What the papers say – July 5
Drugs and politicans lead the papers on Friday.
The front pages are filled with differing perspectives on drugs, Tory leadership rivals and secret government files found in a London rubbish bin.
Five former Scotland Yard chiefs have written to The Times to say the public has lost faith in the police because of knife and drug crime, with the ex-commissioners blaming it on an “emasculation of policing” under Prime Minister Theresa May.
The Times 5/7/2019— The Times Pictures (@TimesPictures) July 4, 2019
Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she walks near 'Olive' the duck during her visit to Gorgie City Farm in Edinburgh on July 4, 2019. Photo : Andrew Milligan/PA#thetimes #tomorrowspaperstoday #gorgiecityfarm @thetimes pic.twitter.com/LSI9qOB4v1
The Daily Mail leads with a cannabis plantation set up in a former police station near Oldham.
Politicians are backing the Daily Record‘s campaign to decriminalise drugs, with the newspaper quoting SNP MP Pete Wishart as saying it had made an “important contribution”.
Tory leadership frontrunner Boris Johnson’s campaign has received funding from a billionaire whose property development was approved during Mr Johnson’s time as London Mayor, the Daily Mirror reports.
The Daily Telegraph has interviewed Mr Johnson, who says he is “taking nothing for granted” in the battle to be Prime Minister and will “fight for every vote”.
The Sun leads with Mr Johnson’s rival Jeremy Hunt’s plan to build 1.5 million extra homes for young people, while the paper’s front also covers England footballer Dele Alli being carried out of the Greek sun while on holiday.
Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has told the Daily Express that the new Prime Minister must “turbocharge” plans to leave the EU by Halloween, adding that Britain “will be ready” in the event a deal is not reached with Brussels.
Tomorrow's @Daily_Express #frontpage:— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) July 4, 2019
- "We will be ready for no-deal Brexit."
- Public backs free TV licences
for the over-75s
- Oh I say! #Meghan's ace day out with her chums
- Hip, Hop Horary! Sir Andy's back at #Wimbledon #tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/SWXuXeTHpf
The Daily Star leads with the Ministry of Defence launching an investigation after the newspaper found top secret files from Britain’s research facility Porton Down in a London bin.
Tomorrow's @Daily_Star #frontpage— Daily Star (@Daily_Star) July 4, 2019
- EXCLUSIVE: You've bin shamed. Daily Star finds MoD secrets chucked in the rubbish
- Man, 60 killed by his lawnmower
- #LoveIsland's Curtis only loves himself
- Just Jane: Britain's top agony aunt solves your problems#tomorrowspaperstoday pic.twitter.com/GB0L1dDPb4
The Guardian says nearly 700 schools have been referred to the Health and Safety Executive for not safely managing asbestos in their buildings.
Guardian front page, Friday 5 July 2019: Revealed: the asbestos risk at hundreds of schools pic.twitter.com/ev8daIUeF2— The Guardian (@guardian) July 4, 2019
Britain has seized a tanker off Gibraltar alleged to be smuggling Iranian oil to Syria, according to the Financial Times.