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Newspaper headlines: Covid contracts 'concern' and 'plan to save Christmas'

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image captionSome of the newspapers lead on what Christmas could look like this year

The launch of the government's "green industrial revolution" is the lead for several papers - with the Times and the Mail focusing on the ban on new petrol and diesel cars from 2030.

The Mail says it's to start a decade earlier than originally planned - and its headline emphasises that the change is not far off: "End of road for petrol and diesel cars in just nine years."

But the paper also points out that with electric vehicles costing far more than conventional models, the plan could hit the poor.

At present, the Times explains, the upfront cost of electric cars can be about £10,000 above petrol and diesel equivalents, mainly because of battery production.

Writing in the Financial Times, Boris Johnson says his plan will turn the UK into the world's number one centre for green technology and finance, creating the foundations for decades of economic growth.

Jeremy Corbyn's reinstatement to the Labour Party is the main story for the Telegraph. It says Sir Keir Starmer is facing mutiny from his MPs over the move - and at least one MP is threatening to resign if the whip is restored to him.

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image captionLabour has readmitted former leader Jeremy Corbyn as a member following his suspension last month

The Guardian chooses as its main story the National Audit Office report that says PPE suppliers with political connections were directed to a "high-priority" channel for UK government contracts.

According to the paper, the report found that almost 500 suppliers were referred to the channel, where their pitches for contracts were automatically treated as credible.

The Telegraph reports that France is understood to have accepted that its fishing rights in UK waters would be reduced after the Brexit transition period ends - lowering one of the biggest hurdles in the path of a trade deal.

The paper says it's understood that both sides are working from common texts and recently exchanged proposals over fishing rights.

A source on the British side of the negotiations is quoted as saying: "It could be clear by Monday or Tuesday whether we are going to get a deal".

The Express, the i and the Sun lead on what a normal Christmas might look like this year.

According to the Sun, the aim is to bring the UK under a common rule that would allow households to mix indoors for a limited period.

It says ministers are considering reuniting families over a run of five days, starting on Christmas Eve.

"Five days of Christmas", is the paper's headline. The story continues on one of the inside pages - where the headline is: "Just when you thought you didn't have to invite the in-laws".

The Mirror reports that Sir Geoff Hurst has offered to donate his brain for dementia research after his death.

The former England striker - who scored a hat-trick in the 1966 World Cup final - is campaigning for a ban on children heading footballs in a bid to stop them developing Alzheimer's.

The paper says Sir Geoff believes players from his era have suffered from Alzheimer's because of regular heading in matches and training.

Finally, there might be a chance to watch a live football match within weeks.

The Express reports that officials have drawn up proposals for a phased return of supporters to sports venues when lockdown in England ends on 2 December.

According to the Telegraph, four-figure crowds in low-infection areas are seen in Whitehall as an immediate post-lockdown option.