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Newspaper headlines: Tory ‘meltdown’ and knife crime rethink

Newspaper headlines: Tory ‘meltdown’ and knife crime rethink


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Cabinet minister Chris Grayling has called on the Tories to appoint a Eurosceptic to lead the party in the next phase of the Brexit negotiations. The paper also carries a column by former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who labels himself as a “one nation” Tory in what the paper calls “his pitch for leader”.

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The Times says Mr Grayling and fellow cabinet minister Penny Mordaunt are prepared to quit the government if the prime minister chooses to back a customs union with the EU. MPs will vote on a series of Brexit options – including a customs union – in a second round of indicative votes on Monday.

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Tory division is described as “internecine warfare” by the Financial Times. It says Theresa May is “struggling to hold the party together” over Brexit. The paper quotes one senior government figure as saying: “Trust has broken down entirely”.

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For the Guardian it is more a case of “meltdown” for the government. It says Tory clashes over a softer Brexit could see the prime minister face more resignations by ministers during Monday’s cabinet meeting.

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The i also focuses on a rift within the Conservatives, declaring the party is at “breaking point”, with both Leave and Remain-backing MPs threatening to quit.

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The front of the Metro focuses on knife attacks which left four injured in Edmonton, north London, over the weekend. Investigators say the “random” attacks are believed to have been carried out by one person. Two men have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

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The Daily Mail follows up on those knife attacks, reporting that Mrs May and Home Secretary Sajid Javid are to call for knife crime to be “treated like an infectious disease”. Casualty workers will be obliged to flag up knife wounds while teachers will also be obliged to report “danger signs” such as truancy, it adds.

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“Snow storms to batter Britain” warns the Daily Star’s front page. The clocks might have gone forward, bringing longer daylight, but the paper says a “700-mile wide polar fume” is to bring freezing temperatures.

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A study carried out by Diabetes UK makes the front of the Daily Express. The number of cases of Type 2 diabetes are growing at “frightening speed”, according to the charity. The paper reports the NHS has put “tens of thousands more on a diet” in a bid to halt the spread of the disease.

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Remain-backing ministers are accused of “betraying” the prime minister in The Sun. Meanwhile, the paper also pictures Love Island star Caroline Flack with rugby star Danny Cipriani, claiming the pair “shared a romantic getaway” in Somerset.

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