Newspaper headlines: Election debate sparks reaction


Newspaper headlines: Election debate sparks reaction


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The Times reports that Theresa May will pitch herself as the unifying leader of a “great national mission” in a speech on Thursday. The paper says she will seek to “rise above accusations of political cowardice after her refusal to take part in a debate with the other party leaders” on Wednesday night.

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The Guardian describes the debate as fractious, saying that Jeremy Corbyn challenged Amber Rudd over the impact of the government’s spending cuts. “The Labour leader took on the home secretary – standing in for Theresa May, who had refused to turn up – over the government’s economic record in a scrappy, 90-minute, seven-way BBC debate,” reports the paper.

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“Ambush,” exclaims the i. The paper says Ms Rudd was targeted by her rivals during the debate.

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The Daily Mail says the BBC has been accused by the New Statesman’s political editor George Eaton of picking “the most left-wing” election debate audience ever. Senior Tories reacted furiously after the supposedly “balanced” group jeered criticism of Mr Corbyn on the programme, the Mail adds.

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The Daily Express says Mrs May has warned that Mr Corbyn is plotting “uncontrolled” immigration if he wins the election. Labour said the leaked paper which the story was based on was not a policy document.

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The Daily Telegraph leads with HMRC figures that suggest a record number of people are now paying the highest rate of income tax. “This is due to wage inflation sending incomes above the tax threshold of £150,000 a year and reductions in the pension tax relief available to high earners,” the paper explains.

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The Daily Mirror reports that a health chief has warned that Conservative cuts are leaving the NHS penniless. According to the Mirror, Dr Mark Porter said: “The money has run out. This is a disgraceful failure of our patients.”

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The Metro leads on the jailing for 15 years of breast surgeon Ian Paterson ,who carried out needless cancer operations. There are calls for a public inquiry after it emerged the NHS has paid almost £18m to about 800 of his patients, reports the Metro.

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The Financial Times says China and the EU have forged a green alliance to combat climate change and counteract any retreat from international action by Donald Trump. The paper calls it a stark realignment of forces.

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The Sun leads on a court case involving a former BBC radio presenter accused of child sex offences. Julie Wadsworth, 60, and her husband Tony deny assaulting seven boys in the 1990s.

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The Daily Star claims a terrified mother was left paralysed with fear after coming face-to-face with a black panther as she walked through woods. Emma Adam, 29, tells the paper: “Now I’m scared to even leave the house.”

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