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The National Trust is “embroiled in a row with countryside campaigners”, according to the lead in the Daily Telegraph.

The conservation charity has been accused of “effectively painting targets” on people who hunt after it decided to publish details of the times and locations of legal hunts on its land.

Hunt supporters say such information could be used by saboteurs, increasing the risk of violent disruption.

The trust is due to vote at its AGM next month on whether to ban the sport on its land in a motion tabled by the League Against Cruel Sports.

It tells the paper it had lost confidence everything possible was being done to ensure the law on hunting was being upheld.

The Sun accuses Labour of “betrayal” over Brexit.

“Labour is now the anti-Brexit party”, it says, after deputy leader Tom Watson said the UK could remain a permanent part of the single market and customs union.

The Daily Express agrees, saying any effort to keep Britain within the bloc following Brexit would be “shamefully undemocratic”.

The Daily Mail accuses Labour of a “risible volte-face” – for soft Brexit read no Brexit at all, it says.

The Financial Times says a ruling by Kenya’s Supreme Court to nullify the presidential election will go some way to restoring faith in the country’s democracy.

Alex Vines, head of the Africa programme at the Chatham House think tank, tells the Guardian it is good news for Kenya but says there is no precedent for such a judgement anywhere on the continent.

The Times says the decision will be especially keenly felt in other Commonwealth countries – such as South Africa, Uganda and Rwanda – where democracy is under threat.

But it will be a slap in the face for international observers, led by former US Secretary of State John Kerry, who declared that the last election had been largely fair.

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The Telegraph has learned that the Metropolitan Police has paid £100,000 in compensation to Lord Bramall and Lady Brittan after raiding their homes during child sex abuse investigation Operation Midland.

The paper says lawyers for Scotland Yard agreed the settlements, which include gagging clauses, after accepting that the searches had been unjustified and should never have taken place.

John Lewis has become the first major retailer to ditch “boys” and “girls” labels from its clothing range, the Mail reports.

The department store, which is introducing non gender-specific clothes for children, has also ditched boys and girls signs in stores.

It says it does not want to reinforce stereotypes.

The paper points out that the move has been welcomed by some parents on social media but Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen said the signs were informative, and removing them could be very confusing.

“It appears political correctness continues to march”, he said.

The grass is always greener in Stuart Grindle’s garden.

The Express reports the 74-year-old from Doncaster has taken the title of Britain’s Best Lawn.

The Daily Mirror points out that the lawn has taken work – Mr Grindle cuts it four days a week, two or three times a day, and would not let his son play football or cricket on the grass when he was a child.

He tells the Times he might sound a bit of a geek but “it’s the be all and end all”.

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