The Papers: ‘Child victims of Tinder’, and more Brexit plots

Newspaper headlines: 'Child victims of Tinder', and more Brexit plots

Sunday Times front page

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"Revealed: the child victims of dating apps" is the headline in the Sunday Times, which publishes an investigation into how modern technology is giving sexual predators "easy access" to children. The paper says it has uncovered more than 90 cases since 2015 where children have been abused after evading age checks on apps such as Tinder and Grindr.

Observer front page

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A story on the Observer front page also examines the plight of vulnerable young people, reporting that suicidal children are having to wait for weeks for beds in mental health units. The paper's main story says Theresa May is under pressure to sack Transport Secretary Chris Grayling over the collapsed Brexit ferry deal.

Mail on Sunday front page

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The Mail on Sunday publishes exclusive extracts of a letter the Duchess of Sussex allegedly sent to her father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. Mr Markle, who has apparently given the MoS the letter, says it left him feeling "devastated". The paper says the letter reveals the "true tragedy" of the duchess' rift with her father.

Sunday Express front page

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Grainy pictures of Commons Speaker John Bercow and leading Tory Remainer Kenneth Clarke are evidence of a "Brexit curry house plot", says the Sunday Express. The paper's lead story expresses "outrage" that head teachers are backing a strike by pupils over climate change.

Daily Telegraph front page

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The Sunday Telegraph publishes new claims about Sir Philip Green, alleging that there was a "cover-up" in the investigation into one of the £1m sexual harassment claims against him. Two witness accounts were left out of the internal report which cleared the billionaire tycoon, the paper says. Sir Philip has previously denied any wrongdoing.

Sunday Mirror front page

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Meanwhile, the Sunday Mirror focuses on the news that Prince Philip is giving up his driving licence at the age of 97. "I'll feel safer now he's off roads," is the headline, based on comments from Emma Fairweather, who was injured in his crash last month.

Sunday People front page

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The daughter of a disabled man who was murdered and robbed appears on the front of the Sunday People. Aimy Brady asks: "What kind of human kills someone over a games console?" The 23-year-old is speaking out after a couple were convicted of killing her father Eamon.

Daily Star on Sunday front page

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And Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is branded a "cheatskate" in the Daily Star on Sunday. The paper says the player was unfaithful while his partner was pregnant – but it focuses on the budget-conscious £70-a-night price of the hotel where he allegedly strayed.

The retail tycoon, Sir Philip Green, remains under the spotlight, with a second day of allegations about his treatment of some senior executives.

The Sun on Sunday predicts that more claims are in the pipeline and none of them are covered by the controversial gagging orders known as non-disclosure agreements.

Sir Philip has denied doing anything that was criminal or amounted to gross misconduct.

Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Women and Equalities Minister Penny Mordaunt says the government will launch a consultation about the use of non-disclosure agreements so that workers cannot be intimidated into silence.

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In its editorial the Telegraph welcomes her approach, saying Sir Philip's case shows the urgent need for reform of their use.

Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday devotes a total of thirteen pages to the serialisation of a new book, which the paper believes shows Jeremy Corbyn is unfit for office.

It says author Tom Bower has spent eighteen months creating an in-depth profile of the Labour leader, including what it describes as shocking details about the anti-Semitism of his supporters and what his critics say is his duplicity over Brexit.

The paper also publishes parts of a "sensational letter" which the Duchess of Sussex allegedly sent to her father, Thomas Markle.

In the extracts published by the paper, the duchess accuses her father of breaking her heart "into a million pieces" by speaking to the press.

According to the MoS, Mr Markle says he planned to keep the letter "totally private out of respect for her" but changed his mind after her friends allegedly gave an anonymous interview "attacking him" to a US magazine last week.

The Observer wonders, at a time of Brexit splits, claims of anti-Semitism and rows about Venezuela, whether Mr Corbyn can hold his increasingly divided party together.

It reports that – according to very senior figures – there is concern at the highest level about rising levels of discontent and talks of breakaways.

The Sunday Times feels that, try as he might, Mr Corbyn cannot escape the charge that the party has become a hotbed of anti-Semitism. It also thinks he is struggling because he cannot reconcile his own Euroscepticism with the views of Labour supporters – most of whom back a second referendum.

Prince Philip's driving

The Duke of Edinburgh's decision to surrender his driving licence after being involved in a crash last month is seen by the Telegraph as a marked change of heart, after he took delivery of a replacement Land Rover two days later.

The Mail on Sunday reports that he could still face criminal charges after police handed over a file about the crash to the Crown Prosecution Service.

But the Sunday Times believes the Duke's announcement means he is likely to escape being charged and prosecuted for careless driving.

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Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock tells the Sun on Sunday that he is setting up a team of NHS senior doctors and nurses to work with social media companies to oversee the removal of images of self-harm to make their sites a safe place for children.

The Sunday Times highlights concerns that the failure to enforce adult age limits on dating apps is placing a generation of children at risk of grooming and sexual exploitation.

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There is much speculation about the Brexit negotiations. The Sun on Sunday reports that Theresa May has set her sights on clinching an agreement just 72 hours before Britain is due to leave, raising the prospect of MPs having to vote for a final deal or crashing out.

The Sunday Times suggests Labour is seeking to seize control of the talks by forcing Mrs May to put her deal to a second decisive vote before the end of the month.

In an interview with the paper, Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer says Labour will try to stop a no-deal Brexit with an amendment that will compel her to hold another meaningful vote before 26 February.

The Mail on Sunday claims six cabinet ministers have met to try to find "common ground" between warring cabinet groups – with more talks planned for Monday.

Brexit ferry contract scrapped

The Observer says Theresa May is facing cross-party calls to sack the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling after the collapse of the contract to a ferry company that had no ships.

It reports that senior Tories have accused her of turning a blind eye to Mr Grayling's decision to award a deal to Seaborne Freight, despite widespread derision. The government scrapped the contract on Saturday.

For the Sunday Mirror, Mr Grayling's "legacy of failure is unprecedented in modern politics" and he should resign.

White House bid

In the United States, there are many reviews of Senator Elizabeth Warren's speech, confirming that she has entered the contest for the Democratic nomination in next year's presidential election.

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Elizabeth Warren launching her campaign to be the Democrats' 2020 candidate

The New York Times thinks she is seeking to establish herself as a champion of liberal policy, while the Boston Globe believes she's attempting to present a unifying and inclusive message, with a focus on inequality.

The Washington Post says she is positioning herself as the leader of a renewed crusade against what she calls the "corrupt" influence of large companies and powerful politicians.

Finally, the Sunday Times highlights new research which suggests that men's ears really do grow with age. Scientists have even calculated the mathematical formula describing the process.

It seems women's ears grow less noticeably – except for those who wear heavy earrings.

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