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Newspaper headlines: Boris Johnson to kick off leadership bid

Newspaper headlines: Boris Johnson to kick off leadership bid


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“Prime Minister in waiting” declares the front page of the i, over a full-page picture of one of the 10 candidates for the Conservative Party leadership. It’s probably no surprise that it is perceived front-runner Boris Johnson who is in the frame, with the paper pointing out he will “finally” launch his leadership campaign today, after rival contenders accused him of “hiding away” so far.

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The Daily Telegraph is among the other papers to focus on the formal launch of Mr Johnson’s leadership campaign. Mr Johnson has pledged to take Britain out of the EU by 31 October as he warns the Tory party will “kick the bucket” if there are further delays. However, the paper says he faces a “Remainer plot” from MPs to stop a no-deal Brexit.

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The Daily Express says Mr Johnson will signal his readiness for a “titanic clash with Brussels”. It says the contender will launch his campaign with a warning that any Brexit “delay means defeat… and Corbyn”.

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The Financial Times leads on claims that fund manager Neil Woodford is at risk of being “kicked off” his namesake trust. However, the paper also finds room on its front page to preview Mr Johnson’s campaign launch, with claims Labour will draw “battle lines” by leading a cross-party move to prevent the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

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“Shamed Oxfam given three weeks to reform” is splashed on the front page of the Times. The paper hones in on reports that the charity could lose hundreds of millions in aid after a watchdog published a damning report about the organisation. It comes after a sexual exploitation scandal was uncovered in Haiti as well as repeated failures in dealing with harassment, bullying and discrimination.

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The BBC’s decision to scrap blanket free TV licenses for over-75s remains the focus of some papers, with the Daily Mail reporting that “furious” viewers intend to take a defiant stance, and will refuse to pay the fee or “even go to prison in protest”.

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The Guardian’s front page warns of a rise in carbon emissions due to extreme weather. Carbon emissions from the global energy industry rose at the fastest rate in almost a decade, says the paper.

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Speaking of extreme weather, the Metro says Britain is heading for its “wettest June on record”. The paper carries a warning from the Met Office’s Alex Burkill who says “we’re in for some treacherous weather”.

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The Daily Star describes the weather as being “apocalyptic” on its front page, as it claims two months worth of rain fell in one day.

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In other news, Prince Harry will “take up Diana’s mission to clear ex-war zones” according to the front page of the Daily Mirror. The paper says the Duke of Sussex will visit Angola to help rid the country of its landmines.

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