Newspaper headlines: 'Former Labour leader Foot was KGB agent'


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British intelligence services believed former Labour leader Michael Foot had been a KGB informant at the height of the Cold War, the Times reports. A book by Times columnist Ben Macintyre, which is being serialised in the paper, claims Soviet defector Oleg Gordievsky told MI6 that Mr Foot had received clandestine payments from the KGB, which classed him as an agent. Mr Foot successfully sued the Times in the 90s after it published similar claims.

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One of the Labour Party’s most senior politicians has said the opposition could vote against Theresa May’s Brexit deal, the FT Weekend reports. Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry told the paper that a workable deal was “not going to happen” under the prime minister, and added a general election would be needed within months.

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Singer Lily Allen says she was sexually assaulted by a music executive as she slept, the Guardian reports. The singer says abuse is “rife” in the record business. The paper also features news that the Archbishop of Canterbury is set to lead a not-for-profit rescue effort for the £400m Wonga loan book after its collapse, in an effort to protect some 200,000 borrowers.

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A government advisor has said parents must turn off their phones and other social media devices at night to set an example for their children, the Daily Telegraph reports. Ian Bauckham said parents must start “modelling good behaviour” for children to follow. It comes as lessons in relationship and sex education become mandatory for children as young as four by September 2020.

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The Duchess of Cambridge is set to launch a campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour, mental health issues and addiction amongst children, the Daily Mail reports. The paper says the duchess believes that with the right support, disadvantaged youngsters can reach their potential.

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The i weekend reports a new blood test to identify people at high risk of heart disease and strokes could save hundreds of thousands of lives. The paper adds that in a new study, scientists have identified antibodies that significantly reduce the threat of heart disease.

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A man who won a “punching above your weight” competition has said he is the luckiest man in the world after winning £1m on a scratch card. Darren Donaghey, 33, who is pictured on the front of the paper with his “beautiful wife” Kate, 28, said: “I must just be one of those lucky fellas.”

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The Daily Star reports that a senior police officer in the Metropolitan Police is facing an internal investigation for gross misconduct, after using the phrase “whiter than white”. It is alleged he has been accused of using racist language. The Collins Dictionary says the phrase means “extremely clean” or “very pure, honest, and moral”.

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The Sun leads on a picture of Strictly contestant and Blue singer Lee Ryan holding hands with his dance partner Nadiya Bychkova.

The Times reports on claims that MI6 believed former Labour leader Michael Foot was a paid informant of the Soviet Union. In a new book by columnist Ben Macintyre, he says the intelligence service was prepared to warn the Queen about his background when he stood to be prime minister.

The paper says the book corroborates allegations made by a former Soviet defector who said Mr Foot had received a series of “clandestine payments” from the KGB. The revelations come 23 years after the former Labour leader called such claims a “big lie” and successfully sued the paper.

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Kirstie Allsopp’s children have a smashing time on their iPads

Television presenter Kirstie Allsopp defends her decision to smash her children’s iPads in the Daily Mail. She describes her shock at the “deluge” of vicious abuse she received on social media, when her actions were made public. But she says ridding her family of the games which had “hooked” her sons, has proved “a joy for everyone”, with the boys reading more, creating more and playing more.

Since going public, she says other parents have shared their stories of solidarity, with some describing laptops and iPads being thrown out of windows, under cars and into canals.

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This Christmas the world-famous department store Harrods will be invoking a bit of Ebenezer Scrooge, according to the Daily Telegraph. The paper visits to Santa’s grotto will be by invitation only, and only accessible to rewards customers.

After a backlash from parents, Harrods commented that admissions would be “extremely limited” with “a range of factors” used to determine who was invited.

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The Guardian reports that the Archbishop of Canterbury is set to lead a not-for-profit rescue bid for the collapsed payday lender Wonga. The paper says Justin Welby will hold a meeting at Lambeth Palace next week to explore the idea of obtaining the loans, which have interest rates of around 1,500% a year. He wants to help protect some of the 200,000 borrowers who may otherwise be forced by a commercial lender to repay their debts at a high rate.

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The Times reports on what it says will be distressing news for Devon and Cornwall, both of which voted to leave EU – they are already part of France, geologically speaking at least. The paper says research from the University of Plymouth suggests Britain was formed from the collision of three land masses, rather than two, as has long been believed.

According to their analysis of rocks, what is now England crashed into France, which then pulled away, leaving part of itself behind in the form of the counties of Devon and Cornwall.



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