Newspaper headlines: 'Cash for Brexit' sting and Labour hit lit


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The Mail on Sunday reports claims by Channel 4’s Dispatches programme that three former cabinet ministers were secretly filmed discussing the possibility of being paid for telling Chinese tycoons how to make money out of Brexit. Former chief whip Andrew Mitchell has strenuously denied any wrongdoing, saying he was the victim of “attempted entrapment” and is “totally innocent”, and that it is not against parliamentary rules for an MP to have a second job. Former Hertfordshire MP Peter Lilley also said “it was a tawdry attempt at entrapment”. Lord Lansley, who is undergoing cancer treatment, has pre-emptively referred himself to the parliamentary anti-sleaze watchdog, but expects to be cleared.

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About 50 Labour MPs are on a “deselection hit list” drawn up by Jeremy Corbyn supporters, the Sunday Times reports. The paper says centrist MPs have been warned that they could be replaced with more left-leaning candidates. It comes after the election of three Corbyn supporters to Labour’s National Executive Committee, including the founder of the leader’s core support group Momentum.

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The government will act urgently to stamp out executives who “line their own pockets” while failing to protect their workers’ pension schemes, Theresa May writes in the Observer. Her piece comes after the collapse of construction company Carillion, which has a deficit of up to £900m in its pension scheme.

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Donald Trump should be welcomed to Britain because the UK’s ties with the US is Britain’s “single most extraordinary economic relationship”, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson writes in the Sunday Telegraph. Mr Johnson’s piece comes as he is due to meet US secretary of state Rex Tillerson in London on Sunday.

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About 100 MPs will demand the government ends free movement and takes Britain out of the EU in 2019, the Sunday Express reports. The group is led by Conservative MP and vocal Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, who said the prime minister must stick to her “red lines” and hold back payments to the EU until a free trade deal is done.

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The Star on Sunday says that reality show Big Brother will be “consigned to the TV dustbin” after 18 years on the air. On its front page, the paper says bosses are “fed-up with plummeting ratings” and are ready to cancel the show later this year. The celebrity version of the show is currently being broadcast on Channel 5.

Allies of Jeremy Corbyn are plotting to oust up to 50 moderate Labour MPs, according to the lead story in the Sunday Times.

It says they want to see more left leaning MPs take their place. The left-wing grass roots movement Momentum tells the paper it is not campaigning for the deselection of any sitting members of parliament.

The paper uses its editorial to say the problems Theresa May is facing means Labour has the chance to “dominate the public debate as never before”, but instead it is “turning in on itself”.

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Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell tells the Sunday Mirror about Labour’s intentions to set out an emergency budget for the NHS, if they were in government.

Mr McDonnell says he would immediately provide an extra £5.1bn for the health service by raising the top-rate of tax.

The Mirror reports there’s an expectation the present government will instead “muddle through”.

That isn’t an option for people who “die in hospital corridors”, Mr McDonnell tells the paper.

Only one-in-three Britons believe Donald Trump should enjoy a state visit to the UK, a poll for the Sunday Express suggests.

“Sorry Mr President, but our poll shows that Britain doesn’t want you here”, is the paper’s headline.

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That might make uncomfortable reading for Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson who, writing in the Sunday Telegraph, makes what the paper calls his strongest defence yet of the UK’s closeness to the US.

Mr Johnson argues that opposing a trip to the UK by President Trump would damage the national interest.

The Mail on Sunday leads with what it calls the “political storm” caused by the secret filming of three former Conservative Cabinet ministers by Channel Four’s Dispatches programme.

An undercover reporter posed as a representative of Chinese millionaires, offering to pay for advice from Andrew Lansley, Andrew Mitchell, and Peter Lilley about how to make money from Brexit.

All three have denied any wrongdoing, with Mr Lilley calling it “a tawdry attempt at entrapment.”

Writing in the Mail on Sunday former chief whip Andrew Mitchell has strenuously denied any wrongdoing, saying he was the victim of “attempted entrapment” and is “totally innocent”, and that it is not against parliamentary rules for an MP to have a second job.

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The Sun on Sunday has details of what it calls “Britain’s biggest burglary”.

It reports that the James Stunt had cash, gold and jewels worth ninety million pounds stolen from his home in Belgravia, in west London.

The paper says the robbery occurred just months after Mr Stunt’s bitter divorce from the Formula One heiress, Petra Ecclestone.

Finally, the Sunday Telegraph finds that Kazakhstan’s attempts to assert their autonomy from Russia by replacing their old Cyrillic alphabet with Latin characters has “hit an unlikely snag”; the apostrophe.

The difficulties of rendering Kazakh words in their new form mean that, of the 32 letters in the new alphabet, nine have an apostrophe. It has sparked rare dissent in the authoritarian country.



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