Newspaper headlines: Voters ‘back Boris’ over burka comments

Newspaper headlines: Voters ‘back Boris’ over burka comments


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The latest in the row over Boris Johnson’s burka comments leads the Sunday Times, which reports that he has the support of four Cabinet ministers. Steve Bannon – Donald Trump’s former chief stategist – has told Mr Johnson not to “bow at the altar of political correctness” and apologise. It comes amid claims more backbenchers are planning to call for a vote of no confidence in Theresa May, the paper adds.

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The Sunday Telegraph also carries a photo of Boris Johnson returning from his holiday and reports the PM is facing a “backlash” from Tory members over the probe into his comments. Mr Johnson’s father, Stanley, has written in the paper defending his son and saying he should have called for a full burka ban. The paper’s main story is on the US ambassador who has said the UK should side with Donald Trump, not the EU, over the Iran nuclear deal.

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The Boris Johnson row also makes the splash for the Sunday Express. According to the newspaper’s own poll, the majority of Britons do not believe the former foreign secretary should be punished. The ComRes poll found 60% of people believe free speech is “under threat”.

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For the Observer, new analysis of two YouGov polls on Brexit is the top story. According to one analytics company, which looked at two polls in July as well as census data, public opinion towards Brexit appears to be changing and the shift is “starkest” in the north of England and Wales. The study was jointly commissioned by anti-Brexit group Best for Britain and anti-racist Hope Not Hate.

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The Sunday Mirror leads with the story of 10-year-old Kyon who, the paper reports, could die if he is unable to lose weight. The schoolboy, who is 17 stone, has said: “I just want help”. His mother says Kyon is on a two-year waiting list for surgery, but wants the NHS to fund him to go to a weight loss camp.

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The front page picture for the Sunday People is of terminally ill teenager Abi Longfellow who has undergone a kidney transplant following a campaign by the paper to find a donor. Meanwhile, the top story is about former police officer Stephen Mitchell who was given two life sentences in prison in 2011 for rape but has now been released.

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Meanwhile, the ashes of TV presenter Bruce Forsyth, who died nearly a year ago, will be placed underneath the stage at the London Palladium theatre, the Star on Sunday reports. The performer’s big break was age 30, when he was chosen to host Sunday Night at the London Palladium on ITV.

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