Newspaper review: Doping accusations and terror threats

Sunday Times

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The coach of British athlete Mo Farah “abused prescription medicines” and may have used “prohibited drug infusions” to boost performance, according to the Sunday Times. The paper says it has seen documents showing athletes coached by Alberto Salazar at Nike’s flagship training project in Oregon had been given infusions of a research supplement based on the chemical L-carnitine. Mr Salazar denies any wrongdoing.

Sunday Telegraph

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Terror threats in the UK are at their worst since the IRA bombings of the 1970s, according to Max Hill, the government’s new independent reviewer of terrorism legislation. He told the Sunday Telegraph that so-called Islamic State was planning “indiscriminate attacks”.

Mail on Sunday

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A GP who refused to see a five-year-old girl after she was late for her appointment has been criticised in an NHS report as the child died later that day. The investigation from the Mail on Sunday claims the GP turned away Ellie-May Clark, who later suffered an asthma attack in bed.

Daily Express

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The Sunday Express tells the story of children’s author Helen Bailey, whose killer, Ian Stewart, was jailed for 34 years. The paper spoke to neighbours of the couple, who describe him as having a “Jekyll and Hyde” personality and a “volcanic temper”.

Daily Star Sunday

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Spandau Ballet star and judge on BBC’s Let It Shine Martin Kemp has spoken of a drugs binge on Mescaline, according to the Daily Star Sunday. He told the paper: “It was one of the best nights of my life”.

Sunday People

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The Sunday People celebrates a readers’ campaign to get schoolgirl Abi Longfellow the life-saving kidney drugs she needs. She had been told by doctors it was too expensive but NHS England has signed off on the drug.

Sunday Mirror

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In the latest story to come out of an unusual love affair, the Sunday Mirror reports Charles Bronson’s fiancée Paula Williamson used to be an escort. The former soap star told the paper she made £500 a night to “make ends meet”.

It may be a day of rest, but there is precious little respite from the pressure on Jeremy Corbyn in Sunday’s newspapers.

Writing in the Observer, Andrew Rawnsley says there is no way of describing Labour’s defeat in the Copeland by-election as anything but “a catastrophe” for the party.

Labour, he says, remains “trapped” with a leader who blames his failings on everyone but himself.

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The Labour leader is coming under fire again after his party lost the Copeland by-election

Lord Prescott uses an article in the Sunday Mirror to urge Mr Corbyn and his MPs to find a better way to work together or face the prospect of losing “countless other Copelands” at the next election.

A former aide to Ed Miliband, Ayesha Hazarika, tells the Mail on Sunday she once admired Mr Corbyn for standing up for social justice, but now believes the Labour leader should “look into his soul” and admit he simply isn’t up to the job.

The Sunday Telegraph reports that senior Conservatives are now plotting a “ruthless strategy” to target 30 other northern Labour constituencies, just as they targeted vulnerable Lib-Dem seats in 2015.

The Mail says the Conservative victory in Copeland means Theresa May has already built her own “Hadrian’s Wall” in the far North of England, with an unbroken coast-to-coast chain of four Tory seats, running from east to west.

UKIP’s ‘dullards’

The Sunday Express focuses on the fall-out from UKIP’s defeat to Labour in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election.

In an interview with the paper, the UKIP donor, Arron Banks, says the party is being run like “a jumble sale” and he threatens to resign unless he can become chairman.

Mr Banks says “dullards” are failing to bring in Tory votes but UKIP’s health spokeswoman, Suzanne Evans, hits back, telling the Mail it would be “no great loss” if Mr Banks severed his links with the party.

The new independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, Max Hill, uses his interview with the Sunday Telegraph to express “enormous concern” at the possible imminent return of British jihadis who have been fighting in Syria and Iraq.

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Max Hill will report annually to Parliament on the state of UK terror laws

Mr Hill also defends ministers who approved compensation for a former Guantanamo Bay inmate who carried out a suicide attack in Iraq this month, saying they could not have known he would eventually join the so-called Islamic State.

The Sunday Times reports that a second Briton, freed from Guantanamo Bay, has travelled to the Middle East to fight.

The activities of a growing number of deer poachers on Exmoor are highlighted by the Sunday Telegraph.

The paper reports that gangs, armed with rifles and powerful lamps to stun the animals, have been descending on the National Park to meet a rising demand for venison.

The National Wildlife Crime Unit tells the paper the influx of organised gangs is transforming poaching from a cottage criminal activity into an operation on an industrial scale.

Two-hour taxi test

The Sunday Times reports that minicab drivers in London are being asked to write short essays about river pollution or answer questions about the aurora borealis, to prove they have an adequate grasp of the English language.

Transport for London has defended the plans to make drivers, who don’t have British qualifications such as GCSEs, sit the two-hour exam.

But a Turkish-born driver who failed the test this year questions the usefulness of the exam.

“I can write, I can read, but the test was asking me about Mars,” he tells the paper. “I’m a private hire driver, not a scientist.”

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