Sunday Papers: India and China ‘thwart’ COP26 deal
Sunday’s front pages lead with the last-minute deal reached in Glasgow at COP26. Sharing the front pages is the PM’s pledge of £50m to British scientists to find a cure for motor neurone disease.
The climate summit is not front-page news for most of the tabloids, with the ongoing sleaze scandal featuring on the front page of the Sunday Mirror. The Mail on Sunday reports on comments made by the UK border boss on the current migrant situation. More insight into the prime minister’s former lover Jennifer Arcuri, as the Observer published previously unpublished diary extracts that alleged the PM overruled the advice of staff to promote the business interests of Jennifer Arcuri.
The Mail On Sunday
The outgoing head of the UK Border Force has triggered a political row following his description of borders amid growing anger over the migrant crisis, reports The Mail On Sunday. He described the “bloody borders” as “just such a pain in the bloody a***”. Paul Lincoln allegedly made the remarks during a speech to mark his departure.
climMore than 23,500 people have crossed the Channel so far this year, the paper notes.
World leaders have been accused of failing to live up to the scale of the threat from climate change following an agreement at COP26, reports The Independent.
The paper’s headlines report “Sharma apologises for watered-down coal deal”. Adding, in a rare show of emotion, Mr Sharma struggled to hold back tears as he acknowledged the furious reaction of Europe and low-lying island states, saying he was “deeply sorry” for the revision, but insisted: “It is vital we protect the package.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged £50 million to find a cure for motor neurone disease, writes the Sunday Express. Mr Johnson has reportedly said he will “throw the full weight of government” behind a new mission to find a cure, spearheaded by British scientists, according to the paper.
The Observer reports previously unpublished diary extracts by Jennifer Arcuri, which include details of how Boris Johnson allegedly overruled the advice of staff to promote the business interests of his former lover. A government spokesperson told the paper that Mr Johnson “followed all the legal requirements in the Greater London Assembly’s [sic] code of conduct at the time”.
The paper also reports that pledges on emissions cuts at the summit fell short of those needed to limit temperatures to 1.5C, according to scientific experts. Countries have agreed to return to talks next year.
Conservative MP, Richard Fuller, was paid £300,000 by a firm linked to spy technology in China, according to the Sunday Mirror.
The paper alleges on its front page that Fuller has received more than £700,000 from work outside his parliamentary role, with a large chunk allegedly coming from a firm which the paper reports invests in spy technology in China.
The Mirror carries a quote from Labour which has said the so-called sleaze scandal “gets worse by the day”.
The Sunday Times
The Sunday Times leads with a story about the deal struck between world leaders at the end of COP26, reporting Alok Sharma was reduced to tears as he apologised to delegates for the way a late change was made.
The paper says India and China thwarted a United Nations deal to end the use of coal power. The paper’s lead image is of an emotional Alok Sharma, president of COP26, who apologised to delegates on Saturday for the way the late change was made. Rather than a pledge to accelerate the “phase-out” of coal power, the term was watered down to “phase-down”. This, the paper notes, lessens the urgency with which nations should aim to reduce the use of coal.
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