The Papers: Soap star knife row and new foreign student rules

Newspaper headlines: Soap star knife row and new foreign student rules

THE I PAPER 11 September 2019

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Boris Johnson is to tear up "tough" rules which stopped foreign students who come to Britain to study from working after they graduate. The move overturns a policy devised by his predecessor Theresa May, the i reports. Universities have welcomed the plan, the paper adds.

Daily Telegraph 11 September 2019

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The prime minister wants an "all-Ireland" zone for checks on goods crossing between Northern Ireland and the Republic as part of a new Brexit deal, the Daily Telegraph reports. Mr Johnson has reportedly offered a "Stormont lock" which the paper says would "ensure Northern Ireland would be able to veto any future changes to the arrangement". The move could remove the backstop and satisfy the DUP, it adds.


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A striking image on the front of the Times shows the Archbishop of Canterbury prostrating himself before a memorial to more than 400 Indian civilians killed in Amritsar by the British army in 1919. The paper also reports how two British-Australian women have been arrested and detained in Iran. The Times says the pair have been held in the same prison as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the jailed British-Iranian mother.

Financial Times 11 September 2019

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US President Donald Trump's decision to fire his national security advisor, John Bolton, leads the FT. "It is unlikely the departure will lead to a softening of Mr Trump's policy of 'maximum pressure' on Iran," the paper notes. Closer to home, the FT reports that BMW's Mini workers in Oxford face weeks of forced unpaid leave if Britain leaves the EU without a deal next month.

GUARDIAN 11 September 2019

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Retailers including Tesco and Sainsbury's have joined shopworkers' union Usdaw in demanding ministers act to help save High Street stores, the Guardian reports. There was a net decline of 1,234 chain stores in the first half of 2019 – a record high, the paper says.

DAILY MAIL 11 September 2019

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Labour's plans to boost the powers of trade unions are given short shrift by the Daily Mail. "Corbyn plot to drag UK back to the 70s," the paper says, as it contrasts his pledges on workers' rights with figures which show unemployment has hit its lowest level for 45 years.


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An Emmerdale star allegedly threatened to kill his Hollyoaks rival after the TV Choice awards in London, the Daily Mirror reports. With a striking image of the incident on its front page, the Mirror says Asan N'Jie told Jamie Lomas he was going to "knife" him. ITV, which produces Emmerdale, told the Mirror it is investigating. Hollyoaks has declined to comment.


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The Daily Star leads with the same story after the altercation backstage at the TV Choice awards.

DAILY EXPRESS 11 September 2019

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An investigation into so-called "grudge evictions" from care homes for the elderly leads the Daily Express. The paper says thousands have been thrown out "in revenge" after complaints from families about their loved one's treatment.

THE SUN 11 September 2019

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The Sun reports that fire brigade chiefs in Lincolnshire have axed Fireman Sam from promotional materials – for being a man. The paper claims the children's character "puts off women from joining up".

Metro 11 September 2019

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Newly-knighted Sir Geoffrey Boycott faces calls for his gong to be revoked after he said he "couldn't give a toss, love" over concerns raised by domestic abuse charities about his honour, the Metro reports. The former Test starter, 78, was convicted in 1998 after assaulting his then girlfriend, a charge he has always denied.

The i paper leads with news that restrictions on foreign students preventing them from staying in the UK to work following their graduation are to be relaxed.

The policy "marks a significant departure from the immigration clampdown enforced by Theresa May when she was home secretary and PM," the paper says.

Brexit solution?

The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, asks on its front page whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson could solve the Brexit deadlock with a plan for a regulatory rather than a customs border in the Irish Sea.

The paper suggests the DUP has been receptive to the idea. Expectations are rising in Brussels, according to the Financial Times, that Boris Johnson is preparing to shift his position on a Northern Ireland-only backstop.

But the Guardian reports that the newly appointed EU trade commissioner, Phil Hogan, said that while the proposal of an "all-Ireland" customs zone offered some hope, it was "some distance from a Brexit solution".

The Times suggests a breakthrough is "just about plausible but very far from likely".

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According to the Sun, Boris Johnson also faces questions of faith from the Eurosceptics within his party.

Mr Johnson is said to have told Tory rebels that he is ready for what he calls "spears in my back" from hard-line members of the pro-Brexit European Research Group if he softens his stance on the Irish backstop.


Several papers report that in the past decade 19 untreatable so-called superbugs have been identified in the UK.

The Sun labels it "Germageddon", beneath a warning by the chief medical officer for England Prof Dame Sally Davies that the drug-resistant bacteria could kill 10 million people a year unless action is taken.

The head of Public Health England, Professor Sharon Peacock, tells the Guardian that bacteria are locked in an evolution race with antibiotics. The Times says that doctors are saving infected patients' lives by using unlicensed drugs, experimental combinations of existing drugs or extra high doses.

And a new bacterial strain of scarlet fever is causing cases of the illness to be at their highest level for more than 50 years, according to the Daily Mirror. The increase is being blamed on a mutated form of streptococcus.

'Grudge evictions'

The Daily Express leads on its front page with a report that some care homes are being accused of evicting elderly patients after their families complained about their treatment.

It has obtained figures which suggest more than 2,000 people were forced out of their accommodation in so-called "grudge evictions" last year.

The Care Quality Commission told the Express that is aware of the problem, which it called "unacceptable."

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Star report that ITV is investigating after an actor who stars in its long-running soap Emmerdale allegedly threatened a star of rival show Hollyoaks backstage at this week's TV Choice awards.

And finally

Among the things that Monty Python suggests we can thank the Romans for, it seems one may be about to struck off: the Baths.

According to the Times archaeologists in Hampshire have discovered brickwork at Silchester that suggests Iron Age man may have enjoyed a good soak in the tub well before the invasion of AD43.

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