Labour’s ‘Hunger Games’ and Olympic glory – BBC News

Sunday Telegraph front page

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The Sunday Telegraph says International Trade Secretary Liam Fox and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson are in a “bitter feud” over who controls key parts of Britain’s foreign policy. The paper says it has seen a leaked letter from Mr Fox to Mr Johnson demanding the Foreign Office be broken up or trade deals will suffer.

Sunday Times front page

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The Sunday Times says Britain could remain in the European Union until the end of 2019, almost a year later than predicted. Citing City of London sources, the paper says the PM may be forced to delay because her Brexit and international trade departments are not ready.

Mail on Sunday front page

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The Mail on Sunday says the Metropolitan Police are to set up a unit to investigate offensive comments made on the internet. The paper says the “thought police,” as they have been dubbed, will seek out anything they deem inappropriate on social media and attempt to track down the culprits.

Sunday Mirror front page

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The Sunday Mirror reports that a 13-year-old boy has become addicted to the impotence drug Viagra.

Sunday Express front page

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The Sunday Express claims the Queen’s granddaughter Princess Eugenie is to marry her boyfriend Jack Brooksbank. The paper says the 26-year-old “plans to get engaged by the end of the year” and marry in 2017.

Observer front page

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The Observer leads on an interview with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn hitting out at his deputy Tom Watson. It comes after Mr Watson claimed that “Trotskyite entryists” were manipulating young party members to boost Mr Corbyn’s chances in the upcoming leadership election.

Continued in-fighting in the Labour Party, Brexit delays and golden glory in Olympic cycling, rowing and athletics make Sunday’s front pages.

Those who maintain that Labour is in the grip of what the Sunday Times calls a “bloody civil war” will find plenty of evidence in the newspapers’ coverage.

The Times reports that the tumultuous race for the leadership has been “described by one Downing Street veteran as ‘the Labour Olympics or Hunger Games’ that could decide the party’s future, but may not leave many of its leaders standing”.

Writing in the Sunday Mirror, Lord Prescott, a former deputy Labour leader, predicts that “Corbyn will win this leadership election, as every MP knows”, and he criticises some of the ideas put forward by deputy leader Tom Watson that the party is being infiltrated by hard-left activists looking to sway the vote.

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The next step for the Labour leadership contenders?

The Times suggests that an attempt could soon be made to oust Mr Watson – though it quotes a party insider as saying “you’d want to make bloody sure you didn’t miss”.

Mr Corbyn sets out his views over three pages of the Observer, saying: “I just wish that members of the Parliamentary Labour Party, including Tom, would recognise that we have a very strong and very large party membership who joined for a reason. They want a different kind of society and a different kind of Britain.”

Meanwhile, a former aide to Tony Blair, Philip Collins says in the Sun on Sunday that “in a rabbit-hole is just about the only printable description of where Labour finds itself now”.


Eye-catching headlines:

  • Daylight shrubbery! – Green-fingered thieves have been stealing plants from Hyde Park and Kensington Palace Gardens, according to the Mail on Sunday. Specimens worth hundreds of pounds have vanished from borders and displays forcing parks staff to wire shrubs down to prevent further losses
  • What sorcery is this? – Tickets for the hit West End Harry Potter play are on sale for more than £8,300 on a ticket reselling site, the Observer reports. The show’s producers have called it a “scourge” on fans desperate to watch a performance
  • Mr Liddiard, I presume… – Hundreds of people from around the world with the surname Liddiard gathered in a Wiltshire village for an extended family get-together, says the Sunday Telegraph. They travelled to Aldbourne from the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia after parish records showed that from 1625 to 1925 more than 900 Liddiards had lived there

Brexit bust-up

The Sunday Times suggests Britain could remain in the EU until late 2019, almost a year later than predicted. Ministers are said to have privately warned that neither the new Brexit nor international trade departments will be ready to start negotiations.

“You can’t negotiate when you don’t know who you’re negotiating with,” a City insider apparently tells the paper.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph focuses on what it calls a “bitter Whitehall feud” over who controls key parts of Britain’s foreign policy. The paper says it has seen a letter from International Trade Secretary Liam Fox to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, in which he demands that the Foreign Office be broken up.

And it’s not the only Brexit relationship break-up the paper reports on.

Relationship counselling service Relate has issued guidance to couples still rowing over whether Britain should leave or remain, it reports.

The guidelines say warring spouses should put a strict guideline on their discussions “to avoid getting to the point of no return” and “separate out what belongs to this issue and what comes from the past”. Finally, it adds, “sometimes it can be better to simply to agree to disagree” – politicians take note.


Super Saturday

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Golden moments from the Rio Olympics continue to dominate the papers’ front pages with plenty more commentary inside too.

But even with all the benefits of new technology, the time difference means editors can do little more than update their front page photographs in response to the later results from Rio.

Mo Farah’s victory in the 10,000 metres – which came at 03:00 BST – is marked with pictures of the athlete. “Mighty Mo” the Mail on Sunday calls him, while the Sunday Mirror declares his win “Mo-mentous”.

Victory for the men’s eight in rowing and a silver for their female counterparts is described as “oarsome!” in the Mail on Sunday, with the paper declaring “Britain does rule the waves.”

GB track cycling success in the women’s team pursuit leads the Sun on Sunday to crown Laura Trott “the undisputed golden girl of British sport”.

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Britain’s Katie Archibald, Joanna Rowsell-Shand, Elinor Barker and Laura Trott celebrate after winning gold in the women’s team pursuit final

“No woman has ever claimed three Olympic titles for Team GB,” the paper says. “But Britain has never had a female cyclist, or arguably a female athlete, quite as good as Trott,” it adds.

And after his “Olympic swansong” and fifth gold medal, Sir Bradley Wiggins tells the Telegraph he wants to get home and back on his bike, while the Sunday People says he plans to focus on his family now.

It quotes him as saying: “I wanted it to end like this – not some crappy little race in the rain in northern France. It’s nice that it’s over and it’s a relief more than anything.”

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