Newspaper headlines: Labour at ‘war’ and PM’s ‘blueprint for Britain’


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A row over who was to blame for Labour’s general election defeat is the focus of many of Monday’s papers, while several feature images of Ben Stokes winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The Daily Telegraph reports potential Labour leadership candidate Emily Thornberry has been accused of calling voters “stupid” for not backing Labour – which she has strongly denied. The paper says the claim, made by former Don Valley MP Caroline Flint, has fuelled infighting over Corbyn loyalists blaming the public for the election result.

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The Guardian argues Labour is at war over whether its Brexit position or its leadership are to blame for the election. The paper also declares the “battle for Labour’s future” has begun. The party’s general secretary Jennie Formby has written to the National Executive Committee recommending the contest starts on 7 January. Labour Party officials have suggested that Jeremy Corbyn’s successor will be in place by the end of March.

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The i says shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey has emerged as a potential candidate to “carry on the Corbyn project”, adding that centrists are looking to Wigan MP Lisa Nandy.

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“Labour at each other’s throats” is the Metro’s headline. Of the leadership race, it cites Ms Flint as saying: “I don’t believe anybody who has been the architect of our European policy in the last few years is credible to be leader.”

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The Daily Mail outlines what it calls the “blueprint for Boris’s Britain”. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to welcome new Tory MPs to Westminster later, with a speech outlining plans to focus on border control, the NHS and investment in the north of England in a “bid to govern for another decade”. The paper adds that Mr Johnson will also carry out a minor reshuffle.

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The Financial Times says Mr Johnson will tell his 109 newly elected MPs that he plans to direct billions of pounds of investment into the Midlands and the north of England. The paper leads with a report that UN climate talks broke up in a stalemate on Sunday, with countries failing to agree new rules for a global carbon trading market after two weeks of negotiations in Madrid.

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The Times reports Mr Johnson’s chief aide Dominic Cummings is set to overhaul spending by the Ministry of Defence. The paper says Mr Cummings will tackle military procurement, and is expected to audit recent purchases and review the development of military equipment.

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Meanwhile, the Daily Express splashes with further details of the PM’s proposal to decriminalise failing to pay the BBC licence fee. Treasury minister Rishi Sunak has confirmed that Mr Johnson has ordered a review of the sanction for non-payment of the £154.50 fee. The BBC has warned the move could cost it £200m a year.

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The Daily Mirror tells how an NHS worker donated a kidney to a dying toddler she didn’t know. The paper says Surinder Sapal answered a public appeal from Anaya Kandola’s parents for a kidney donor to save their child’s life. Now the two-year-old is thriving, it adds.

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The Daily Star carries a story about Love Island host Caroline Flack.

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