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Newspaper headlines: ‘Tory MP arrested’ and PM urged to stop ‘chaos’


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Newspaper headlines: ‘Tory MP arrested’ and PM urged to stop ‘chaos’

Image copyright PA Media The Sunday Telegraph leads on what it says is a “ministers’ blueprint” to avoid another lockdown – which would see elderly people and others at high risk from Covid-19 being asked to stay at home. It says those being shielded could be allocated specific times to have exclusive access to some…

Newspaper headlines: ‘Tory MP arrested’ and PM urged to stop ‘chaos’

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The Sunday Telegraph leads on what it says is a “ministers’ blueprint” to avoid another lockdown – which would see elderly people and others at high risk from Covid-19 being asked to stay at home.

It says those being shielded could be allocated specific times to have exclusive access to some shops and services.

According to the paper, other options put forward by officials include a city-wide lockdown of London if there is a spike in infection rates, and tighter quarantine restrictions on those flying into the UK.

The Sunday Times has similar details which it says are the result of Boris Johnson and his officials having “wargamed nuclear options to prevent a second national lockdown this winter”..

Fears of catching Covid-19 is putting millions of us off getting back to our normal lives, according to the Sunday Express.

Its own opinion poll found many people have decided not to go away this year. It adds that people who live in popular UK destinations are staying inside too – in case tourists bring the infection with them.

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Mr Johnson’s handling of the crisis comes in for criticism in the Sunday Mirror, which has the headline “Stop this Chaos”.

The paper says millions of people in the north of England are baffled by the new restrictions.

Its editorial accuses the PM of “lurching wildly in a lockdown meltdown” and “imperilling lives by creating confusion”.

The Observer suggests there is a threat to Labour party funding from its biggest union backer.

In an interview with the paper, Unite’s leader, Len McClusky, says it will review its political donations after Sir Keir Starmer’s decision to pay damages to ex-party workers who spoke out about anti-Semitism. Mr McClusky called it an “abuse of members’ money”.

The Observer describes his intervention as “robust” and predicts it will intensify the infighting caused by the settlement, which was opposed by the former leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

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Sir Keir Starmer’s decision to pay damages to former party workers has reportedly angered Labour’s biggest union backer, Unite

The Sunday Times says that first-time buyers looking to get on the property ladder can no longer rely on the “Bank of Mum and Dad” to help them come up with a deposit.

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It reports that Britain’s second biggest mortgage lender, Nationwide, will start asking for proof that at least three-quarters of the cash paid up front has come from the buyer’s own savings.

The paper’s editorial notes this will come as a blow to parents too – suggesting that helping their offspring get a deposit is not entirely philanthropic – “but sometimes the only way to get your child to leave home”.

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