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What the papers say – February 20

The closure of 700 KFC stores after the chain ran out of chicken features prominently on the front pages.

Tuesday’s papers carry a mixed bag of news, from a chicken crisis to Brexit predictions and the sentencing of paedophile football coach Barry Bennell.

Under the headline “Kentucky Fried Closed”, The Sun reports on the closure of 700 KFC stores after the fast food chain ran out of chicken in what the paper calls a “huge delivery cock-up”.

The poultry shortage also makes the front of the Financial Times under the headline: “KFC in a flap after British supply chain failure leaves chicken at home to roost”.

The Duchess of Cambridge is pictured on the front of the Daily Mail, as she met with Stella McCartney at a Buckingham Palace reception to showcase a new fashion initiative.

Kate is also featured on the front of the Telegraph, admiring one of McCartney’s creations in collaboration with an Indian artisan weaving company.

Jeremy Corbyn also leads the paper as it reports that the Prime Minister has urged the Labour leader to be “open and transparent” about alleged links to former Communist spies. Mr Corbyn has previously said any claim he was “an agent, asset or informer for any intelligence agency is entirely false and a ridiculous smear”.

Brexit is back on the agenda as David Davis heads to Austria to address business leaders. The Guardian reports the Brexit Secretary will say that concerns the Tories “will plunge Britain into a ‘Mad Max-style world borrowed from dystopian fiction’ after leaving the EU are unfounded”.

The i also leads on Brexit and says that former deputy prime minister Damian Green is demanding his former colleagues release EU withdrawal data to the public.

The Metro leads on the sentencing of convicted paedophiles Barry Bennell and Matthew Falder. Bennell was jailed for 30 years and branded the “the devil incarnate” by a judge, while Falder received a 32-year jail sentence for blackmailing a string of vulnerable victims.

The Times reports on the possibility that university students could have their final-year exams cancelled after academics announced plans to escalate strikes.

And the Daily Mirror‘s organ donation campaign continues with an interview with former footballer Andy Cole, who has urged MPs to vote for an opt-out system after he himself underwent a kidney transplant.


From Belfast Telegraph