Newspaper headlines: Row over NHS cash pledge and PM’s Huawei 5G ‘ban’

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While many of Sunday’s front pages look back at the reopening of pubs in England on Saturday, several papers lead on their own exclusives. The Observer says NHS bosses have accused the chancellor of breaking a pledge to give the health service “whatever it takes” by refusing a £10bn cash injection needed to avoid it being crippled by a second wave of coronavirus. The Treasury declined to discuss its ongoing negotiations with NHS leaders, the paper says.

The Sunday Telegraph front page 05.07.20

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The Sunday Telegraph dedicates its picture slot to drinkers celebrating in Borough Market, south London, but its main story is about tech firm Huawei. The paper reports the prime minister is expected to begin phasing out the use of Huawei’s technology in Britain’s 5G network as soon as this year. It says GCHQ is “understood to have revised its previous assurance that the risks posed by the Chinese company can be safely managed”.

The Mail on Sunday front page 05.07.20

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The Mail on Sunday celebrates Saturday’s easing of lockdown rules in England, which also allowed marriage ceremonies – with a limited number of guests – to go ahead. The paper describes it as “the day Britain smiled again” after 104 days of life on hold.

Daily Star front page 05.07.20

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“Queasy like Sunday morning” is the headline in the Daily Star Sunday, as it says thirsty punters took full advantage of bars opening. The paper offers a free sick bag for every reader nursing a hangover.

The Sunday People front page 05.07.20

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The Sunday People says people were “boozing for Britain” as it reports drinkers spent £210m as pubs reopened. It also features a photo of locals making a toast at a pub in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, dressed in white protective suits alongside the caption “safety first”.

The Sunday Times front page 05.07.20

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The Sunday Times leads on an investigation into the activities of the fast fashion giant Boohoo and its label Nasty Gal. In response, the company said it would investigate the claims and said Nasty Gal “does not allow any of its suppliers to pay less than the minimum wage”.

The Daily Mirror front page 05.07.20

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The Daily Mirror runs an interview with a friend of Ghislaine Maxwell. Ms Maxwell is expected to appear in court in New York on charges of helping Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual exploitation of girls and young women, and also perjury. She has previously denied any wrongdoing.

The easing of lockdown restrictions in England features on most of the front pages, but several papers lead on their own exclusives.

The Observer says the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, is under fire for refusing to give another £10bn to the NHS, despite his pledge to provide the health service with “whatever it needs”.

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Rishi Sunak will make a statement on spending in the Commons on Wednesday

NHS bosses tell the paper the money is needed to prepare for winter and a possible second wave of the virus. According to the paper, the row is piling pressure on the chancellor to find more money – but talks have reached an impasse and the two sides are “nowhere near an agreement”.

The Sunday Telegraph reports that the Chinese technology firm, Huawei, will be banned from the UK’s 5G network within months.

The paper says Boris Johnson is poised to announce a “major about-turn” on the use of the technology, which was only approved in January.

A GCHQ report due to land on Mr Johnson’s desk this week is expected to raise new concerns about security – leading him towards a “dramatic reversal”.

According to the paper, the prime minister is facing “his biggest backbench uprising yet”, with Conservative MPs threatening a parliamentary “insurgency” if the government fails to take a tougher approach to Huawei – and China as a whole.

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As England’s lockdown eased further, the papers featured photos of happy newlyweds and customers queuing outside pubs.

For the Mail on Sunday it was “the day Britain smiled again” – after 104 days of life on hold. So-called Super Saturday was a “joyful success”, the paper says, after “fears of mayhem quickly evaporated”.

The Sunday People claims drinkers alone spent £210m, bringing a much needed boost to pub landlords. The Sunday Mirror sounds a note of caution. Soho in central London was like “one big street party”, says the paper, with scant regard for social distancing.

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Crowds filled the street in Soho, central London

The Independent carries a warning from the Labour MP, Jess Phillips, of “glaring holes” in the government’s new Domestic Abuse Bill. She tells the paper the new legislation leaves some women’s lives at risk by failing to protect migrants or victims of abuse in the workplace.

The paper says campaigners are calling for urgent changes to the legislation when it returns to the Commons this week.

The Sunday Times reports that theatres will not open until next year, with thousands of job losses across the sector looming.

Quoting a government source, the paper says venues will be encouraged to “aggressively mothball” until they can reopen in 2021 without social distancing.

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The National Theatre was one of many to be covered in tape recently to highlight the struggling performing arts sector

The source says discussions are still ongoing in Whitehall – but any help for the arts will be limited.

It’s now accepted, says the paper, that its curtains for this year’s panto season.

The Observer says the Treasury is considering radical plans to give every adult in Britain a voucher worth £500 to spend in sectors of the economy worst hit by coronavirus, such as hospitality, and face-to-face retail.

Children would get £250. The paper says a similar scheme is already up and running in China.

And returning to the easing of lockdown restrictions across England, the Sunday Times takes a moment to think of the wildlife that’s enjoyed free rein over our towns and cities for the last three months.

Animals and birds have “had a field day” says the paper in its editorial.

Pelicans were spotted on Birdcage Walk in London back in April. Some sheep found their way to McDonalds in Ebbw Vale. But now “the party’s over” – the humans are “seizing back the streets”.

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