What the papers say – October 25
Friday’s front pages are dominated by the deaths of the Chinese nationals whose bodies were found inside a refrigerated container in Essex.
The papers round off the week by leading with the deaths of those who died inside a refrigerated lorry, and political jostling over Brexit.
The Daily Mirror says an “evil people-smuggling ring from China” is responsible for the 39 people who died inside the container.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has told MPs to “back my December 12 election bid”, according to The Guardian, which also notes that those inside the lorry unit were “all Chinese”.
Guardian front page, Monday 7 October 2019 - Johnson tells MPs: back my December 12— The Guardian (@guardian) October 24, 2019
election bid pic.twitter.com/1EyAsRAV74
The Times says Labour is “in chaos” at the prospect of an election, and also reports that “anti-racism campaigners” have held a vigil outside the Home Office over the deaths of those inside the lorry container.
The Times 25/10/2019— The Times Pictures (@TimesPictures) October 24, 2019
Anti-racism campaigners attend a vigil outside the Home Office in Westminster, for the 39 people found dead inside a lorry in Essex. Photo : Hollie Adams/PA #tomorrowspaperstoday #thetimes @thetimes pic.twitter.com/GAUEwzaHFx
The Daily Telegraph says the PM has asked his opposite number in Labour to “End this nightmare” over Brexit and has challenged Jeremy Corbyn to a general election, a story the Financial Times covers, as do The Independent, the i and Metro.
Get ready for Friday the 13th: Nightmare on Downing Street | Tom Peck https://t.co/1JuyxN0e6V— The Independent (@Independent) October 24, 2019
The Daily Mail praises itself for “stunning triumphs” in campaigns on vaccines and Barclays not allowing cash withdrawals in post offices.
The Daily Express also gives itself kudos for a campaign, this time on a pharmaceutical treatment for cystic fibrosis.
And the Daily Star says the BBC “is pointless” because younger people are “turning off in droves”.