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What the papers say – June 9

The Tory leadership race is hotting up and features prominently in the Sunday papers.


What the papers say – June 9 (PA)

What the papers say – June 9 (PA)

What the papers say – June 9 (PA)

The Tory leadership campaign dominates the front pages on Sunday as contenders continue to set out their stalls.

Boris Johnson has given an interview to the Sunday Times and claims he is the only one who can see off both Nigel Farage and Jeremy Corbyn.

The Sunday Telegraph leads on a manifesto from rival Michael Gove, who has pledged to replace VAT after Brexit and replace it with a “lower, simpler” sales tax.

And Jeremy Hunt features on the front of the Sunday Express, claiming he is the man to fix the Irish backstop issue.

The Independent leads on a poll suggesting that front-runners Mr Johnson and Mr Gove are regarded as untrustworthy by more than half of voters.

Meanwhile, several papers focus on recent revelations about candidates’ past drug use, with The Observer reporting that Mr Gove was branded a hypocrite after admitting he had taken cocaine when working as a young journalist.

The Sunday Mirror says Andrea Leadsom also confessed to “smoking weed” in the past.

In other news, the Sunday People leads on the deaths of three hospital patients following an outbreak of listeria linked to pre-packed sandwiches, reporting that scientists warned three years ago that hospital sandwiches were ideal breeding grounds for the disease.

And the Daily Star on Sunday leads on the death of Leyton Orient manager Justin Edinburgh.