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Image caption The Conservative Party is facing such a severe “funding crisis” it is struggling to pay the rent on its head office, according to the i weekend. The paper reports donations have dried up “as unrest grows over Brexit and May’s leadership”.
Image caption The headmaster of the fee-paying Stowe School has told the Times that “social engineering” by the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge is disadvantaging private school pupils by increasing the number of undergraduates from state schools. Dr Anthony Wallersteiner also “likened criticism of private schools and the elite to anti-Semitic abuse”, the paper says.
Image caption “Outrage as rape victims warned they face prosecution” reads the front page of the Daily Express. New Crown Prosecution Service rules mean victims of crimes, including those alleging rape, are to be asked to hand their phones over to police – or risk prosecutions not going ahead. The Express says that if police find proof of crimes on those phones, those victims could then face charges of their own.
Image caption MPs are “boosting their expenses by claiming for adult children ‘dependent’ on them”, according to the Daily Telegraph. The paper says rules introduced in 2017 that allow MPs to claim additional “second home expenses of up to £5,400 per child” were intended to allow politicians with children to rent bigger homes – but several MPs are currently using the loophole to support family members in their 20s.
Image caption The Guardian leads on a story about a “gene therapy injection” that could “drastically cut” the risk of heart attacks in some people. The paper says the treatment, which is aimed at people genetically likely to suffer heart attacks in their 30s and 40s, could be tested “within three years”.
Image caption Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage “legged it” after his chauffeur-driven car was involved in an accident with another vehicle, reports the Sun. The paper – which labels the incident “Faragey-bargy” – reports quotes from the other driver, who says the crash left his 13-month old son “badly shaken”.
Image caption The Duchess of Sussex’s father “must never be allowed to be part of Archie’s life”, proclaims the front page of the Daily Mirror, referencing the newest member of the Royal Family, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. The aforementioned opinion about Thomas Markle comes from an interview with his ex-wife Roslyn Markle, who is not Meghan’s mother.
Image caption Taxi-hailing app Uber’s “underwhelming stock market debut” makes the front page of the FT Weekend. The company’s shares opened at “well below their offer price”, the paper says, giving it a “disappointing market value of $70bn (£54bn)”. The company had previously been valued at $100bn (£77bn).
Image caption “Stan by your Dan” is the headline on the front page of the Daily Star, which reports that former footballer Stan Collymore has offered his backing to radio host Danny Baker, who was sacked by the BBC over a tweet about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s baby. The tweet, which he later deleted but which has been circulated on social media, showed an image of a couple holding hands with a chimpanzee dressed in clothes with the caption: “Royal Baby leaves hospital”.

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