Newspaper headlines: Parsons Green latest and Tories ‘at war’

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    The Observer front page 17/09/2017
    Image caption An 18-year-old man is being questioned as police search a house in Surrey, the Observer reports. It says the arrest is “the first breakthrough” in the police investigation to track down the Parsons Green bomber. Detectives say they are “keeping an open mind” over whether more than one person was involved in the attack and its planning, the paper says. It also reports senior Conservatives have branded the prime minister as “too weak” to unite her cabinet because she refused to sack Boris Johnson over his Brexit comments in the Telegraph.
    The Sunday Times front page 17/09/2017
    Image caption The home being searched by police over the Tube attack belongs to foster carers who recently looked after young refugees from Syria and Iraq, according to the Sunday Times. It says the owners Ronald and Penelope Jones received MBEs from the Queen in 2010 for fostering at least 268 children. Officials think the bomber was probably a “lone actor”, say the paper, but police are trying to track accomplices who may have helped to build the device. The paper also reports the chancellor is set to cut tuition fees by £5,000. It says Philip Hammond is considering lowering the amount universities can charge per year to £7,500. with research showing universities have built up “multimillion pound surpluses” from fee income.
    Sunday Express front page 17/09/2017
    Image caption “Bomb raid on foster home” is the headline on the front page of the Sunday Express. The paper says the search on the Surrey house comes as police try to track down three suspects linked to Friday’s attack. It adds critics have accused Theresa May of not backing up her “enough is enough” speech which followed the Manchester bombing in May which killed 22 people. The paper also reports Nigel Farage saying “no one in their right mind” would vote Remain again because of Jean-Claude Juncker’s “fantastical” vision of the EU. The European Commission President spelled out his plans to MEPs on Wednesday for what the Express calls “an unprecedented power grab” to unite Europe.
    The Daily Star on Sunday front page 17/09/2017
    Image caption The Daily Star on Sunday leads on the police search of the property in Surrey. It says “a network of jihadis” is being hunted by police, including one female suspect.
    The Sunday Mirror front page 17/09/2017
    Image caption The Sunday Mirror also reports on the raid on a house owned by foster carers. It pictures Ronald and Penelope Jones being honoured by the Queen and adds they cared for children including refugees from war-torn countries.
    The Mail on Sunday front page 17/09/2017
    Image caption “Tories at war over Boris’s move ‘to oust PM'” is the headline on the front of the Mail on Sunday. The paper says allies of Theresa May have accused the foreign secretary of “treachery” after he staged what it calls an “open revolt” against her Brexit plans. The paper also reports on the latest update into the “bucket bomber” investigation with six pages of coverage.
    The Sunday Telegraph front page 17/09/2017
    Image caption The Sunday Telegraph says senior ministers Michael Gove and Priti Patel are backing Boris’s vision for Brexit. The paper reports the two, who led the Leave campaign with the foreign secretary, support Mr Johnson’s bid to pressure the prime minister into delivering “a bolder and more optimistic Brexit”. A Whitehall source told the paper Mr Johnson and Environment Secretary Michael Gove say they have “got to follow through” with the promise made to Leave voters. It also reports on the police search at the home of foster carers Ronald and Penelope Jones.

    Several papers feature a picture of the foster parents whose home has been searched as part of the investigation into Friday’s Tube bombing.

    The Observer interviews neighbours who were evacuated from their homes as the operation unfolded, “shattering the peace of a London suburban street”.

    “I had one minute to get out of the house with my three children” one woman tells the paper.

    The Sunday Telegraph highlights a report that warns the EU laws meant to stop terrorists getting the ingredients to make such bombs are too lax.

    It says the European Commission has found “alarming” gaps in the way sales of potentially lethal chemicals are controlled.

    According to the Sunday Mirror, followers of so-called Islamic State are using an instant messaging site to send encrypted online messages “urging lone-wolf jihadis to carry out atrocities across the UK”.

    It says fanatics “warned an attack in London was imminent 36 hours before the Parsons Green explosion”.

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    Image caption Thirty people were injured after a bomb was detonated at Parsons Green station on Friday

    The think tank, the Henry Jackson Society, the former army commander Colonel Richard Kemp and a leading security expert all take to the Sunday Express to demand greater action to monitor and deport foreign nationals involved in extremism.

    The home secretary reflects in the Sun on Sunday on the need for a new security treaty with the EU after Brexit.

    Amber Rudd says continued close co-operation is vital, and announces that the government will set out its plans for a new partnership on Monday.

    She says the EU already has agreements with non-EU countries on law enforcement and expresses confidence that an understanding can be reached.

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    The fallout from Boris Johnson’s intervention on Brexit continues, amid claims that it is the start of a leadership challenge.

    According to the Sunday Express, sources close to the foreign secretary have been forced to deny he is “on manoeuvres” while a Downing Street source points out: “he’s going to be given a platform at conference to air his views, so we’re not sure why he felt the need to do this”.

    The Mail on Sunday describes the Conservatives as being “at war”, with Boris Johnson in “open revolt” against Theresa May.

    A supporter of the foreign secretary likens his comments to “lobbing a hand grenade through Downing Street’s window”. While David Cameron’s former speechwriter, Ian Birrell, uses an article in the paper to accuse Mr Johnson of being “disingenuous, disloyal and desperate” to lead the country.

    But Mr Johnson’s fellow Vote Leave campaigners, Michael Gove and Priti Patel have “thrown their weight behind” his vision, says the Sunday Telegraph. In particular they support his call for some of the money sent to Brussels to be spent on the NHS.

    Mr Gove and Mr Johnson are said to have reconciled after their falling out last year and to be “of one mind” on the issue.

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    Image caption Gove led the Leave campaign with Boris Johnson in 2016

    The Sunday Times columnist Dominic Lawson, argues that Boris Johnson is “self-serving, egotistical…but right” to urge “more Brexit zest” from the government.

    And the Sun on Sunday welcomes his involvement as a way of filling what it calls the “pro-Leave vacuum in government” and says his party must listen to him.

    A double-page spread on the “Indian summer” of Sir Vince Cable features in the Observer.

    As the Liberal Democrats gather for their conference in Bournemouth, “the oldest person to lead a British political party since Winston Churchill” describes how he had assumed, six months ago, that his political exile was permanent.

    But, now that he is at the helm, he says he is determined that his is not merely “a plucky third party” but a “serious party with a serious leader” who could be prime minister.

    Fat seats for footie

    Meanwhile, the Sunday Times says the chancellor is considering “slashing” tuition fees to £7,500. The paper reports the proposals are being drawn up for the autumn Budget amid frustration that some universities are not offering value for money.

    And finally, overweight football fans are being offered extra-large seats at next year’s World Cup finals reports the Mail on Sunday.

    The paper believes it is the first time seats at a major sporting event have been made bigger because of the obesity crisis.

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    It says those hoping to take advantage of the extra space will have to produce evidence, such as a doctor’s note, confirming that they have a BMI of 35 or above.

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