Newspaper headlines: 'Tories braced for drubbing' in local elections


Newspaper headlines: ‘Tories braced for drubbing’ in local elections


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The Conservative Party is braced for a “drubbing” in this week’s local elections, according to the i. The paper reports the Tories are “expected to lose 1,000 council seats” in Thursday’s polls. The party’s chairman says grassroots members are “hugely frustrated” at the government’s handling of Brexit.

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“Millions of over 50s” could be asked to pay an additional £4,000 in National Insurance contributions in order to access “good quality care in old age”, according to the Daily Express. The paper says the “radical plans” are needed to solve the UK’s “toxic” social care problem.

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The Guardian leads on what it describes as “chaos” in the Home Office. It says “chaos, incompetence and bullying” of Home Office employees is leading to “failed deportations and the unlawful detention of vulnerable and desperate people”. The allegations all come from “whistleblowers”, the paper says.

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Police investigations into cases of rape could be halted if victims do not agree to hand over their phones for inspection, reports the Metro. It says new consent forms have been brought in by the Crown Prosecution Service after a number of trials collapsed when “evidence such as text messages between the complainant and the alleged abuser emerged”. Critics of the move say it amounts to a “digital strip search”.

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The Times also leads on the story about sexual abuse victims having to hand their phones to the police. The main image on the front page is of participants in Sunday’s London Marathon running down the Mall. Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge ran the second fastest marathon in history to win the event for a fourth time as Britain’s Mo Farah finished fifth.

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“Proof obesity kills” is the headline on the front page of the Daily Mail. The paper says a “major new report” shows being obese can “raise the risk of dying by 50%”. The study included a survey of 2.8 million people in Britain.

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The Daily Mirror also leads on the obesity study – and says 18.5 million Britons are in the “fat danger zone”. Even just “slightly overweight” people face a “surprisingly high” threat of numerous serious health conditions, the paper says.

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Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says the UK should be “cautious” about allowing tech firm Huawei to help build its new 5G network because the company is “obliged” to cooperate with Chinese intelligence services, the Daily Telegraph reports. The US, Australia and New Zealand have all banned Huawei from building key aspects of their tech infrastructure over such fears, but the UK is reportedly ready to work with Huawei anyway.

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“Trampoline of duty” is the headline on the front page of the Sun. Referencing BBC drama Line of Duty, the paper splashes on pictures of a police officer jumping on a trampoline “during a drug bust”. The Sun says West Midlands Police is investigating the incident.

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The EU’s banking watchdog is “under fire”, according to the Financial Times, after shelving an investigation into Danske Bank. Last year, the then-chief executive of Danske Bank, Thomas Borgen, resigned in the wake of an investigation into payments of about €200bn (£177bn) through its Estonian branch. The Danish bank said many of those payments were suspicious.

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The UK is set for another “beach and barbie bank holiday booze-up”, according to the Daily Star. The paper’s main story – effectively next weekend’s weather forecast – says Britain could enjoy temperature’s of up to 26C in the first weekend of May.

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