Monday’s front pages

May 12, 2008

express12.JPGThere were further potentially damaging revelations about Gordon Brown from within the Labour Party, claims about the rising cost of living, as well as coverage of Manchester United’s Premier League title win on Monday’s front pages.

DAILY EXPRESS: Family Tax Up 51 Percent

The tax burden has risen by 51 percent under Labour and the average family now pays a crippling 20,700 pounds a year, the paper says. Story here

FINANCIAL TIMES: Banks’ Losses to Hit Public Finances

Losses suffered by the country’s largest banks as a result of the global credit turmoil will add further pressure on the public finances by cutting the amount of corporation tax paid by the financial services industry, the paper says. Story here 

THE INDEPENDENT: Strawberry Fields Forsaken

Millions of pounds worth of soft fruit and vegetables are likely to be left to rot in fields this summer because of a shortage of foreign pickers caused by the falling value of the pound and new restrictions on the number of seasonal labourers allowed to enter Britain, farmers’ leaders warned the paper. Story here

THE TIMES: Blair Used Wife’s Grief to Protect Iraq Strategy

The paper, which is covering Cherie Blair’s autobiography, tells how she was astonished by the ruthless manner in which her husband and Alastair Campbell made public within hours the fact that she had lost the baby she was carrying in 2002  in order that a delay in their holiday did not trigger false speculation of an early invasion of Iraq. Story here

THE GUARDIAN: MPs Set to Back New Embryo Research Laws

The paper contacted 109 MPs over new embryo research laws, and says MPs will reject demands for tighter controls on abortion but are ready to allow new laws pushing back the boundary of research on human embryo. Story here

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH: Labour in Turmoil as Levy Warns Brown

There was no let up for Gordon Brown after a weekend of potentially damaging revelations. This time it was Tony Blair’s former fundraiser Lord Levy who said Brown should consider his position as prime minster after a series of disastrous poll results. Story here

THE SUN: Cherie: My Lost Baby

The paper also covers Cherie Blair’s heartbreak at the loss of her baby in a miscarriage. Story here

DAILY MIRROR: How Much Did She Know

The paper continues to ask how much the wife of Josef Fritzl knew about the cellar in which he kept his daughter and where he fathered seven children. Story here

DAILY MAIL: Food Inflation Soars to 19 Percent

The paper also looks at the cost of living, saying millions of families are having to spend almost 1,000 pounds a year extra on food after more punishing price rises. Story here

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