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Newspaper headlines: 'Heckle and hide' and Labour 'split' on four-day week

By BBC News
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image captionBoris Johnson is pictured in several papers visiting the flood-hit areas of South Yorkshire

Most of the papers continue to focus on developments in the election campaign.

The Guardian says a call by the leader of the Unite union, Len McCluskey, to curb free movement, has infuriated Labour party activists who've been campaigning for a pro-migration stance.

Mr McCluskey - a key ally of Jeremy Corbyn - suggests the shadow cabinet should not upset Labour's carefully crafted Brexit position.

The Guardian says Mr Corbyn has not been drawn into the argument, saying the issue would be discussed at the weekend.

Boris Johnson is pictured in several papers visiting the flood-hit areas of South Yorkshire, where he faced criticism from local residents.

The Daily Mirror and the Sun adopt the same headline to describe his uncomfortable visit: "Sandbagged".

The Daily Telegraph uses a striking aerial image taken by a drone showing the extent of the flooding in Lincolnshire where a road disappears into a a muddy sea.

The Financial Times pictures the Liberal Democrat leader, Jo Swinson, on its front page in yellow boxing gloves. It calls her "hard-hitting" as she once again ruled out a parliamentary pact with Labour.

The Daily Telegraph says the Conservatives offered Nigel Farage an electoral pact but talks broke down.

Under the deal, the paper says the Tories would have carried out minimal campaigning in 40 key Labour-held marginal constituencies to give an advantage to Brexit Party candidates.

But Mr Farage wanted the Tories to withdraw completely from the seats.

Research by the American think-tank, Pew Research Center, suggests there could be up to 1.2 million migrants - many of whom have overstayed their visas or are failed asylum seekers.

The Times suggest that more than half are from the Asia Pacific region.

The Financial Times warns on its front page that some of the UK's most popular health websites are sharing people's sensitive data with dozens of global companies, which target adverts.

The FT suggests symptoms put into WebMD's checker were shared with Facebook; ovulation cycle data from BabyCenter ended up with Amazon Marketplace, and that most data went to Google's advertising arm, Double-Click.

The companies denied any wrongdoing.

Google insisted no information was used for personalised adverts; Amazon that it wasn't used for advertising. Facebook said it would investigate, saying such a practice would violate its rules.

And finally, the real life James Bond may enjoy a drink, but it will be in a bar in the headquarters of MI6 in central London, rather than a tropical beach hotel, according to the Daily Telegraph.

The head of the Secret Intelligence Service, Sir Alex Younger, explains that spies need to unwind but given that they're not allowed to talk even to their closest friends about their work, they need a place where they can.

Sir Alex tells the paper that the bar is therefore "one of the most exclusive in London".

But he doesn't reveal whether the bar adheres to Bond's recipe for the perfect martini.