Today’s news summary – Paper Talk: ‘No guarantee Rwanda flights will take off before next election’
Friday’s front pages have several stories dominating, with former Home Secretary Suella Braverman still making the front splashes.
Braverman was sacked earlier in the week but it has not stopped her from sharing her thoughts on the government’s Rwanda plans.
Braverman’s Rwanda plans
The Daily Telegraph leads on Suella Braverman’s proposals to get flights carrying asylum seekers to Rwanda “off the ground”. Braverman wrote in the paper, setting out a five-point plan she believes can get the policy back on track, including recalling Parliament over Christmas.
The Daily Mail’s front page features an image of two dinghies in the Channel, low in the water due to the number of people on board. The paper says the pictures are a stark display of the rationale for stopping the boats.
The Times says the government is facing a “storm of criticism” after it admitted there is “no guarantee” the Rwanda flights will take off before the next general election.
Esther McVey – the new minister for common sense – defends the PM in the Daily Express, saying he was “straight out of the blocks” after the ruling from the UK’s highest court.
But the Daily Mirror asks why ministers won’t give up what it calls a “batty” plan.
The Financial Times says Jeremy Hunt is considering cutting inheritance and business taxes in next week’s Autumn Statement. Sources tell the paper the new forecasts have given Hunt the chance to do something big amid pressure from some Tory backbenchers to deliver tax cuts.
The Guardian reports on the “hostile” and “toxic” culture in the MoD – a letter sent by 60 senior women at the department, They say they have been sexually assaulted, harassed and abused by male colleagues.
Benefits cut back
Several papers cover the government’s plans to take what it calls a “whole state” approach to try to get people who are claiming benefits back to work.