The Papers: ‘Power struggles at No 10’ and vaccine safety vow

The Papers: ‘Power struggles at No 10’ and vaccine safety vow

By BBC News

Staff

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The resignation of Boris Johnson’s director of communications is the main story for the Times and the Daily Telegraph.

According to the Telegraph, Lee Cain’s departure has exposed a deep divide at the very heart of government – and left Tory MPs in despair about No 10 being split apart by in-fighting at a time of national crisis.

It says the row over Mr Cain’s promotion had left the prime minister facing the prospect of having to pick sides between his most senior aides and two of No 10’s most important women – Mr Johnson’s fiancee, Carrie Symonds, and his new press secretary, Allegra Stratton.

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image captionAllegra Stratton was reportedly against Lee Cain’s promotionThe Daily Mail leads with the launch of a campaign calling on ministers to allow care home residents to reunite with their loved ones in time for Christmas.

It has a picture of a woman kneeling in the street to see her husband through the railings of the garden of his care home – describing it as a heartbreaking image of the chaotic visiting rules.

“For pity’s sake, let them hold hands”, the paper’s headline demands.

The figures showing that more than 50,000 people in the UK have now died after contracting coronavirus is widely reported. The Spectator website calls it a very grim milestone.

For the Independent online paper, it’s a bleak reminder of the threat that Covid-19 continues to pose, despite the announcement this week of a potential vaccine.

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The promise of a vaccine continues to make headlines – with the Daily Mirror and the Metro leading on remarks by the government scientist, Prof Jonathan Van-Tam.

At his news conference on Wednesday, he expressed confidence that it would be safe, saying he had already urged his 78-year-old mother to take it. The Metro’s headline – “Van-Tam: jab for mam”

The suggestion by the chancellor’s advisers that he should overhaul Capital Gains Tax to raise billions of pounds, makes the lead for the Financial Times.

It says Rishi Sunak is expected to tread very carefully because any far-reaching reforms of the tax would hit core Tory voters.

The Telegraph describes the proposal as a bombshell – and says it will stoke further fears of an impending tax squeeze on the wealthy to help pay for coronavirus in the next Budget. The Times warns that any such move would meet fierce resistance from Tory backbenchers.

There is widespread condemnation of the Extinction Rebellion group after a number of activists unravelled a climate change banner at the Cenotaph during the official Armistice Day commemorations.

In the Daily Mail’s words, it was a monumentally inappropriate protest. The Sun describes it as a new low for the group. For the Daily Express, it was a disgrace to the fallen.

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image captionOlympic gold medallist Sir Mo Farah and actor Shane Richie are among the stars taking part in this year’s I’m A CelebrityFinally, excitement is mounting ahead of the new series of ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! this weekend, which for the first time is being filmed in a Welsh castle instead of the Australian jungle.

The Guardian says the market town of Abergele – where the castle is situated – is enjoying a boom from visitors from surrounding areas.

It says many of the shops have I’m A Celebrity displays in their windows and have been trying to crowbar the name of the show into a slogan.

There’s “I’m An Optician… Get Your Eyes Tested Here”, and one outside an artificial grass showroom that says “I’m A Celebrity… Get Your Ready Grass Out Of Here”.

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