Newspaper headlines: Online ‘crackdown’ and election prediction

i front page 12/02/19

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The i leads on calls for a “crackdown” on tech giants as part of the “battle against fake news”. A new regulator for online platforms to ensure they root out false reports is among the recommendations in a government review into the future of the UK news industry.

Telegraph front page 12/02/19

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The Telegraph’s front page also reports on calls for more regulation of social media companies. The paper says the NSPCC wants to see criminal sanctions and unlimited fines for firms that fail to protect children from dangers online including sex abuse, self-harm content and bullying.

The Times front page

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There is some good news for the Conservatives on the front page of the Times, which reports that Theresa May would win a working majority if a general election were held today. The prediction is based on YouGov modelling that correctly forecast the 2017 hung parliament. But the paper says Mrs May would still struggle to push through her Brexit policies because of “deep Tory splits”.

The Sun front page 12/02/19

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Meanwhile the Sun reports that Mrs May plans to resign this summer after delivering Brexit. The paper says cabinet sources believe the prime minister wants to quit in a position of relative strength so she can influence who succeeds her. The paper’s main story is an investigation into a legal gadget which allowed its team to steal 10 cars in moments.

The Guardian front page 12/02/19

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Chancellor Philip Hammond’s claim that Britain will gain an economic dividend from the government’s Brexit deal has been rejected by an influential group of MPs, the Guardian reports. The criticism from the Treasury select committee came after official figures revealed the UK suffered its worst year for GDP growth since 2012, the paper says.

Financial Times front page 12/02/19

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The Financial Times also leads on concerns over the UK economy. The paper says the chancellor is “preparing for the worst” after weaker than expected growth figures and business anxiety over the state of Brexit negotiations.

Daily Mirror front page 12/02/19

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“It’s all our fault” is the Daily Mirror’s headline. The paper reports that Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has admitted that the increased use of food banks is partly down to problems with the rollout of universal credit.

Metro front page 12/02/19

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The Metro reports that a suspect in the disappearance of student Libby Squire has appeared in court over unrelated offences. Pawel Relowicz, 24, denied the charges of voyeurism, outraging public decency and burglary. The 21-year-old University of Hull student has been missing for 10 days and was last seen after a night out.

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The Daily Mail leads on a story about an NHS nurse who died of cervical cancer after being given the all-clear six times. Julie O’Connor filmed a video with her husband just three days before her death, where they condemned the failure to diagnose her illness.

Daily Express front page 12/02/19

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The Daily Express says millions of Britons could be left struggling to pay for essentials as almost 500 ATMs disappear each month. The paper warns a “cashless landscape” could bring “misery”, particularly for pensioners.

Daily Star front page 12/02/19

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Jesus was in fact a “Greek philosopher” according to a documentary which will air on Amazon Prime, the Daily Star reports. The streaming service is set to show 2016’s Biblical Conspiracies, which claims the “real son of God” is a Greek man called Apollonius of Tyan.

The Guardian reports that Theresa May hopes to convince the Commons to give her another fortnight’s grace to keep pushing for changes to her Brexit withdrawal agreement – in spite of the EU’s refusal to give in to her demands.

The paper thinks she is unlikely to signal any shift towards a closer future relationship with the EU when she addresses MPs later.

Describing her talks in Brussels last week, an unnamed ally of Mrs May tells the Financial Times: “We had a series of meetings where they effectively told us they were not prepared to give us the things that we need.”

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Mrs May is due to make a statement to Parliament ahead of an expected debate on Thursday on the next steps for Brexit

Huffpost UK claims a no-deal Brexit is now the prime minister’s fallback plan to save her party and herself, if she can’t rescue her withdrawal agreement.

It says some of those who know her best say she is “thinking the unthinkable”, after deciding in recent weeks that jumping off the cliff may somehow have a softer landing than expected.

According to a report in the Sun, cabinet ministers believe Mrs May is preparing to resign as prime minister this summer – after delivering Brexit – so she can influence the choice of her successor.

It says she’s hinted as much to two senior figures, including International Trade Secretary Liam Fox. The Sun says the plan will be seen as an attempt to stop Boris Johnson becoming prime minister.

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Research by the pollster, YouGov, for the Times, predicts that Mrs May would win a working majority if a general election were held today. The poll of 40,000 adults last week – combined with the demographics of individual constituencies – suggests Labour would lose 12 seats while the Tories would gain four.

The Times says parliament would still be highly unstable and the prime minister would struggle to push through her policies, particularly on Brexit.

NHS nurse ‘let down’

The Daily Mail highlights the case of a nurse who died from cervical cancer after mistakenly being given the all-clear six times. The Mail says 49-year-old Julie O’Connor was “let down by the NHS she loved”.

It adds that she recorded what it calls a heartbreaking video with her husband three days before she died, saying it was “disgusting” that she was suffering.

The admission by Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd that the roll-out of universal credit has led to an increase in the use of food banks is the main story for the Independent and the Daily Mirror. “It’s all our fault” is the Mirror’s headline.

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Amber Rudd took over the Department for Work and Pensions in November 2018

The Daily Telegraph draws attention to proposals by the NSPCC for criminal sanctions on social media companies that breach a duty of care to their users.

The charity wants to see a regulator with powers to fine tech firms millions of pounds if they fail to prevent children being harmed online.

Vanishing ATMs

The Daily Express focuses on a report warning that millions of people could be left struggling to pay for essentials because of the closure of cash machines and bank branches.

According to figures obtained by the consumer group, Which?, ATMs vanished at a rate of nearly 500 a month in the second half of last year.

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Researchers believe the contraceptive pill could have an impact on the parts of the brain involved in emotional processing

Finally, the Times highlights a study that suggests taking the contraceptive pill can impair a woman’s ability to read other people’s emotions from their facial expressions.

Women involved in the research were shown images of faces; those taking oral contraceptives were consistently worse at deciphering complex feelings such as pride or contempt.

The researchers think the difference may be down to the pill’s effect on hormones which influence regions of the brain involved in emotional processing.

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