What the papers say – November 20
The first leaders’ debate dominates Wednesday’s front pages.
The papers are led by reaction to the televised verbal tussle between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The i newspaper says the debate saw “Insults fly” while the Financial Times says Mr Johnson survived a “hazardous duel” with Mr Corbyn, according to a snap YouGov poll also covered by The Times which showed a narrow win for the PM.
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Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn shaking hands during the Election head-to-head debate on ITV, prior to the General Election on December 12th, 2019 Photo : Jonathan Hordle/ITV/PA#tomorrowspaperstoday #thetimes #brexit @thetimes pic.twitter.com/2F81eJfGY5
The Daily Mail characterises Mr Corbyn’s performance as “laughable”, The Guardian reports the debate saw the pair “stake their ground”, and the Daily Express says the opposition leader avoided a question on Brexit nine times.
Guardian front page, Wednesday 20 November 2019: Leaders stake their ground: Johnson Brexit, Corbyn NHS pic.twitter.com/mk3pv5pYwk— The Guardian (@guardian) November 19, 2019
Away from the debate, The Independent says dozens of babies and three mothers have died at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust since 1979, which it calls the “Largest scandal in NHS history”, in a story also featured on the front of Metro.
The Daily Mirror says there have been calls for the notebooks kept by royal protection officers assigned to the Duke of York to be released by Scotland Yard.
And the Daily Star quotes actor Christopher Biggins as saying the “PC brigade” had led to entertainers The Krankies no longer performing in pantomime.