Newspaper headlines: 'Russian model's terror' in Salisbury and dementia pollution link

By BBC News

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Some of the papers report on a study which found that living in a polluted area increases the risk of dementia

The Telegraph says Theresa May's speech on housing will signal a major shift in Conservative policy, by insisting that people should feel "proud" of living in a council property.

The prime minister, it says, will seek to "change the language" used by senior Tories about social housing - a generation after Lady Thatcher spoke about the pride of home ownership.

The paper warns it could be a "risky approach" as the Conservatives have traditionally relied on aspiring home owners for electoral victory.

The Express devotes five pages to an interview with Mrs May, in which she tells the paper her Brexit plan will deliver the freedoms people voted for.

She also insists she intends to remain in Downing Street long after Britain leaves the EU and says she is drawing up "balanced and fair" tax rises to help pay for the NHS.

The paper's editorial praises an "upbeat" prime minister who "talks a good game".

It says she has shown "remarkable resilience" as the UK edges towards a deal with Brussels - but urges her not to make concessions which will undermine the spirit of Brexit.

The results of a major study are highlighted by both the Times and the Daily Mail, after scientists found that living in a polluted area increases the risk of dementia by up to 40%.

The Mail says researchers believe that air pollution could be responsible for up to 60,000 cases of the disease in the UK.

The Times admits the findings "cannot prove a causal link", but it says research is "increasingly linking traffic fumes to thinking problems". It points to a Canadian study last year which found living by a busy road increased dementia rates by 12%.

The Sun has spoken to a Russian model who says she and her husband become violently ill after eating at a restaurant in Salisbury on Sunday. She's pictured alongside the headline, "Putin tried to kill me with rat poison".

Most of the papers print what the Express calls "excruciating" details about Donald Trump, taken from a tell-all memoir written by the porn star who claims she had sex with the US President.

Stormy Daniels describes the alleged tryst as possibly "the least impressive" she's ever had, but says Mr Trump "clearly didn't share that opinion".

He has denied the event took place.

The Guardian says the "intensely intimate portrait" also contains an account of how Mr Trump is alleged to have offered Ms Daniels the chance to "cheat" on his reality TV show, to allow her to avoid elimination and appear on more episodes.

According to the Guardian, business leaders have "lined up" to criticise the government's migration advisory committee, after it said foreign workers earning less than £30,000 should be refused visas after Brexit.

Hauliers tell the paper the proposal is "ignorant and elitist" - while the building industry warns it would be "crippled".

But the Sun says building firms "will have to recruit more Brits and raise pay". It concludes that the committee's report "looks mainly like common sense".

For the Times, the recommendation that the government scraps its quota on skilled immigrants "is the right message".

It says the report has narrowed the gap between rhetoric and reality and suggests it could shape the "most profound and sweeping changes" to Britain's labour market in a generation.

The Telegraph thinks the committee has given Theresa May cover to use labour rights as a bargaining chip to secure a Brexit deal, but warns that "taking back control" of Britain's borders could be just an empty slogan, unless the public are given a greater say on immigration.

Bed blocking "is soaring again", according to the Mirror, which says that more than 42,000 hospital bed days were lost in England in July.

The paper argues the government's failure to spend sufficient money on care "is a huge false economy" as the cost is simply transferred to the NHS.

It calls for the establishment of a National Commission to look at how care should be funded.

Ministers say they will set out a social care reform plan in the coming months.

Several sketch writers poke fun at Sir Vince Cable, after he pronounced "erotic spasm" as "exotic sprezm" during his party conference speech yesterday.

Writing in the Guardian, John Crace says the "king of the Lib Dem sex scene" managed to provide a soundbite that would make the news - "just not in the way he had intended".

In the Times, Patrick Kidd speculates whether "performance anxiety" caused Sir Vince to "flop".

But the Telegraph's Michael Deacon looks on the bright side, noting that the Lib Dem leader described Labour and the Tories as "intolerant cults". At least, he says, "he didn't mispronounce that".