What the papers say – August 10
Boris Johnson and Ant McPartlin make headlines.
News that Boris Johnson faces an investigation over his comments on the burka and reaction to the move leads several papers on Friday.
A number also cover Ant McPartlin’s announcement that he will continue to take a break from presenting roles.
The Guardian says Mr Johnson could be expelled or suspended from the party as a result of the probe, while a peer said the process would not stop even if he made an apology.
Guardian front page, Friday 10 August 2018: Johnson facing investigation as burqa row divides Tory party pic.twitter.com/qW0f4GtLuA— The Guardian (@guardian) August 9, 2018
However the i says the party is unlikely to expel the former foreign secretary.
One Tory MP told the Daily Telegraph, the paper in which the article originally appeared, the investigation looked like a “crude and unprincipled kneecap job on the favourite to succeed Theresa May”.
And The Independent reports one backbencher saying the furore has raised the chance of a leadership challenge.
The Sun leads with McPartlin’s announcement that he will continue to take a break from all television presenting roles until 2019.
The Daily Star also runs with the decision, which will see the presenter absent from I’m A Celebrity in November, while Saturday Night Takeaway will not return until 2020.
In other news, The Times leads with findings that only one in 100 banks has passed on a recent interest rate rise in full to all its savers.
The Daily Mirror says a controversial study suggests the recommended daily intake of salt could be at least doubled and remain safe.
The Daily Express says the EU appears to have given a concession to avoid a hard Brexit.
And the Financial Times leads with the Turkish lira’s fall to new lows amid an acrimonious dispute with the US over an American pastor jailed in the country.