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The Papers: Scientists ‘not fooled’ by PM and ‘end knife hell’

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Image caption Boris Johnson’s announcement of a fast-track visa scheme designed to attract the world’s elite scientists makes the front page of the i. The prime minister wants to show the UK will not close its borders after it leaves the EU, the paper says.
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Image caption But the Times says top scientists reacted to Mr Johnson’s visa scheme by warning: “Don’t take us for fools.” It quotes Nobel laureate Prof Sir Andre Geim saying leaving the EU, particularly without a deal, would cause long-lasting damage to the UK’s status as a world leader in science.
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Image caption In another policy pledge, the prime minister has vowed to restore “power” to frontline police after an officer was stabbed by an attacker with a machete in east London, the Daily Express says. The paper brands the move as Mr Johnson’s “blitz on violent thugs”.
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Image caption The Sun calls the wounded officer “Britain’s hardest cop” for his “heroic” struggle to overpower the knifeman. The officer, who is expected to make a full recovery, managed to Taser the suspect despite being slashed in the head.
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Image caption The Mirror focuses on young people as a way into the knife crime story. It says a group of young people left devastated by violent attacks have demanded Mr Johnson implement a 12-point plan to make streets safer and “end our knife hell”.
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Image caption The pledges the prime minister has made to police, schools and the NHS have led Chancellor Sajid Javid to announce a fast-tracked spending review – which, according to the Daily Telegraph, could be a sign Mr Johnson is preparing for a general election as early as November.
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Image caption But Labour hope they can oust Mr Johnson before then. Jeremy Corbyn’s latest effort to prevent the PM from forcing through a no-deal Brexit is the Guardian’s lead. Mr Corbyn urged a senior civil servant to intervene if Mr Johnson tried to stay in post in the event he lost a confidence vote.
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Image caption Marking a departure from politics, Britain’s “extreme summer weather” is the lead story in the Metro. Just weeks after the hottest day on record in the UK, the country is now set to be lashed by storms and 60mph gales, the paper says.
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Image caption The maker of Heinz ketchup and Philadelphia cream cheese has seen its shares and profits tumble as more shoppers shun its brands, the Financial Times reports. Kraft Heinz’s new chief executive said he wants a “comprehensive review” that could involve selling some brands.
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Image caption In the Daily Mail, Wayne Rooney is criticised by the Church of England for allowing his team’s kit to promote gambling. Derby County – the striker’s new club – has made a £7.8m deal with online casino 32Red. The Church said players should use their influence to reject such adverts.
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Image caption Finally, Strictly Come Dancing champion Darren Gough is quoted in the Daily Star as saying he feared he had 40 minutes left to live after being stung by a scorpion. The former cricketer was hurt while on safari in Africa – where some venomous stings can kill if not treated urgently.

Several papers focus on Jeremy Corbyn’s attempt to get Britain’s most senior civil servant to rule out the possibility of Boris Johnson forcing a no-deal Brexit in the middle of an election campaign.

The Independent website says there are mounting fears that Downing Street will try to deliver Brexit by 31 October “by any means necessary” – even if Mr Johnson’s government has lost a vote of no confidence.

The article adds that the Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox, is understood to believe there is no legal basis to prevent such a departure from the EU, even if there is a general election at that point.

The Brexiteer MP Peter Bone tells the Daily Express that Labour is “clutching at straws”.

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Image caption Attorney General Geoffrey Cox is understood to believe there is no legal basis to stop Mr Johnson from pushing though a no-deal Brexit

Writing for the Spectator, James Forsyth is convinced we’re heading for a 1 November election. He argues Mr Johnson’s camp is willing to “push the constitutional boundaries” so the prime minister would not resign if he lost a no confidence vote in September.

Instead, he would have two weeks to try to put together a parliamentary majority – and if that failed, he would be able to call an election after Britain’s official exit date. Mr Forsyth believes Mr Johnson has been preparing for an election from the moment he arrived in Downing Street.

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The issue of knife violence gets plenty of coverage after a police officer making a routine check was wounded in east London – but still ensured the suspect was arrested.

The Sun’s front page calls him “Britain’s toughest cop”. The Times reports that attacks on officers rose by 18% to more than 30,000 in the year to March.

One senior officer tells the paper criminals no longer fear the police. The Daily Mirror has pictures of young campaigners who have all been affected by violence. The paper urges Mr Johnson to read their 12-point plan to make our streets safer.

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Image caption Young people affected by violence have outlined a 12-point plan for the prime minister to make streets safer

The Guardian reports hundreds of Chinese schoolchildren have been illegally drafted in to meet production targets for Amazon’s Alexa devices.

The paper says it has seen documents alleging many of the children have been forced to work nights and overtime – in breach of China’s labour laws.

The workers are mainly teenagers from schools and technical colleges. Amazon’s supplier, Foxconn, admitted students had been employed illegally, but said it was taking immediate action to fix the situation.

And there are plenty of royal photos of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children at a charity sailing event on the Isle of Wight.

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Image caption This image of Princess Charlotte and the Duchess of Cambridge featured in many newspapers

The Daily Telegraph pictures four-year-old Charlotte sticking her tongue out in what it calls “a departure from royal etiquette”.

The Daily Mail shows Prince William apparently amused that his wife is holding a large wooden spoon for finishing last.

But it is Prince George who gets most of the attention, pictured in a sailor’s cap with his front teeth missing.

The Sun calls him “Gap-tain George” while the Daily Mirror caption reads: “Prince George needs a crown”.


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