The Papers: Tory ‘rebellion’ and lockdown ‘blow’ to health

By BBC News



The Sun welcomes the news – reported in most of the papers – that drivers who kill by speeding, racing or using a mobile phone

could soon face life sentences.

The paper praises the government for proposing tougher penalties and says it makes “complete sense” to keep reckless drivers off the road for good.

But the Guardian quotes the Howard League for Penal Reform as saying that the government is abandoning the principle of redemption for the sake of a few newspaper headlines and that there is no evidence that a single victim will be saved.

It says hospital admissions for seven serious conditions including cancer and strokes were down by more than 173,000 between March and June compared with the year before.

The paper tells the stories of cancer patients whose treatment has been delayed, including a young mother who died.

It says “the all-consuming focus on the pandemic” means that some patients have been “consigned to an early grave”.

Meanwhile, the Daily Express reports that the charity Cancer Research UK could by forced to sack 1,500 scientists because of the impact on fundraising of the coronavirus crisis.

The Metro tells of a 19-year-old Nottingham University student, Stuart Hawk, who has been fined £10,000 for breaking Covid rules after 50 people turned up for a party at his digs.

He and his housemates insist they invited only 25 guests – five fewer than the legal limit at the time.

The Times says the parents of another teenager, fined for holding a party for up to 100 people in Devizes in Wiltshire, have complained to the police watchdog.

They say that if the penalty is not waived they are prepared to take the case “to the highest court in the land” to establish “whether someone can be fined for having gatecrashers”.

The Times leads on the criticism by the Conservative MP, Geoffrey Cox, of legislation that could override the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

In its leader column, The Times says many fear that by lobbing a “hand grenade” into trade negotiations with the EU the government has made a deal far less likely.

The Daily Mirror says Mr Johnson is “playing a dangerous game”, haemorrhaging credibility and jeopardising peace in Northern Ireland.

A 63-year-old amateur photographer from Redditch who calls himself the “dullest man in Britain” is featured in the Daily Mail.

Kevin Beresford is the founder of the Car Park Appreciation Society and is the only member so far.

He has spent 10 years visiting car parks across the country, producing a book and a calendar on the subject.

His favourite is Trinity Square car park in Gateshead – now demolished – which was used in the film, “Get Carter”.

But he says all car parks are interesting because “no two are ever the same.

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