Newspaper headlines: Tanks for Ukraine, and new Partygate fines

Newspaper headlines: Tanks for Ukraine, and new Partygate fines

By BBC NewsStaffImage caption, “Boris: I’ll send in our tanks” is the headline dominating the front of the Daily Mail. The paper reports that the British Army is expected to send tanks to Poland so Warsaw can give some of theirs to Ukraine. The paper says it signals a major escalation of the UK’s support…

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“Boris: I’ll send in our tanks” is the headline dominating the front of the Daily Mail. The paper reports that the British Army is expected to send tanks to Poland so Warsaw can give some of theirs to Ukraine. The paper says it signals a major escalation of the UK’s support for Kyiv, as Boris Johnson has said there is a realistic possibility Moscow could win the war. In other news, the paper joins several others to carry a large photo of Prince Louis playing on a beach in Norfolk to mark his fourth birthday.

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The Daily Telegraph reports that France and Germany sold arms to Russia worth £230 million, citing an EU analysis. According to the paper, the two countries sent equipment, including bombs, rockets, missiles and guns to Russia despite an EU-wide embargo which was introduced in the wake of Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. The paper adds that Paris and Berlin have resisted an EU ban on buying gas from Russia.

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On the domestic front, Mr Johnson is facing further problems over the Partygate scandal, according to the Guardian, which reports that a source has said a fine was issued for a second event attended by the PM. The paper adds that senior Conservatives have warned he could face a leadership challenge within weeks. Downing Street has denied Mr Johnson received another fixed-penalty notice for a garden party held on 20 May 2020, reports the paper.

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Health Secretary Sajid Javid is preparing to launch an inquiry into gender treatment for children, according to the Times. Mr Javid thinks the existing system is failing children and is planning an overhaul of how NHS staff deal with minors who question their gender identity, the paper reports. He has likened political fears over gender dysphoria to the fears of racism in Rotherham over grooming gangs, it adds. Meanwhile, Dame Laura Kenny, pictured with her fellow Olympic cycling husband Sir Jason Kenny, opens up to the paper about a miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy.

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The FT Weekend reports that the pound has fallen to its weakest level since late 2020. High street sales have dropped and customer confidence plummeted, adding pressure on the Bank of England to control inflation without sparking a recession, the paper reports. One economist warned of worse to come in the next few months, with the cost of living crisis likely to deteriorate.

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British holidaymakers could experience up to a year of travel chaos due to airline staff shortages, the Daily Express reports. A perfect storm of industry vacancies due to cost-cutting and Covid-hit employees will affect overseas flights for 12 months, the paper says. Hundreds of flights have already been cancelled, it adds.

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“Maddie suspect quizzed by Portugal cops” is the headline leading the Daily Mirror as the paper reports that Christian Brueckner has been interviewed in a German jail for the first time over the three-year-old’s disappearance. Madeleine McCann’s parents have welcomed the news. Brueckner has not been charged and denies any involvement in the case.

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Elsewhere, the Sun reports on alleged threats made to Manchester United player Harry Maguire. The paper says a chilling ultimatum was emailed to the player’s agent claiming someone would detonate three bombs planted at Maguire’s house if he did not quit the club. Maguire is staying with a team-mate and his family is staying in a safe house, the paper reports.

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And finally, the Daily Star reports that a former astronaut has said the purest medical grade marijuana could be grown in space, with demand growing as space tourism increases. The paper opts for the headline: “Beam me up, potty.”

The Daily Mail highlights yesterday’s suggestion by Boris Johnson that the UK could send tanks to Poland to replace those Warsaw is supplying Ukraine.

The paper describes the move as a major escalation of Britain’s support for Kyiv, and says it comes after the prime minister warned there was a realistic possibility that Moscow could defeat its neighbour.

The FT Weekend says Mr Johnson’s statement was the first admission by a major western leader that Russia could win the war “and marks a significant shift in his own rhetoric from just weeks ago”.

The front page of the Daily Telegraph claims France and Germany have armed Russia with military hardware worth £230m – despite an EU embargo on arms shipments to Moscow, introduced after its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Germany is said to have used a loophole in the embargo to sell equipment the Kremlin guaranteed would be used solely by civilians, while France apparently used a backdoor technicality to allow exporters to fulfil contracts agreed before 2014.

The Telegraph’s leader column condemns what it calls the shame of Paris and Berlin, arguing that having armed Putin “it would be a moral outrage if Europe now failed to do the same for Kyiv”.

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Boris Johnson met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv earlier this month

The Guardian suggests Mr Johnson is facing “deepening peril” over the Partygate scandal after a source claimed police had issued at least one fine for a second event attended by the prime minister.

The paper says senior Conservatives are warning that Mr Johnson could face a leadership contest within weeks if the Tories suffer significant losses at the local elections next month.

The former Brexit minister, Steve Baker, has told the Daily Telegraph why he urged the prime minister to realise “the gig’s up” in the Commons this week.

He says his constituents in High Wycombe are still furious about government rule-breaking and he fears the government will “reap the whirlwind” on polling day.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid is preparing to launch an urgent inquiry into gender treatment for children, according to the Times.

He is said to believe that vulnerable youngsters are wrongly being given gender hormone treatment by the NHS, and is planning an overhaul of how health service staff deal with under-18s who question their gender identity.

The paper says Mr Javid is also understood to have likened political sensitivities over gender dysphoria to people’s fears of being accused of racism in Rotherham, when Asian men were involved in child sexual exploitation in the town.

The latest developments in the hunt for Madeleine McCann are highlighted by the Daily Mirror.

It says the chief suspect in the case, Christian Brueckner, has been questioned by Portuguese police for the first time, as he serves a prison sentence in Germany for rape.

And lastly, The Sun says the Manchester United captain, Harry Maguire, is staying with a team-mate after receiving a bomb threat at his house.

The England defender was reportedly told three devices would be detonated if he failed to quit his club within 72 hours.

The paper says police searched the footballer’s home but didn’t find anything suspicious ,and he is now set to get new CCTV and 24-hour security guards.

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