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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.
The Guardian front page 2019
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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.’


The Papers


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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