Newspaper headlines: Conservation charity and countryside campaigners clash – BBC News

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The Daily Telegraph reports that the National Trust is embroiled in a row with countryside campaigners over its decision to publish details of hunts in the run-up to a vote to ban the sport on its land. The trust insisted it was not “in the pocket” of anti-hunt activists and “deplored” intimidation and abuse.

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The Times interviews Labour MP Sarah Champion who quit the party’s front bench after criticism over a newspaper article she wrote about grooming gangs. The paper says she believes the “floppy left” was failing vulnerable children because it would not confront the race factor in sex crimes involving street-grooming.

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The i focuses on petrol price rises, saying that unleaded is set to increase by 5p per litre, making it more expensive than diesel, and prices at UK pumps are likely to hit a four-year high after Hurricane Harvey shut down US refineries.

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The Guardian says the grammar school revealed to be systematically pushing pupils out half-way through sixth form has dramatically backed down and said all affected pupils will be able to rejoin the school next week without conditions. St Olave’s in Orpington, south-east London, told pupils who had not achieved top marks to leave in the middle of courses.

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The FT Weekend says thousands of Northern Rock shareholders wiped out when the bank was nationalised a decade ago are renewing their campaign for compensation, arguing the state is set to make billions of pounds in profit from the bailout.

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A Daily Mail investigation claims that binmen are filing reports on millions of families for rubbish and recycling “offences”. “Town hall chiefs have ordered them to rifle through domestic garbage and record where recycling is ‘contaminated’ with food or other waste,” says the Mail.

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The Daily Express says scientists at the University of Hertfordshire have discovered that a cream rubbed into the skin could help millions of people suffering from high blood pressure by boosting the level of magnesium in the blood.

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The Daily Mirror says former England football captain Wayne Rooney was caught drink-driving at 2am after offering to help a woman get home.

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The Sun speaks to the woman who claims to have been with Rooney at the time.

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.

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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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