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Newspaper headlines: MP ‘took Covid to Commons’ and lockdown ‘rebellion’

By BBC NewsStaffPublishedduration13 minutes agoimage captionSNP MP Margaret Ferrier “took Covid to the Commons”, says the Daily Telegraph, after she travelled to Westminster despite experiencing symptoms. Ms Ferrier said she travelled by train back to Scotland after testing positive. The paper says she has been accused of hypocrisy, having called for the prime minister’s top…

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image captionSNP MP Margaret Ferrier “took Covid to the Commons”, says the Daily Telegraph, after she travelled to Westminster despite experiencing symptoms. Ms Ferrier said she travelled by train back to Scotland after testing positive. The paper says she has been accused of hypocrisy, having called for the prime minister’s top adviser, Dominic Cummings, to resign following his trip to Durham during lockdown.
image captionMs Ferrier’s actions were “reckless” and she was “forced to issue an extraordinary apology”, the Daily Mail reports. There’s “one rule for them”, the paper says, citing this along with with former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn breaching the “rule of six” and the prime minister’s father, Stanley Johnson, not wearing a mask in a shop.
image captionThe i newspaper claims Ms Ferrier “broke [the] rules five times”. It pictures her speaking in the Commons and quotes her directly as saying: “I apologise unreservedly… there is no excuse for my actions.”
image captionAnalysis carried out by the Guardian suggests the coronavirus infection rate has “at least doubled” in 11 out of 16 English cities and towns that have been subject to long-term local lockdowns. It says there is “growing concern” that restrictions are introduced “on the cheap”.
image captionThe Metro says Mr Johnson is facing a “great lockdown rebellion” from civic leaders, including the mayor of Middlesbrough. It quotes Andy Preston as saying “we defy the government” over new lockdown laws. He claims they have been based on “factual inaccuracies and a monstrous and frightening lack of communication and ignorance”.
image captionA picture of Chancellor Rishi Sunak is splashed across the front page of the Daily Express, which says he has revealed “his deep concern for all the victims of the pandemic”.
image captionThe Daily Mirror reports that the sister of George Floyd, whose death in police custody in the US in May sparked Black Lives Matter protests around the world, has called on Americans to vote “divisive” US President Donald Trump out of office next month. It quotes LaTonya Floyd as saying: “I refuse to allow my brother’s life to have been taken in vain.”
image captionBack in the UK, the Times says the Foreign Office is “at war” with Home Secretary Priti Patel after she asked officials to look at asylum policies, including housing people who are seeking asylum offshore. The paper says Ms Patel’s allies have accused the Foreign Office of “leaking ‘bizarre and unworkable’ asylum policies to discredit her” in a “Whitehall blame game”.
image captionThe Financial Times reports that Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, leading advisers on Rolls-Royce’s £2bn rights issue, “radically scaled back their underwriting commitments” in the days leading up to the cash call because of concerns about the pandemic and the US election.
image captionAnd the Daily Star appeals to “British baldies” as it reports that US President Donald Trump “thinks chemicals in McDonald’s fries have helped him keep his trademark ‘blond'”. The president is “lovin’ it”, it claims.

“One rule for them!” proclaims the front of

the Daily Mail. It describes the SNP MP Margaret Ferrier as “reckless” for travelling by train to London from Scotland despite experiencing Covid symptoms, then returning home after receiving the positive result.

The headline in the Mail’s Scottish edition refers to the MP’s “Covid trip of shame”, while the Herald, which is based in Glasgow, says one person is self-isolating after being in close contact with her.

Under the headline, “plague dimwit”, the Sun’s leader accuses Ms Ferrier of hypocrisy. It refers to the fact that she called for the resignation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s senior aide, Dominic Cummings, after he drove from London to his parents’ farm in County Durham during the national lockdown. The paper describes Mr Cummings’ action as “a thousand times more responsible” than Ms Ferrier’s and demands a police investigation into what she has done.

But the editor of the i, Oliver Duff, is more sympathetic. In an opinion piece he writes that “the mob baying for Margaret Ferrier to be thrown in the stocks will include plenty of hypocrites who have followed their own, relaxed interpretation of coronavirus rules”.

The Daily Express says the MP “doubtless felt under pressure to turn up at Parliament”, adding that many workers who think they may have the virus will worry about letting colleagues and customers down.

image captionThe MP for Rutherglen and Hamilton West spoke in a debate in the House of Commons before returning back to Scotland

The Daily Telegraph is concerned about the local Covid-19 lockdowns coming into force in parts of Britain – saying in its leader that they’re “absurdly complex” and are “spreading confusion and resentment”. It acknowledges that ministers have faced difficult decisions because the virus has spread unevenly. But it says that even so, “the trigger for local measures has been unclear, and the scientific rationale often mysterious”.

There’s mockery in the Sun of the European Union’s announcement that it’s suing the UK because of the government’s plan to override parts of the Brexit withdrawal agreement. Under the headline “who are EU?”, its opinion column describes the move as “desperate and futile”. “If we strike a deal,” it argues, “the UK law Brussels objects to won’t be enacted. If we don’t, Britain will be just weeks from leaving the EU courts’ remit anyway.”

Both the Financial Times and the Daily Telegraph feature pictures of the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, adjusting her EU flag face covering at a summit in Brussels. The FT’s headline is “gloves off – EU sues Britain over Brexit breach”.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Martin Howe, a barrister from the pro-Brexit group Lawyers for Britain, argues that if the European Court of Justice were to rule against the UK in such a case, its punitive powers might be limited. “There is no actual means by which an ECJ judgment can be enforced against a sovereign state which defies it,” he writes.

The Daily Mirror points out that, whatever the legal realities, the row “risks souring UK-EU trade talks after optimism of a deal”.

The Times says allies of Home Secretary Priti Patel are accusing the Foreign Office of being “at war” with the minister over her plans to deal with asylum seekers. According to the paper. they allege that officials have leaked “bizarre and unworkable” policies in order to discredit her. These are said to include artificially creating waves to push back boats in the Channel and fouling their propellers with chains. The Times reports that Foreign Office sources have dismissed the claims.

The front of the Financial Times has the headline: “Floating walls in Channel considered in latest plan to block asylum seekers”. The paper says it has seen a leaked document from trade body Maritime UK, which it suggests was asked by the Home Office to look at the possibility of erecting temporary underwater fencing “in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes”. The FT says it’s been told by Marine UK that it didn’t think the plan was “legally possible”.

The Guardian picks up on the Duchess of Sussex saying she was unaware the UK had its own Black History Month – a comment she made as she and Prince Harry launched a campaign to highlight the achievement of black British trailblazers.

Writing in the Times, the former head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips, describes Meghan’s admission as “a mistake”. “The first BHM was launched in 1987,” he writes. “For at least two decades it has been officially celebrated by government of every stripe, and marked by members of the royal family”.

“Don’t let my brother die in vain” is the Daily Mirror’s headline. The paper has secured what it says is the first interview with LaTonya Floyd, the sister of George Floyd, the African American man who died in May while in police custody in Minnesota. She accuses US President Donald Trump of fuelling racial divisions. telling the paper: “In the four years of his presidency, he has taken America back over forty years.” Ms Floyd calls on voters to back his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, in next month’s presidential election.

The New York Times’ website turns its attention to the decision by the Republican governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, to allow voters to drop off postal ballots at only one location per county. It believes the ruling intensifies “questions of voting rights, voter suppression and the integrity of the election” that have emerged during the campaign.

The Guardian marks Dame Jenni Murray’s last appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour with a front page picture of her at the microphone. “Signing off: after 33 years Jenni Murray bows out,” the headline reads.

The i’s columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown tells readers that she cried when Dame Jenni said her final goodbye. She recalls the presenter leaving former prime minister Margaret Thatcher “speechless” by pointing out that some male politicians saw her as a sex symbol.

Finally, the Belgian website, de Standaard looks at the decision to allow the love child of the former king, Albert II, to use the title Princess of Belgium, following a court battle. A lawyer for Delphine Boël suggests it’s a bitter-sweet outcome. “A victory in court can never replace a father’s love,” he says.

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