Newspaper headlines: Tower 'death traps' and EU migrant rights


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The Guardian says a “frantic race” is on to find out if tower blocks in the UK are clad in the same flammable panels believed to have fuelled the Grenfell Tower fire.

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Empics

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The i says hundreds of high-rise towers are clad in materials “identical” to Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, leaving tens of thousands of tenants living in potentially unsafe accommodation.

Mirror front page

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The Mirror says 600 high-rise blocks are “tower deathtraps” as a result of having similar cladding to Grenfell. It says Labour’s Harriet Harman thought the figure was “chilling”.

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The Sun says thousands of families are “living in fear” after they were told their tower blocks had “Grenfell-style cladding”. It says the 11 blocks identified by local authorities so far is “certain to rise”.

The Times front page

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According to the Times, Russian internet hackers have been selling the passwords of British cabinet ministers.

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The Daily Telegraph writes that more than three million EU citizens living in the UK will be given the right to stay permanently after Brexit. But it adds that Mrs May wants the deal to be reciprocal for Britons living elsewhere in the EU.

Daily Mail front page

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The Daily Mail says the PM has “made clear” that her offer to give EU nationals the same rights as British citizens will be adopted if the same rights are guaranteed to Britons living in the other 27 member states.

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The FT describes Mrs May as “weakened” as it reports her offer to EU citizens on its front page. The paper also says moves by China’s banking regulator to tell lenders to assess their exposure to risky financing methods has caused shares in the some China-listed companies to fall.

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The Star shows a blurred image of a big cat, saying that the “terrifying” photo – taken by a cab driver – was taken in an area strewn with dead deer.

The Financial Times says Theresa May’s offer to Brussels to allow three million EU citizens to stay in the UK shows a “weakened” prime minister, trying to regain the initiative on Brexit.

According to the FT, diplomats are privately raising the prospect of her proving unable to deliver Brexit with a hung Parliament and a divided cabinet.

The Daily Mail says Mrs May promised EU leaders last night that she would remain as prime minister until the Brexit talks are completed.

The Daily Telegraph reports her proposal comes as she attempts to keep pro-European Conservative MPs onside following the election.

The Guardian says the PM is under pressure to take a less combative approach towards Brexit.

For the Daily Express, a “tough-talking Theresa May” made a generous offer in a bid to show the UK wants a friendly relationship with the EU.

The Sun says Mrs May issued a threat to “kick out” newly-arrived EU nationals unless Brussels drops demands for the European Court of Justice to meddle in UK affairs.

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“Thousands more living in tower deathtraps” is the Daily Mirror’s front page headline. The Sun also chooses to lead with the cladding safety checks that have been ordered following the Grenfell tragedy.

The paper says “600 Tower Fire Traps” have left thousands of people living in fear. The Sun warns the government that it will be at fault if it does not rapidly evacuate and rehouse every family at risk.

The Daily Express reports the tests means thousands of people could be evacuated if their buildings are ruled to be “potential deathtraps”.

According to the Daily Mail, councils are braced for what could be one of Britain’s biggest peacetime evacuations.

The Daily Telegraph says it is astonishing that so many people are waiting so long for an answer as to whether their homes are safe to inhabit.

“Frantic race to test panels on suspect towers” is the Guardian’s front page headline.

Two-mile sniper

The Sun and Mail report on the Canadian special forces sniper who shot dead a fighter with the so-called Islamic State group in Iraq, from more than two miles away.

The Sun calculates the distance is the equivalent of 33 Wembley football pitches.

The Mail says this beats the previous record of more than 1.5 miles held by a British sniper, and that the bullet the Canadian soldier fired took almost 10 seconds to reach its target.

Password sale

The Times reports an investigation by the paper which has revealed that passwords belonging to British cabinet ministers, ambassadors and senior police officers have been traded online by Russian hackers.

Among the victims are Education Secretary Justine Greening and Business Secretary Greg Clark.

The Times says the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has responded by reissuing guidance to government departments.

Why’s Blofeld gone?

“I’m declaring at 77,” announces Henry Blofeld to the Mail.

The legendary voice of cricket tells the paper he is retiring from BBC Radio 4 and 5 live’s Test Match Special after more than 45 years.

The paper says he will commentate on three more Test matches, then step down in September. Blowers says: “It’s time to say goodbye.”

He adds he has to bow out when people are going to say, “Why has Henry Blofeld gone?” not, “Why the hell hasn’t he gone?”



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