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The Papers: ‘Hostile Act In Parliament’ And Dog ‘terror On Streets’

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Image caption, Many of Monday’s front pages follow up on the arrest of a researcher who was working in Parliament, amid claims he was spying for China. Police have confirmed two men, one in his 20s and another in his 30s, were arrested under the Official Secrets Act in March. The Daily Mail leads on condemnation from MPs of a “hostile act in the heart of Parliament”. The quote comes from Conservative MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith, who told the paper China “sees Britain as a ‘soft option'”.

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Image caption, “Intelligence service set to haul in ‘China spies'” reports the Daily Telegraph, citing sources who have told the paper that security services are “poised to unmask a number of Chinese spies in the coming months amid concern that a network of Beijing agents are operating in Westminster”. The paper reports that security services are planning to use the new National Security Act passed this simmer to detain “a number of Chinese agents” suspected to be working in the Commons.

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Image caption, Metro reports that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak expressed concerns about Chinese interference to a senior official from China at the G20 summit in India on Sunday. The lead story, accompanied by a picture of Mr Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty in New Delhi, reports that the PM met Chinese Premier Li Qiang and raised “very strong concerns” about any interference in the UK’s parliamentary democracy.

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Image caption, “PM confronts Li at G20 summit” says the Financial Times, leading with the same story about Mr Sunak “accusing China of interfering in Britain’s ‘parliamentary democracy'”. The paper also prominently features the aftermath of the earthquake in Morocco on its front page, alongside an image of women crying after she learned the fate of her relatives.

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Image caption, “Terror on our streets” is the splash for the Daily Mirror, after three people including an 11-year-old girl, were injured in a dog attack in Birmingham. The paper reports comments from Home Secretary Suella Braverman about the dog, saying: “We can’t go on like this.” Ms Braverman said the American XL Bully is “a clear and lethal danger” as she pushed for a ban on the breed.

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Image caption, The Guardian leads with a report from the village of Moulay Brahim in Morocco’s Atlas mountains, following Friday’s earthquake which killed more than 2,000 people. The area is termed “the Moroccan village where death came in the night”, and the story is accompanied with a photo of women at the funeral of two victims there.

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Image caption, UK interest rates and predictions on future rises makes the splash for the i. The paper reports that “hope grows” that the Bank of England will limit future rates rises, adding the i’s “expert panel of economists” forecast “a less aggressive approach to tackling inflation”, with the majority believing there may be only one more interest rate rise this year – “a small mercy for mortgage holders”.

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Image caption, The Daily Star reports on the “great British bunk off” as people take advantage of the hot weather following the unprecedented heatwave. The paper says “millions of staff are ditching work” on Monday “to enjoy one last bast of the 28C heatwave” before temperatures begin to drop.

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Image caption, The news that retired news presenter Alastair Stewart is living with dementia is the lead for the Daily Express. The story features a picture of the broadcaster as he was interviewed by a former colleague on GB News on Sunday, during which he revealed he had been diagnosed with early onset vascular dementia and has suffered a series of minor strokes.

Many of Monday’s papers focus on the arrest of a parliamentary researcher, amid allegations he was spying for China. The story has prompted some Conservative MPs to renew calls for China to be categorised as a threat.

The Daily Telegraph reports that British intelligence services are “poised to unmask” a number of Chinese spies operating in Westminster in the coming months. Quoting “Whitehall sources”, the paper says suspected foreign spies working in the Commons face being detained under new espionage laws passed this summer.

The legislation introduced an offence of “foreign interference” for spies trying to meddle in elections or disrupt the workings of parliamentary democracy in the UK.

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Image caption, Rishi Sunak raised concerns about interference from Beijing with China’s premier while at the G20 in India

The Daily Mail and the Financial Times both lead with Rishi Sunak putting his concerns directly to the Chinese Premier Li Qiang at the G20 summit. The Mail’s headline is “a hostile act in the heart of Parliament”.

There is a growing epidemic of preventable cancers in the UK, according to the Guardian. It says researchers have put the figure for this year at 184,000. The leading causes are identified as smoking, drinking, poor diet and sunburn. The findings have prompted calls from public health campaigners for a renewed focus on the issues because of the “huge human and financial toll”.

The i’s top story is the prediction from its panel of experts that UK interest rate rises are set to end. The group of economists forecasts a less aggressive approach to tackling inflation, with most expecting only one more interest rate rise this year. But it describes the news as a “small mercy” for mortgage holders after 14 consecutive increases.

The Sun and the Daily Mirror both lead on dangerous dogs. “Terror on our streets” is the headline in the Mirror, which has pictures of a man being chased and attacked by a dog which it says had just mauled an 11-year-old girl in Birmingham. Noting that Suella Braverman is seeking urgent advice about banning American XL Bully dogs, the paper claims the home secretary has “finally woken up” to its campaign. The Sun makes its stance clear with the front page message “Ban XL Devil Dogs”.

Several papers point out how many EU flags were being waved at the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday. The Telegraph says the BBC, which broadcast the event, is facing calls for an inquiry, and it quotes the former MP, Harvey Proctor, who describes what happened as “utterly vulgar and wrong”. The Telegraph says EU flags have been given out at the Proms for several years by a pro-Remain group – Thank EU for the Music. A BBC spokesman told the paper that “audiences choose their own flags”.

And the Daily Star predicts that millions of people will skip work this morning to enjoy “one last blast” of the September heatwave. The paper’s headline calls it “The Great British Bunk off”.