Newspaper headlines: Keith Vaz quits and hate preacher jailed

There is little sympathy for Keith Vaz after his resignation as chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Committee.

The Metro sums up the story with the headline "Vaz Yer Lot!"

The Daily Mirror, whose sister paper the Sunday Mirror published the allegations that Mr Vaz had used male prostitutes, dismisses his resignation statement, saying it oozed self pity and self-denial but there was no apology.

The Daily Mail is astonished that some MPs expressed sadness and regret over his departure.

The Daily Express believes he had no choice but to go, saying there was no way he could continue to oversee parliamentary investigations into prostitution, drugs and legal highs after suggestions that he was at least complicit in the use of all three.


The Sun expresses outrage that radical preacher Anjem Choudary has been given five-and-a-half years in prison for encouraging people to support the Islamic State group.

Why, asks the paper, is our justice system so lenient towards those bent on our slaughter? The paper urges the attorney general to review the sentence.

The Daily Telegraph also believes the sentence is too lenient and says the attorney general should consider an appeal.

It focuses on comments from the judge in the case who, it says, challenged Islamist extremists who live on benefits while claiming to despise Western democracy.


Sports Direct's decision to change its working practices after an internal report identified serious failings receives a sceptical response from the Guardian, which has carried a series of reports about how the company treats staff.

The paper feels Sports Direct has been named and shamed, and is now fighting a desperate rearguard action to retain public approval - what the paper calls its social licence.

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Image caption Sports Direct founder Mike Ashley has apologised to staff

The Times describes the changes as an improvement - but from an absurdly low base.

The Financial Times predicts that the retailer's board of directors will face a showdown from some of their fiercest detractors at the firm's annual meeting on Wednesday.


The Mail reports that the UK will build a huge wall in Calais along the main motorway to the port, in an attempt to stop migrants hoping to cross the Channel.

The 13ft-high structure will replace fencing that has failed to prevent migrants attempting to stop lorries to get on to them.

The Express also focuses on Calais, talking of a "new migrant rush to Britain" before the Jungle camp is bulldozed later this year.


Many of the sketch writers are baffled by Jeremy Corbyn's decision to hold a news conference with 1980s reggae band UB40.

The Times comments: "There is more of Tony Blair in him than Jeremy Corbyn likes to admit."

At one point, Mr Corbyn was asked what can politicians learn from bands. Teamwork, replied Mr Corbyn. "Well," he added, "until they fall out."

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Image caption Backing band... Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn received the support of UB40

Michael Deacon in the Telegraph was left bemused. "Three months ago," he says, "I stood aboard a boat with Nigel Farage as it was chased up and down the Thames by an enraged Bob Geldof on a pleasure cruiser.

"At the time, I felt reasonably certain that politics in 2016 was unlikely to throw up an occasion more surreal. But perhaps," he suggests, "I spoke too soon."