Newspaper headlines: Call for Bercow to quit and Meghan baby news

The head of the Commons Standards Committee has told the Times that Speaker John Bercow should step down.

It comes after a report that found allegations of sexual harassment against MPs had been "tolerated and concealed".

"The change in culture has to come from the top," writes Sir Kevin Barron, who "no longer believes" Mr Bercow is "the correct person to provide that leadership".

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Image caption Speaker John Bercow praised Aneurin Bevan's indefatigability, bloody-mindedness and irascibility

The i describes the report, led by Dame Laura Cox, as "excoriating", detailing a "corrosive culture, in which bullying and harassment, particularly of women, have become normalised".

The Mirror demands change, suggesting "something is seriously amiss" when "bullying that would be stamped out in most other workplaces is allowed to fester at Westminster".

Mr Bercow declined to comment, but has previously vowed to stay on as speaker.

Elsewhere, according to the Guardian, house prices in Salisbury have fallen significantly since the nerve agent poisonings there in March.

Analysis of Land Registry figures shows the average cost of a home dropped by almost 9% between May and July, while elsewhere in Wiltshire, prices went up over the same period.

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Most of the papers are awash with pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, following the news that they're expecting their first child.

"Oh baby!" exclaims the Daily Mail. which devotes its first 11 pages, plus an eight-page souvenir picture pullout, to the announcement, covering everything from the latest odds on a name to the "baffling" rules of royal succession.

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The Daily Express wonders whether, in light of the news, it was really the best time for Meghan and Harry to embark on their first overseas tour to Australia. "Meghan is at the end of the first trimester," writes Vanessa Feltz, "and likely to turn green at the first smell of Sydney Harbour or even merely reading the words kookaburra stew".

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Finally, "council killjoys" are threatening a much-loved Christmas tradition in County Durham, according to the Telegraph and the Daily Star.

For years, they say, Santa has toured the streets of Newton Aycliffe on the back of a truck-mounted sleigh.

But the town council says the event cannot continue in its current form, as it breaks rules banning people from standing on a moving vehicle.

From now on, Father Christmas will be required to sit in the lorry's cab with his seatbelt on, and can only greet local children at designated stops. For both papers, it's "elf and safety gone mad".