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What the papers say – February 23

Political machinations make the front pages of many Saturday papers.

What the papers say – February 23 (PA)
What the papers say – February 23 (PA)

A range of stories make the front pages on Saturday, with Brexit, “Jihadi Jack” and the Sussexes all making headlines.

The Times leads with reports that housebuilder Persimmon may lose the right to sell Help to Buy homes, adding that Housing Secretary James Brokenshire is “worried about the company’s behaviour after a string of complaints”.

The Daily Telegraph carries an interview with Jack Letts – who left Oxford and was captured in Syria and accused of joining IS – saying that he misses his mother and wants to return to the UK.

The also carries the interview with Jihadi Jack, who said he misses pasties and Doctor Who.

The Guardian writes that Cabinet members will “make it clear” to Theresa May that she should step down as Prime Minister after the local elections in May.

The Financial Times reports that the Serious Fraud Office has shelved probes into Rolls-Royce and GlaxoSmithKline.

The Independent reports that the newly-formed Independent Group would back Mrs May in any vote of no-confidence.

The Daily Mirror reports on safety fears for Harry and Meghan who are due to fly into “riot-torn” Rabat in Morocco.

The Sun leads with the unmasking of the killer of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail.

The Daily Mail writes that three “senior ministers” have said they will defy Mrs May unless there’s a breakthrough on a Brexit deal next week.



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