Newspaper headlines: Labour 'at war' and migration fears

Friday's headlines focus on Labour's "war" with itself over whether Britain should begin bombing raids in Syria.

David Cameron made the case for air strikes against so-called Islamic State (IS) yesterday, and the Independent says Labour then held a meeting at which shadow ministers "lined up" to support bombing.

It says they thought party leader Jeremy Corbyn would keep his position open until another meeting on Monday - but hours later, with "no warning" to senior colleagues, he wrote to MPs to say he could not support air strikes.

Mr Corbyn has been warned he could "destroy" the party, the i says.

The Times calls it the deepest crisis of Mr Corbyn's leadership, as he publicly opposes a "strong majority" of his shadow cabinet

It carries a pie chart on how MPs may vote, suggesting a slight majority will back bombing. The paper argues in favour of this decision - though it warns Britain must be realistic about what it can achieve.

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The Daily Mirror's Kevin Maguire says Mr Cameron has "no clear strategy to destroy IS or guarantee a better future for Syria".

Writing in the Telegraph, Fraser Nelson says the prime minister should be honest that UK bombing will have a marginal military effect - and that the case for involvement is more about showing support for allies.

Also in the paper, Russia's ambassador to the UK, Alexander Yakovenko, says Russia would "welcome our British partners doing their bit against this evil".

'Unsustainable' migration

"Green and pleasant crammed" is the Sun's headline, as it reports net migration into the UK hit a record 336,000 in the year to June.

The "huge new influx" will put stretched services under greater strain, it says.

The Daily Mail says the "utterly unsustainable" rate of migration amounts to 920 people every day.

Dutch PM Mark Rutte says Europe could suffer the same fate as the Roman Empire - in his words, to "go down" - if it does not reduce the number of migrants arriving, the Financial Times reports.

In its Big Read, the paper says surging nationalist and anti-immigrant sentiment threaten Europe's "spirit of unity".

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Image caption The EU must stop the "massive influx" of migrants, Dutch PM Mark Rutte says

Eye-catching headlines

  • Best drivers pass their test third time - A study finds those who fail their driving test twice are likely to be more cautious on the road, the Times reports.
  • £20m to live next door to the Queen - The Guardian says a mystery buyer has purchased a luxury flat which will - when built - overlook Buckingham Palace.
  • Danger to elf - A dance troupe dressed as Christmas elves were mugged and had their hats stolen by thugs wielding BB guns, the Sun says.
  • Why do we need food banks - we're all obese, says peer - Government health minister Lord Prior of Brampton has been criticised for saying it was "strange" people needed food banks at the same time as an obesity crisis, the Telegraph reports.

'Grand larceny'

The Spending Review dominated Thursday's papers, getting a mixed reaction from commentators.

Friday's mood is decidedly more critical, with the Daily Mail warning George Osborne's decision to scrap cuts and increase spending in some areas "may prove a historic mistake".

The Sun says basing plans on "optimistic" financial forecasts was a "massive gamble", adding that austerity is still needed to tackle the UK's deficit.

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Writing in the Times, Philip Collins says Labour allowed the chancellor to get away with "grand larceny".

"The fact that Mr Osborne is good at the game of politics shouldn't fool us into forgetting that he isn't very good at the more important discipline of economics," he adds.

The Financial Times quotes economists who say the chancellor's plans bear an "uncanny resemblance" to those of former shadow chancellor Ed Balls.

It says Mr Osborne abandoned £30bn of planned cuts to departmental spending, effectively "bridging the gap" between Conservative and Labour pre-election policies.


What the commentators say

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Media captionCraig Woodhouse, chief political correspondent at the Sun, and Guardian political correspondent Rowena Mason join the BBC News Channel to review Friday's newspapers.

Black Friday, Swift and the spider slayer

The chance of Black Friday punch-ups may be diminished by rain and queues, the Guardian says, with shoppers more likely to scramble for discounts online.

It will be the first time Britons have spent £1bn online in one 24-hour period, the Times reports. Despite the focus on internet shopping, it says police are "ready to deal with over-enthusiastic shoppers".

If you're looking for a clever purchase - and you have a wheelbarrow full of money - the Telegraph reports on a study which suggests classic cars and fine wines are excellent investments.

It says researchers found prices of high-end cars, bought as assets, have risen by almost 500% in the last decade.

Like several papers, the Mail reports on accusations singer Taylor Swift "flouted filming restrictions" when making a music video on a New Zealand beach which is home to a critically endangered bird - the dotterel. The production company behind the shoot apologised and said Swift was not to blame.

On the theme of animals in peril, the Mirror says police were called to reports of a man making threats to kill - only to find he was shouting "Die! Die!" as he tried to slay a spider.

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