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The Papers: Russell Brand Allegations And ‘crisis-Hit NHS’

Image caption, Most of Sunday’s papers focus on the allegations made against Russel Brand of rape, sexual assault and emotional abuse. The allegations were made in a joint investigation by the Sunday Times, the Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches and relate to a seven-year period at the height of his fame. Brand has denied the allegations and said his relationships have been “always consensual”.

Image caption, The Sunday Telegraph also focuses on the story. As well as reporting on the allegations, it says Brand was greeted with a standing ovation when he stepped on stage at Wembley Park Theatre on Saturday evening, and told the audience “there are a lot of things I want to talk about, I can’t talk about”. The paper also reports on apparent tensions within the Conservative Party, with former prime minister Liz Truss saying that her successor Rishi Sunak has spent £35bn more than she would have as PM.

Image caption, The allegations against Brand also dominate the front page of the Sunday Mirror, which reports that he sent a taxi to pick up a 16-year-old girl from school for sex.

Image caption, The Mail on Sunday also reports on the allegations, saying Brand has been accused of rape and “grooming” a 16-year-old. It reports that he “brazenly” took the stage at his show on Saturday evening.

Image caption, It’s a similar story on the front page of the Sunday People, which – like other papers – includes a screenshot of the denial Brand issued on his YouTube channel on Friday.

Image caption, The Sun on Sunday describes the allegations as a “bombshell”.

Image caption, Meanwhile, issues within the NHS are the focus of the lead story on the Sunday Express, which says that “almost a million patients” will have resorted to private healthcare by the end of the year as waiting lists within the health service reach record levels. It also says that a quarter of people asked in a survey said they do not believe the NHS will be around for its 100th birthday in 2048.

Image caption, And the Daily Star Sunday reports on a study which claims that young people are staying away from work because they fear the apocalypse. “Whatever happened to just having a dicky tummy?” the papers asks.

Many of Sunday’s papers lead with what the Sun on Sunday calls the “bombshell allegations” about Russell Brand. The Sunday Times describes him as an alleged “sex predator who hid in plain sight”, saying rumours of “sinister behaviour” were “said to have been an open secret” in the industry.

One woman tells the paper that when she was 16, the comedian called for a taxi to pick her up from school and take her to his home. She says the driver recognised the destination and begged her not to go inside. Another woman describes Russell Brand’s eyes turning “black, like the devil” when he allegedly sexually assaulted her.

According to the Mail on Sunday, on Saturday evening he “brazenly took to the stage” for his stand-up show in London. The paper says that when the comedian spotted a man in the audience who resembled him, he joked “that might come in handy”. Russell Brand strongly denies the claims against him.

The Sunday Telegraph previews what it describes as Liz Truss’s “first major intervention on the economy since she was ousted from office”. It says that, in a speech on Monday, she will claim that Rishi Sunak has spent £35bn more than she would have as prime minister. It says she’ll suggest her successor was wrong to “throw money at areas of the public sector”, such as the NHS and schools.

The paper says the “attack” is “likely to reignite debate about whether the government should pursue immediate spending reductions”. Cabinet sources tell the Telegraph the prime minister would have to find savings to deliver tax cuts before the next election.

The Mail on Sunday reports that the government is shutting down Confucius Institutes – which provide UK schools with Chinese-language teachers. It says the education secretary, Gillian Keegan, has agreed to the move, on the condition that the teachers are replaced by staff from Taiwan. According to the paper, there is “unease about the extent to which the tentacles of the Chinese Communist Party could be reaching into classrooms”, after a parliamentary researcher was arrested on suspicion of spying for Beijing.

“Knife horror” is the headline in the Sunday Mirror. It has obtained figures from half of the 43 police forces in England and Wales. They show that – in the past four academic years – nearly 500 children aged 11 and under have been caught with knives. The paper says children as young as four are bringing them to school.

The shadow foreign secretary, David Lammy, tells the Observer that a Labour government would hold regular meetings with the European Union. He says the UK is “isolated and missing”, and needs to get back to playing a leading role in world affairs. But he insists his party wouldn’t attempt to take Britain back into the EU single market or customs union. The paper says Labour’s plans represent a “major reset of British foreign policy”.

The Sunday Mirror reports the results of a survey by Marks and Spencer, which suggests that 8% of shoppers spend at least 15 minutes picking a wine. But it says that rises to 14% cent in the North East of England. The paper declares that “Geordies are the top vino lovers in the UK”.