Today’s news summary – Paper Talk
Friday’s newspapers feature a mix of headlines, with several papers picking up on the latest political news from Westminster.
Labour’s small boat plans
The Guardian leads on Sir Keir Starmer’s plans to tackle illegal immigration. The paper says his plans have been criticised by both the left and right. The paper says Labour’s plan to do a deal with the EU prompted a day of bitter exchanges with the PM and home secretary. But there was also some criticism from Labour MPs, who accused Sir Kier of appealing to anti-migrant sentiments.
The Daily Express quotes Suella Braverman on its front page, with the home secretary calling Labour’s plans a “dirty deal.” Braverman said the proposal from the Labour Party risked surrendering Brexit freedoms and would “hand Brussels the key to the UK’s immigration system.”
The Daily Mirror leads on HS2. The paper says the government’s refusal on Thursday to rule out axing the Manchester leg of HS2 is “the final betrayal.” It says the chaotic rail project was now mired in fresh turmoil.
The Sun says the case against a man suspected of killing Madeleine McCann is beginning to “fall apart”. A former friend of Christian Bruechner is said to be on the verge of withdrawing help. The paper says the witness had been given police a damning statement against the man they believe is behind Maddie’s disappearance in 2007.
The Times interviewed the UK’s top emergency doctor saying hospitals are “making people sicker” because of long delays in A&E. He said it was “very sad” that patients aged over 80 spent an average of 15 hours waiting for a hospital bed.
The Department of Health and Social Care says it’s creating 5,000 extra beds.
The Times, the Guardian and the Daily Express all carry the results of a study led by the King’s College London, which suggests British parents no longer think children should be taught to do as they are told.
The Guardian says it represents a culture shift, quoting the study’s lead author, Prof Bobby Duffy, the results show the shift towards self-expression and allowing people to be themselves.
The Times says the shift around children being taught ‘obedience’ fell to 12% from 42% in 1990. The paper suggests independence, hard work and imagination were valued higher.