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What the papers say – June 11

Conservative leadership jostling and licence fee means-testing for pensioners are on the fronts.

What the papers say – June 11 (PA)
What the papers say – June 11 (PA)

Tuesday’s papers are led by a range of stories including the latest battles for the Conservative leadership and “outrage” at means-testing for TV licences for over-75s.

The Times and The Independent have Boris Johnson coming in for criticism by Tory leadership rivals over his plan to give tax cuts to the wealthy.

Michael Gove refused to address the subject of cocaine as he turned his attention towards his rivalry with Mr Johnson, The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph and Metro report.

The Sun  leads with an assessment by some unnamed MPs of comments made by Mr Gove.

The Financial Times takes a broader view of the Conservative race, noting 10 Tories are seeking to replace Theresa May as Prime Minister. Jeremy Hunt is quoted in a thinly veiled attack on Mr Johnson, his predecessor at the Foreign Office, saying “a serious moment calls for a serious leader”.

The Daily Mirror and Daily Mail lead with “outrage” over plans to charge 3.7 million old age pensioners for TV licences, with the latter describing the decision to break a 2017 pledge by the Tories as a “cruel move”.

Online trolls have accused Olympic gold medallist Sam Quek of sexism after she said the BBC’s Women’s World Cup panel were “beautiful,” the Daily Star reports.



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