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Newspaper headlines: MPs 'flouted 10pm curfew', and young jobs 'crisis'

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The Sunday Telegraph's main story is of a "flagrant breach", as the paper describes it, of self-isolation rules by the former prime minister Tony Blair.

Under the headline "Blair accused of breaking quarantine rules with US trip", Mr Blair is pictured leaving a Mayfair restaurant 10 days after he returned from a two-day trip to the White House.

The paper says that, while Whitehall officials were consulted, a special dispensation was never issued.

Mr Blair says he was never a risk and that he was advised to follow rules exempting diplomats, which he did.

The finger pointing continues in the Mail on Sunday.

"MPs did flout 10pm bar curfew" it declares after confirmation from an official inquiry that politicians drank their way past 22:00 in the Commons bar while the public had to go without.

The paper says there is still an ongoing cover up about whether or not Matt Hancock was present, as inquiry officials did not ask, and a spokesman for the health secretary refused to answer the question - despite being asked 30 times.

The Sunday Express also runs the story reporting that the Tory MP behind the inquiry, Charles Walker, refused to identify the MPs involved as it would be "invidious".

The former chairman of the Standards Committee, Sir Alistair Graham, disagrees.

"If they're trying to apply rules in a rigorous way," he asks "why shouldn't they ask staff which MPs they were serving?"

Online, the Independent leads with a poll which suggests that only a third of the public who responded backed Boris Johnson to lead the UK's Covid response.

It claims that both the PM and Mr Hancock have lost the trust of the British public while the poll shows that Labour's Sir Keir Starmer, Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon and Chancellor Rishi Sunak all received higher trust ratings.

An unusual counterpoint of praise comes from Nigel Farage writing in the Sunday Express.

"It took time, but Boris has reached the right solution on Brexit" he concludes, referring to the PM's ultimatum to Brussels and declaration that talks were over.

The campaigner and Brexit Party leader believes there is still a 75% probability of a negotiated deal based on the EU treaty, but he insists that, regardless, being completely free of the EU is still the best route to future prosperity.

A claim Downing Street delivered an "extraordinary peerage snub" to Britain's first black archbishop makes the front page of the Sunday Times.

Lord Woolley tells the paper that the failure to award the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, the customary automatic life peerage, on retirement is, "scandalous".

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image captionDonald Trump, pictured in 2006, playing golf near Aberdeen

And there is "fury" in Aberdeenshire according to the Observer over a decision to grant full planning permission for Donald Trump's second golf course on the Menie estate.

The development has faced stiff opposition after concerns were raised about the impact of the first course in a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

But planners decided the MacLeod course - named after the president's mother - would bring significant social and economic benefits.

Conservationists say it is further "vandalism and destruction" of Scotland's natural heritage.