Newspaper headlines: 'Man U ace Maguire nicked' and second lockdown warning

By BBC News
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It reports that Roger Taylor demanded a public statement of support from Gavin Williamson, after Oqual dropped a controversial algorithm in favour of teacher-assessed grades.

But it's Mr Williamson himself who is vulnerable, according to the Financial Times. The paper says three cabinet ministers have told it that the education secretary's political future depends on the success of the full reopening of England's schools next month. "Gav has nowhere to hide if he fails again," says one.

The Daily Telegraph reports the prime minister has had to cut his summer break in Scotland short.

It says there were concerns about his safety, after photos were published of Boris Johnson's holiday cottage, giving away his location. They also revealed a bell tent next to the cottage, in an adjoining field - but the landowner, Kenny Cameron, told reporters that no-one asked his permission to erect it.

Boris Johnson "thought he was going back to Mustique", writes Matt Chorley for a sketch in the Times. But he "borrowed Gavin Williamson's laptop" to book his holiday, and it "was downgraded to a tent in an angry farmer's field".

The Times also carries a warning from a former head of the World Health Organization's cancer programme, Professor Karol Sikora, who says the coronavirus lockdown will "almost certainly" indirectly cause the death of some 30,000 cancer patients.

He says Britain is already too slow at diagnosing patients and therefore Covid-19 will have the "worst effect" on them in Europe. His advice? "Don't get cancer in 2020".

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image captionSignage at the National Trust's Petworth House in West Sussex, as it welcomes back visitors following the coronavirus lockdown

"Is the National Trust turning into a national joke?", asks the Daily Mail, reflecting on a leaked memo, which suggests it should focus less on being a "major cultural institution", and more on, the paper says, "a sort of flashy entertainment provider and 'gateway to the outdoors' for the public."

With suggestions that the Trust will vet properties for links to the slave trade, Charles Moore worries it's becoming too politically correct. Writing in the Telegraph, he argues: "Members are usually fascinated by the family stories in its properties, as part of the human dimension and historical context."

"Covid-19 has provided a crucial opportunity to make drastic changes to tackle the climate crisis", is the headline in The Guardian. It reports this year's Royal Institution Christmas lectures will be on "Planet Earth: A User's Guide".

They will examine "the fundamental role of the oceans and the makeup of the air we breathe". One lecture will be presented by the environmental scientist, Dr Tara Shine. She's quoted as asking: "Are we going to say humans destroyed the planet, or that we just pulled it back from the brink?"

The i, meanwhile, says a "last-minute dash" has begun for sunshine breaks, with Portugal braced for a "tourist invasion" after it was taken off the UK's quarantine list.

"Wet used to it" is the headline in the Daily Mirror, as Britain is hit by Storm Ellen's 70-miles-per-hour winds.

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image captionA man takes a photograph of the waves in Dawlish, Devon as gusts of up to 70mph could hit coastal areas

With a photo of huts blown into the sea at Woolacombe Beach in Devon, it says forecasters predict dramatic swings between extreme weather events will become commonplace.

"Durdle Doorsome" is the headline in the Sun, picturing beachgoers forming a human chain to save a swimmer swept out to sea at Durdle Door in Dorset. "So much for staycations," concludes the Mail.

Elsewhere, the Daily Telegraph has heard a warning from senior government advisers that a second national lockdown could be imposed - with the UK at risk of following Spain's rapid increase in coronavirus cases.