Newspaper headlines: Tories 'plan to cut student loan interest'

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The Sunday Telegraph reports that Theresa May will attempt to win back young voters lost to Jeremy Corbyn in the general election, by looking at cutting interest rates on student loans and "strong-arming" universities into lowering tuition fees.

It predicts that announcements could follow within weeks - at next month's Conservative party conference and in the autumn Budget.

According to the paper, the Treasury has grown infuriated that, in its view, some students are being "ripped off" by taking courses costing £9,000 a year which offer little in return.

However, some senior Tories are said to have told the Telegraph that the party must not "over-interpret the results of a disastrous campaign" by adopting "hardcore Corbynism".

The Sunday Times describes Tony Blair's call for tough new rules on immigration - in contrast to the open borders he presided over as prime minister - as an "explosive" intervention in the Brexit debate.

In an article for the paper's website, Mr Blair acknowledges that this is a radical departure from his policies in office. But he argues that "back then, the economy was strong, the workers needed" and "the times were different" and voters' concerns now "cannot be ignored".

In an editorial, the Sunday Times calls this a "deathbed repentance" on migration, and a "mea culpa" for the decision of the Labour government to open the door to people from the EU's new eastern European members.

Would Britain have voted for Brexit, it asks, or even held a referendum without the pressures this unleashed? Its conclusion: Tony Blair's conversion has come too late.

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The Observer reports that survivors on Caribbean islands shattered by Hurricane Irma are begging the world for food, water, shelter and rescue as they face down armed looters and the prospect of a fresh onslaught from Hurricane Jose.

There is also no let up in the criticism of the UK government's response to Hurricane Irma.

The Sunday Telegraph condemns it as "appallingly slow" and a "dereliction of duty". As well as the Americans, it says, the French and the Dutch have been far more dynamic.

Writing in the Mail, the former attorney general in Anguilla, Rupert Jones, says the British overseas territory has been devastated - and what's been promised so far is a "drop in the ocean".

If Irma had hit the Falklands or Gibraltar, there would have been a national outcry, he complains.

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Image caption A British Royal Logistics Corps Mexflote arrives in Anguilla to help with the relief effort

Writing in the Sun on Sunday, the International Development Secretary, Priti Patel, says the critics are "just wrong".

She says the £32 million already pledged will support the humanitarian needs of people left without food, water, shelter and power, while ministers are also looking at how to rebuild islands.

Ms Patel adds that a Royal Navy vessel loaded with aid and military support was deployed ahead of the disaster, and that UK forces are working around the clock in the British Virgin Islands.

The Sunday Express and the Daily Star Sunday both focus on what they call the "miraculous" escape of a British family trapped by Irma in their house of the Caribbean island of Tortola.

At one stage, parents Sasha and Brendan Joyce say they had to lay on top of their two boys, aged four and two, to prevent them being blown away. The bedroom they were in was the only room not destroyed.

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The Sunday Times reports that ministers will signal an end to their seven year public sector pay freeze this week.

It says police officers are set to get the first rises - either an across-the-board increase of more than 1% or targeted bonuses for those on the front line.

After the return of Strictly Come Dancing, the Telegraph suggests that the BBC is set to court controversy with some viewers by considering introducing same-sex dancing partners.

It quotes the Church of England vicar, Richard Coles, as revealing that discussions have taken place - though the Corporation is said to have ruled it out for the current series.

The Telegraph speaks of a backlash by LGBT activists against the lesbian comic, Susan Calman, for agreeing to dance with a man.

She says she's "getting it in the neck" only because she's a woman.