Newspaper headlines: Labour leadership race, unsolved burglaries, university gender gap and Chilcot delay

As more than 600,000 ballot papers are sent out to voters in Labour's leadership contest, the battle, in the words of the Guardian, has hit "fever pitch".

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With left-winger Jeremy Corbyn preparing to detail his 10 priorities for government, his rivals Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper, reports the paper, are scrambling to convince MPs that they are the candidate to prevent him claiming victory.

The Guardian says it is backing Ms Cooper for leader as the person best placed to "confront the desiccated condition of the Labour establishment... and take the fight to the Tories in ways that appeal to the middle ground as well as the left".

The Daily Mirror, meanwhile, announces it is backing Andy Burnham. The paper describes the shadow health secretary as the "only prime minister-in-waiting" among the four contenders. It says Mr Burnham is "the leader who will unite his party and deliver for the people who need Labour most". But it says the Leigh MP must also find a role for Mr Corbyn after he "lit up the election campaign".

In an interview in the Independent, Liz Kendall urges her supporters to mark only Mr Burnham or Ms Cooper as their second and third preferences, so as not to give any of their votes to Mr Corbyn.

The Times says Mr Corbyn's position as the front-runner has been further strengthened by a late surge of new party members and supporters, with a YouGov poll suggesting he is now on course to win 57% of the vote.

According to the Financial Times, Labour moderates descended into infighting on Thursday as they argued over how to stop Mr Corbyn winning.

The Daily Telegraph highlights analysis by the Conservative Party suggesting every family would have to pay extra tax under the policies being proposed by Labour's candidates. The amounts range from more than £1,000 a year under Liz Kendall to £2,400 if Jeremy Corbyn became prime minister.

It also reports that some in the party fear a victory for Mr Corbyn could see Labour help the SNP inflict a series of defeats on the government, which would not happen if one of his rivals became leader. The HS2 rail project and the expansion of military action against the Islamic State group could be at stake, says the paper.


Bobbies on the beat

Home Office figures indicating that four in five burglaries in England and Wales go unsolved do not go down well.

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Image caption The Star and Express both suggest British police are needed more at home than in Magaluf

The statistics come amid a fierce debate about how police handle probes into break-ins, says the Times.

The Daily Mail calls the figures "startling" although it notes that the latest Crime Survey for England and Wales found burglary rates had fallen by 67% in the last 20 years.

But the Daily Express is critical of the findings - based on analysis of official data by the Press Association - describing them as "more evidence... that the police have given up on doing their job".

And - along with the Daily Star - the Express questions the value of deploying two police officers to Magaluf in Spain to oversee rowdy British holidaymakers "when we want bobbies on the beat back here".


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Scientists and engineers

The Sun devotes its front page to a British man terminally ill with cancer who has chosen to end his life at a clinic in Switzerland. Bob Cole, 68, from Chester, whose wife died at Dignitas in February 2014, has called for UK laws banning assisted suicide to be changed.

In its leader column, the Sun says it too is in favour of a change in the law, calling Mr Cole's case an example of the "most challenging moral and legal issue of our age".

The Independent's lead story highlights a study by Inside Housing magazine which suggests that almost 40% of former council homes sold at a reduced rate under the government's Right to Buy scheme are now being let out on the private rental market.

The Times says tenants may be subletting their homes in some cases but most are being bought by buy-to-let landlords.

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The front page story in the Times focuses on the 14 percentage points admissions gap women have built up over men at UK universities in the last 20 years. The phenomenon has implications for professions in science and engineering which are in desperate need for new recruits but struggle to attract women, says the paper.


What the commentators say...

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Media captionKate McCann, Whitehall correspondent for the Sun, and Guardian columnist Owen Jones join the BBC News Channel to review Friday's front pages

'Dubious foundations'

Potential legal action by families of British soldiers killed in Iraq against Sir John Chilcot, who led the inquiry into the conflict, attracts much attention.

The hearings ended in 2011 but Sir John says publication of his report has been delayed to allow those who have been criticised to respond.

In the view of the Daily Mail, Sir John is "not only failing the families of Britain's war dead. He is making the public even more cynical about a political system in which... the Establishment looks after its own".

Daily Express political commentator Ross Clark is not surprised the relatives have lost patience and says it is time anyone who told lies to help propel the country into was with Iraq were "made to face the music".

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The Daily Telegraph does not believe the findings of the report will change "deeply entrenched" opinions on the war. It says the relatives' threat of court action "may have dubious legal foundations, but it effectively expresses the wholly understandable frustrations they feel at the continued absence of official answers".

The Financial Times says any legal battle could have implications for financial watchdogs who also are yet to release a long awaited report - on the failure of the now defunct Halifax Bank of Scotland.


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