.

According to Downing Street, Mr Barclay’s Alternative Arrangements Working Group, including Conservative Leave and former Remain MPs, meets amid “significant support” for the so-called “Malthouse Compromise”. This includes extending the transition period for a year until the end of 2021 and protecting EU citizens’ rights, instead of using the backstop.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid says “existing technology” can be used to ensure there’s no hard Irish border, but Irish PM Leo Varadkar says it’s “very frustrating” that the UK government is referring to this idea. BBC Reality Check looks at what might happen.

Matters are undoubtedly complex, so here’s our simple guide to Brexit.

Emiliano Sala plane wreckage found

Accident investigators will later inspect the wreckage of the plane

carrying Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala. The Piper Malibu N264DB, lost on 21 January, was found off Guernsey on Sunday. The 28-year-old Argentine striker and pilot David Ibbotson, 59, were the only people on board. “I cannot believe it,” Mr Sala’s father told Argentinian broadcaster Cronica TV. “This is a dream. A bad dream. I am desperate.”

Hermes to offer pay benefits to couriers

Parcel delivery firm Hermes has agreed to offer couriers paid holiday and guaranteed wage rates under what it calls a “self-employed plus” status. It has reached a deal with the GMB union, allowing workers to opt in to receive up to 28 days’ paid leave and choose pay rates of “at least” £8.50 an hour. In return, Hermes couriers will have to follow routes set out by the firm, to ensure they are working efficiently.

‘The day I went to prison, I got my life back’

Written by Emmanuel justice, BBC Stories

As she sat in the dock, waiting for the judge to send her to prison, Lilly Lewis found to her surprise that she couldn’t stop laughing. She didn’t understand why. It wasn’t nerves, exactly, and there wasn’t anything remotely funny about her situation. Lilly’s lawyer had warned she was looking at an eight-year sentence.

But somehow the entire court case had seemed unreal to her, like a huge, elaborate joke.

What the papers say

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The Guardian reports that a life-extending drug for patients with cystic fibrosis has been priced by manufacturers at more than £100,000 per patient per year. The i speaks to campaigners who say this means some children are being denied the treatment. Meanwhile, the Times leads on Nissan’s decision not to build one of its new cars at its Sunderland plant, saying ministers could withdraw a £60m support package for the Japanese car manufacturer. And the Daily Telegraph quotes Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss saying that women should be less “squeamish” about making money.

"Tory peer in £600,000 conflict of interest" is the headline in the Mail on Sunday. The paper says Conservative grandee John Selwyn Gummer's private company earned £600,000 from businesses "that stand to make millions from his advice to ministers". The former environment secretary vehemently denied any conflict of interest and said he complied with disclosure rules.

Newspaper headlines: ‘Brexit plan to evacuate the Queen..’

Newspaper headlines: 'Brexit plan to evacuate the Queen..'
Cold War plans to evacuate the Royal Family from London have been “repurposed” in the event of riots after a no-deal Brexit, the Sunday Times reports. The plans were intended to be put into action in the event of a nuclear attack with the Soviet Union, which would have seen the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh moved to a secret location outside the capital.
Observer
The Observer leads with speculation that six disaffected Labour MPs have been drawing up plans to resign and form a “breakaway movement on the political centre ground”. The paper names three “widely rumoured” MPs in the group – Angela Smith, Chris Leslie and Luciana Berger. All three swatted away the rumours when approached by the paper, but highlighted how disaffected they were on issues like Brexit and anti-Semitism.
Sunday Telegraph
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Prime Minister Theresa May pledges to “battle for Britain” when she travels to Brussels to reopen negotiations with the EU. She suggested she would seek an alternative to the backstop: either a time limit or a “unilateral exit mechanism”. The EU has already rejected both of these alternatives.
Mail on Sunday
“Tory peer in £600,000 conflict of interest” is the headline in the Mail on Sunday. The paper says Conservative grandee John Selwyn Gummer’s private company earned £600,000 from businesses “that stand to make millions from his advice to ministers”. The former environment secretary vehemently denied any conflict of interest and said he complied with disclosure rules.
Sunday Express
The Sunday Express accuses the BBC of “lobbying influential MPs” to support scrapping free TV licences for the over 75s. The scheme is currently financed by the government but will end in 2020. The corporation will then have to fund the £745m scheme, about a fifth of the BBC’s current budget, by 2021-22.
Star on Sunday
Rhodri Giggs, brother of former Manchester United midfielder and Wales manager Ryan Giggs, has said he wants to heal a long-standing rift between them, the Daily Star on Sunday reports. Ryan Giggs’s affair with Rhodri’s wife came to light seven years ago.

The Financial Times is among several papers to lead on Theresa May's decision to back an amendment to her own Brexit deal that would overhaul provisions preventing a hard border with Ireland. The PM has moved to woo moderate Eurosceptic MPs to support her plans, it says.

Newspaper headlines: May bids to woo Tories before Brexit debate..’

The Financial Times is among several papers to lead on Theresa May’s decision to back an amendment to her own Brexit deal that would overhaul provisions preventing a hard border with Ireland. The PM has moved to woo moderate Eurosceptic MPs to support her plans, it says.
Guardian front page - 29/01/19
The Guardian says the chances of the amendment on the “backstop” passing are on a knife-edge because Tory Brexiteers are split over whether they should back it. Looking ahead to votes on amendments to the PM’s deal, the paper predicts a day of deadlock.
Times front page - 29/01/19
The Times says the Tory party’s hard-Brexit “rebels” were refusing to rally behind calls for unity. If Theresa May fails to win backing she could be “fatally exposed” to a cross-party move to take control of the Brexit timetable, the paper reports.
Sun front page - 29/01/19
The Sun prints a leading article on its front page, urging MPs to stop the amendment tabled by Labour MP Yvette Cooper to delay Mrs May’s plans. Alongside a photograph of party leader Jeremy Corbyn, the paper says: “Don’t let Labour kill Brexit”.
Daily Express front page - 29/01/19
The Daily Express also leads on Mrs May’s fresh attempt to win backing for her plans – suggesting she issued an “extraordinary challenge” to her arch rival Boris Johnson to support her.
i front page - 29/01/19
However, the i reports Mr Johnson – and the leader of the hard-Brexit faction, Jacob Rees-Mogg – will not back the prime minister. The MPs have cut her lifeline, it says.
Metro front page - 29/01/19
The Metro leads on a warning from a number of retailers and restaurant chains that a no-deal Brexit could lead to a fresh-food shortage – highlighting their concern that salad items could be hit. But it says their fears were downplayed by the Leave Means Leave campaign group.
Daily Express front page - 29/01/19
“No deal, no meal”, says the headline in the Daily Mirror. “Retail chiefs have warned of food shortages and crippling price rises in the chaos of a no-deal Brexit,” it reports.
Daily Mail front page - 29/01/19
The Daily Mail leads on a report into children’s use of technology – saying campaigners fear some youngsters are abandoning their friends and hobbies to go on the internet, play games or watch TV. It carries the headline “Generation of web addicts”.
Daily Telegraph front page - 29/01/19
The Daily Telegraph focuses on Sir Philip Green’s decision to drop legal action which prevented the paper from publishing sexual harassment and racist behaviour allegations against him. It says the retail tycoon, who denies the claims, is now being urged to free his accusers from gagging orders that prevent them from speaking out.
Daily Star front page - 29/01/19
The Daily Star leads on Blue singer and Strictly Come Dancing star Simon Webbe’s revelation in a magazine interview that his brother took his own life last November.

The papers look ahead to the votes in the Commons, on a series of amendments to Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

Theresa May leaving Downing Street on 21 January 2019

The Sun’s front page headline is: “Don’t let Labour kill Brexit”.

There is no story – just an editorial which urges MPs to reject the amendment put forward by the Labour MP Yvette Cooper. It would delay the UK’s departure if no plan was agreed by the end of February.

The Sun believes the measure could be a “mortal blow” for Brexit. Ms Cooper has insisted the amendment seeks only to postpone leaving, but the paper fears that any delay could become permanent.

The Daily Mail is highly critical of a different faction , the European Research Group of Brexit-supporting Conservative MPs.

The paper is horrified by the ERG’s warning that it will defy the Tory whip, and not support the amendment which seeks changes on the Irish border issue.

The Mail sees that proposal as “eminently sensible”, because it could pave the way for a Brexit deal. And it describes those Brexiteers who fail to accept that as “reckless zealots”.

There is a section in the Times that seeks to weigh up how significant a day this is in the Brexit process. By the end of the voting, it says, “we will certainly have a better idea of what MPs don’t agree on – and perhaps a better idea of what they do agree on”.

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The Financial Times says European leaders are “bracing themselves” for a request from Mrs May to extend the 29 March Brexit deadline.

It believes that the “precise response is far from certain”.

The EU, explains the paper, would have to decide how long such an extension lasted – and what conditions would be imposed on the UK.

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The lead in the Daily Telegraph follows up the announcement that Sir Philip Green has ended his legal claim against the paper, which reported allegations of sexual and racial harassment against him.

The businessman has always denied wrongdoing – and has warned that any former employee who breaks an agreement not to discuss allegations against him could face legal action.

The Telegraph says there are calls for Sir Philip to remove that threat.

Online addicts

The Times and the Sun both report that Kensington Palace has been struggling to cope with the amount of online abuse directed at the Duchesses of Cambridge and Sussex.

The Times says household staff spend several hours per week deleting what are described as “vicious comments”.

Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex

It reveals that the palace has appealed to Instagram to help deal with the problem.

The paper’s leader column argues that technology companies need to be more aggressive in closing the accounts of abusive people.

“Generation of web addicts” is the front page headline in the Daily Mail.

It is shocked by new research from the media regulator, Ofcom, that shows many children spend on average around three hours a day online.

Child looking at mobile phone in bed

Particularly disturbing, says the paper, is a tendency among youngsters to watch people online pursuing hobbies and interacting with friends, instead of doing those things themselves.

The paper’s cartoonist, Pugh, depicts a father who has disguised a window frame as a tablet computer, with his son who is looking through it.

The caption is: “I’ve tricked him into thinking the garden’s a YouTube video”.

Tablecloth charger

There are details in the Daily Mirror of Britain’s first legal cannabis farm.

It has been set up in Wiltshire after a company was granted permission to cultivate the plants for medicinal purposes.

The paper says the location of the seven-and-a-half acre greenhouse is not being disclosed, because of security concerns.

Finally, the Guardian reports that people who forget to charge their mobile phones may soon be in luck.

American scientists have created super-thin, flexible materials that can generate power from the electro-magnetic waves in the air.

The paper says it raises the possibility that you could soon be plugging your phone into the tablecloth.

Newspaper headlines: ‘Battle over second Brexit vote’ and ‘Geraint’s glory’ By BBC NewsStaff.’

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Many of Monday’s papers focus on Brexit and discussions of a second referendum. The Guardian says Theresa May will “beg MPs” today not to “break faith with the British people” by demanding another public ballot. Like many of the papers, it carries a picture of BBC sports personality of the year winner, cyclist Geraint Thomas.
Metro
“Battle in the Number 10 bunker over second vote,” is the Metro’s headline. The paper says Mrs May will rule out the idea, following the claims of a plot behind her back to hold one. The PM is expected to tell the Commons that calling another vote would risk doing “irreparable damage” to public trust in politicians.
The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph leads on comments from former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, taken from his column in the paper. He says a second referendum would provoke “instant, deep and ineradicable feelings of betrayal”.
Daily Express
Don’t dare steal our Brexit,” is the headline on the Daily Express, which reports that Mrs May’s warning that a second referendum would plunge the country into fresh division. She has vowed to stop any new EU vote, the paper says.
The Sun
The Sun also leads on the PM’s Brexit vote warning, saying May has “slapped down ministers” who have reportedly been “plotting” a second referendum. She is attempting to kill off the idea for good, the paper says.
The Times
The PM’s cabinet allies have publically demanded that she allows MPs a series of votes on options to break the Brexit deadlock, the Times says. Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Education Secretary Damian Hinds both backed the plan on Sunday, it reports.
The i
“At last: a plan to end the UK’s Brexit impasse,” says the i. It also says cabinet ministers are pressuring the PM to let MPs vote on all of the options, while one cabinet faction will demand that the UK leaves without a deal.
Daily Mirror
Away from Brexit, the Daily Mirror uses its front page to launch a campaign to keep free TV licences for the over-75s. The BBC is losing government funding for the benefit in 2020, the papers says, and is considering scrapping the benefit. Ex-PM Gordon Brown, who introduced the scheme, is backing the campaign.
Financial Times
The Financial Times says Jaguar Land Rover is to announce plans to cut thousands of jobs as part of a £2.5bn turnaround plan. It says up to 5,000 posts are at risk at the carmaker, which employs 40,000 people in the UK. In October, the company posted a loss of £90m for the three months to September, the paper adds.
Daily Mail
The Daily Mail reports that the NHS plans to increase the voluntary workforce from 78,000 to 156,000 over the next three years. The paper is running a campaign to sign up hospital volunteers – backed by JK Rowling, Claudia Winkleman and Sir Cliff Richard.
Daily Star
The Daily Star warns of three 60mph storms set to hit the UK over the festive period, as well as traffic chaos and increased pressure on hospitals with an increase in alcohol-related admissions. “Christmas Hampered” is headline.

Theresa May’s warning about another Brexit referendum features on a number of front pages, including the Daily Express , which has the headline: “Don’t Dare Steal Our Brexit.”

It says the prime minister will try to reassure “furious” MPs that she won’t sanction a second referendum, “after senior Tories accused her allies of plotting to betray voters”.

The Metro suggests there is a “battle in the Number 10 bunker” over another vote, following claims that Mrs May’s advisers have held talks about the prospect “behind her back”.

According to the paper, her chief of staff, Gavin Barwell, and her de facto deputy, David Lidington, “both yesterday denied they were seeking a second public vote – but did not deny that discussions had taken place”.

The Times says Mrs May’s cabinet allies have publicly urged her to put Brexit in the hands of Parliament and allow MPs a series of votes on options to break the deadlock.

That demand appears to be backed by the i,which has the headline: “At last, a plan to end the UK’s Brexit impasse.”

The Financial Times says that while some senior cabinet ministers believe a second referendum may be the only way to prevent the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal, “they also all want other options to be tested first”.

PATheresa May with her husband Philip

According to the Daily Telegraph , Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has denied reports he told cabinet ministers Mrs May must be “removed” from office after Brexit, so others can take over and renegotiate her deal.

Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has told the Telegraph that a second vote would provoke “instant, deep and ineradicable feelings of betrayal”.

Writing in the paper , he says it is “sickening to discover” that senior figures in government are actively canvassing the idea – and he warns that ministers would be “out of their minds” to sanction another ballot.

The public, he says, would be “utterly infuriated” by being asked to vote again, simply because they had failed to give the right answer last time.

Several papers use their leader columns to support Mrs May’s position.

The Daily Mail claims a second vote would be “utter folly”, while the Sun insists the prime minister is “absolutely right” to slap-down what it calls “the arch-Remainers”.

For the Times , Mrs May must seize the initiative, if she is to avoid another calamitous week.

It argues a second referendum is “the least bad option”, but says that if Mrs May will not take that step, “she should allow MPs to vote on her deal as soon as possible, before Parliament breaks for Christmas”.

Only then, it says, “can the process of finding a way to break the deadlock begin”.  letter – calling on the BBC to make global warming its top editorial priority – is published inthe Guardian .

It’s been written by the campaign group, Extinction Rebellion, which was responsible for organising civil disobedience protests, which blocked several bridges in London last month.

The activists say they want to meet BBC director general Tony Hall to discuss how the corporation can report “the full truth”.

They say the BBC should adopt a climate emergency strategic plan with the same urgency as was placed on informing the public about World War Two.

The health service wants to double the number of volunteers it uses over the next three years, according to the front page of the Mail .

It reports that the ambition is set out in NHS England’s Long Term Plan – due to be published in the new year – and would bring the total number of volunteer carers to more than 150,000.

The Mail says the document highlights how volunteering can benefit both patients and the volunteers themselves, as older people stay physically active and connected to their communities, while younger people develop skills and experience for work and education.

A number of papers predict a bright future for Stacey Dooley, after the documentary maker won the final of Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday.

“At a time when young female faces from working class backgrounds are at a premium in television,” says the Guardian , “the broadcasting world is at the feet of a woman who was originally plucked from her job at Luton airport’s duty-free makeup section”. 

PAStrictly winners Kevin Clifton and Stacey Dooley

The Telegraph is less generous, and suggests that votes for the journalist’s dancing partner, Kevin Clifton, may have swung the result in her favour.

As the only British professional dancer in the final, it says, “quiet patriotism could also have been a factor in this Brexit era”.

Dire warnings about travel problems over the holiday period are featured by a number of papers.

According to the Sun , Britain faces “Christmas chaos – with 229 miles of roadworks and 330 railway projects blighting journeys home”.

Experts have told the Daily Mirror that 20 million leisure journeys will be made in the run-up to Christmas, with Thursday expected to see the biggest increase in cars on the road.

The Times says the RAC has warned drivers on the busiest motorways to expect delays of up to three hours.


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