Newspaper headlines: Field quits ‘nasty’ Labour and Grenfell fraud

Newspaper headlines: Field quits ‘nasty’ Labour and Grenfell fraud


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Friday’s papers are dominated by the story that veteran Labour MP Frank Field has resigned the party whip over the ongoing anti-Semitism row. The Metro reports that the former minister has branded his party “nasty” and “racist”, and accused its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, of encouraging prejudice against Jews.

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The Daily Telegraph’s headline is a quote from the Birkenhead MP, saying: “Corbyn’s Labour has become a force for anti-Semitism.” Mr Field says his party’s leader has done “nothing substantive” to address this issue, and claimed there was “a culture of intolerance, nastiness and intimidation” among grassroots activists, the paper reports.

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The Times says Mr Field resigned in a “cry of desperation”. He told the paper that “the final straw” was earlier this week when Jonathan Sacks compared Mr Corbyn’s comments on British Zionists to the “Rivers of Blood” speech by Enoch Powell. Mr Field said: “I thought when the chief rabbi made his intervention that we have just got to stop telling the Jewish community they shouldn’t feel like this about us when they do. They are on the receiving end for God’s sake.”

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The i has the headline, “Labour must wake up”, for its report on Mr Field’s resignation. The paper carries a warning from the party’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, that more MPs could quit over the anti-Semitism row. But it also says loyalists to Mr Corbyn are claiming Brexit-supporting MP Mr Field “jumped before he was pushed”.

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The Daily Mirror leads with the story of a finance manager from Kensington and Chelsea Council who admitted defrauding £62,000 from the Grenfell Tower victim fund. The paper says that Jenny McDonagh, 39, “lavished it on herself”. It quotes one survivor from the blaze calling the crime “despicable”.

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Dozens more cases are being looked into on a maternity unit already already under investigation for its care, according to the Daily Mail. The paper says at least 63 babies and mothers are feared to have died or suffered devastating injuries at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

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The collapse of payday loan giant Wonga makes the splash for the Guardian. The company announced on Thursday that it was going into administration after a huge wave of compensation claims against it. The paper says the collapse leaves 200,000 customers still owing more than £400m in short-term loans, but they are advised to keep making payments as administrators could sell Wonga’s loan book to another firm.

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The Daily Star’s front page focuses on who it describes as “Britain’s sickest troll” – Paul Hinds. The paper reports on the case of Hinds, who has admitted posting offensive material about a woman who was crushed to death outside a Durham nightclub. It says the 38-year-old “wept crocodile tears” outside court and “begged for punishment”.

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Home Secretary Sajid Javid has made a pledge to the Daily Express that Brexit “will give us back our borders”. The front page of the paper leads with his comments, including: “After we leave the EU, we will end free movement and put in place an immigration system which works in the best interests of the UK.”

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The government of Argentina has raised interest rates to 60% in an attempt to stop the “plunge in the peso”, according to the Financial Times. The paper says it was a 15% increase in one day that “threatened the credibility of [the] three-year-old reformist government”.

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The Sun tells the story of a man who broke into a funeral parlour that was going bust in order to take his mother-in-law’s body to another undertaker. The paper says he feared not getting her back in time for a planned service in Rochester, Kent. But he has still not told his wife about the incident.

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