The Sun front page 02/03/19
Image caption It’s a mix of stories on Saturday’s front pages, with no one story dominating. The Sun leads on reports that Meghan Markle told friends she wants to avoid gender stereotypes when raising her baby and use a “fluid” approach to parenting. Officials said the story was “totally false”.
i front page 02/03/19
Image caption “Boost for PM as hardliners move behind Brexit deal,” says the i newspaper. It reports that pro-Brexit Conservatives are softening their opposition as the DUP seeks a compromise which would allow them to back Theresa May in a Commons vote on her deal.
The Guardian front page - 02/03/19
Image caption The Guardian splashes on calls for “beleaguered” Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to resign after the government was forced into a “humiliating” £33m out-of-court settlement over a “botched” ferry deal.
Daily Mail front page 02/03/19
Image caption Thousands of crime suspects are carrying out further offences despite being under police investigation, according to the Daily Mail. The paper details one case in which a thief was accused of carrying out 107 offences within three months of his initial arrest.
Daily Star front page - 02/03/19
Image caption The Daily Star says 80mph gales, torrential rain and plunging temperatures are set to hit Britain this weekend. Storm Freya may even bring snow, according to the paper, just days after the end of the hottest February in history.
Daily Mirror front page 02/03/19
Image caption One year on from the poisoning of the Sergei and Yulia Skripal, the Daily Mirror leads on a picture story of an MoD aide placing flowers on the graves of Mr Skripal’s wife and son. The paper says they feel they cannot visit the cemetery in Salisbury as they fear they are still targets.
Daily Express front page - 02/03/19
Image caption “Harry’s little hero is denied lifeline drug,” the Daily Express says. The image of Ollie Carroll, eight, in the arms of Prince Harry in 2016 “captured the hearts of the nation”, the paper says. The boy’s parents now say they will appeal against the NHS’s refusal to take over the funding of his life-saving drugs.
Financial Times 02/03/19
Image caption The Financial Times reports that fashion chain LK Bennett, whose customers include the Duchess of Cambridge and Theresa May, is set to fall into administration. Meanwhile, its lead story claims Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man face a financial transparency crackdown.
The Times front page 02/03/19
Image caption “Holiday prices plunge,” says the Times, as it reports on record discounts on Easter breaks. The paper says tour operators are offering “unprecedented” discounts of up to 24%, following a fall in bookings caused by fears of “Brexit travel chaos”.
Daily Telegraph 02/03/19
Image caption “Bloody Sunday veterans set to be charged with murder,” is Daily Telegraph’s main headline. The paper reports that former paratroopers will be told in two weeks’ time whether they will face trial for the deaths of 14 civilians 47 years ago.

Saturday’s papers won’t make comfortable reading for Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, after the scrapping of a controversial Brexit ferry deal forced the government into a £33m out-of-court settlement with Eurotunnel.

The Guardian says the “beleaguered” minister is under mounting pressure to resign after a series of failures in the job.

The Daily Express describes him as “embattled” and “hapless”, while the Daily Mail gives him the unwanted nickname: “Failing Grayling”.

But it also quotes allies of the transport secretary as insisting that it is unfair to single him out for blame as the ferry contract was awarded as a result of a decision by ministers across departments.

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However, for the Times Mr Grayling’s “incompetence has gone on too long”. It says his gaffes stand out even in a government as “fractious and undistinguished as this one” – and he’s a “liability to the public purse”.

The Sun is a little more circumspect. The transport secretary, it says, is not alone in his “grim record of failure”. But none of those responsible is any danger of being fired by a prime minister “barely clinging to office”.

Criminals ‘reoffending after arrest’

The Mail leads with a report that suspected criminals are carrying out thousands of further offences while under police investigation.

Alleged killers, rapists and burglars are said to be among those who reoffend after being arrested – taking advantage of new rules under which suspects are released without any restrictions on their liberty.

According to figures the paper says it has obtained through freedom of information requests, one in every seven is rearrested on suspicion of committing another offence.

The Mail explains that the new rules were introduced two years ago to limit stricter police bail conditions and stop officers taking months to decide whether to bring charges.

Skripals still ‘fear for their lives’

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Image caption Yulia and Sergei Skripal feel they cannot visit the graves of their their loved ones in Salibury

A year on from the poisoning of the former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury, the Daily Mirror leads with a picture of a Ministry of Defence aide placing flowers on the graves of Mr Skripal’s wife and son.

The paper says he and his daughter feel they cannot visit the cemetery in the city because they fear they are still targets of President Vladimir Putin’s assassins.

Moscow has denied any involvement.

The Mirror reports that the Skripals remain in hiding in England – but may have to be moved to the US to start new lives with secret identities.

Queen seen with bruised hand

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Image caption The Queen was hosting Queen Rania of Jordan and King Abdullah II of Jordan and other family members

A number of papers carry pictures of the Queen hosting King Abdullah of Jordan and his family at Buckingham Palace.

The Express and the Daily Star say she sparked concerns about her health by sporting a large purple bruise on her left hand.

However, the Express adds that doctors advise the bruise was probably a minor injury highlighted by the thinning of the skin with age.

The Queen’s former press secretary, Dickie Arbiter, tells the Sun: “The Queen is tough. She has had a full diary this week, which suggests we need not be concerned.”


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