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Newspaper headlines: Call for Bercow to quit and Meghan baby news

Newspaper headlines: Call for Bercow to quit and Meghan baby news


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A “damning” inquiry into the “toxic” work culture in the House of Commons is the front page story in the i. The paper says “disturbing” cases were covered up and female staff were “repeatedly grabbed and propositioned”.

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The Times reports calls for Speaker John Bercow to resign over the report. Head of the Commons Standards Committee Sir Kevin Barron says: “The change in culture has to come from the top, and unfortunately I no longer believe that the speaker… is the correct person to provide that leadership.” Mr Bercow has denied bullying two of his former private secretaries.

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The royal baby announcement is the front page story in the Daily Mail. The paper quotes a source close to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who claims Prince Harry is an “emotional wreck, but in a good way”.

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The Daily Mirror says Kensington Palace has sought medical advice for Meghan as she embarks on a tour with Prince Harry. The couple are currently in Sydney, but will also visit Fiji and Tonga. Pregnant women have been advised not to go to the countries due to concerns about the Zika virus.

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The Sun says members of the Royal Family were told about Meghan’s pregnancy at Princess Eugenie’s wedding on Friday, but were sworn to secrecy until the official announcement on Monday. The paper adds the Duchess of Sussex’s mother Doria was “very happy about the lovely news”, but her father, Thomas Markle, has not been mentioned.

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Elsewhere, the Daily Express claims “victory” for its campaign Respect For The Elderly, as the government considers whether offences motivated by ageism should be considered hate crimes.

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The Daily Telegraph also leads with the news that ageism could be considered a hate crime under a review of the law, which will be announced by Home Secretary Sajid Javid on Tuesday. Charities estimate about one million older people are victims of physical, financial, psychological and sexual abuse each year.

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Theresa May’s negotiations with the EU make the front page of the Guardian. The paper says the prime minister is in a “frantic final rush” as she admitted talks with Brussels had ground to a halt because of the EU’s insistence on a customs backstop.

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The Metro reiterates that Mrs May has ruled out creating a customs border with Northern Ireland, even as a last resort, but Brussels was coming round to the idea of a temporary “backstop”. But the paper adds the EU wants a “backstop to the backstop” that would keep Northern Ireland in the customs union indefinitely until the border problem is resolved.

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The Financial Times reports that Donald Trump has signalled he is willing to accept Saudi Arabia’s denials of responsibility over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The US president has sent his top diplomat, Mike Pompeo, to Riyadh to get to the bottom of the matter.

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Finally, the Daily Star reports that a council has banned Santa’s sleigh this Christmas over “elf and safety” fears. The front page of the paper also features a picture of Strictly Come Dancing professional dancers – and husband and wife – Neil and Katya Jones showing “a united front” after That Kiss.

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