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The Papers: Braverman Defies PM But Right Warn Against Removal

Image caption, Many of Friday’s papers lead with questions about the future of Home Secretary Suella Braverman after she wrote an article accusing the Metropolitan Police of bias over its handling of left and right-wing protests. The Metro says Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has so far resisted calls to remove Ms Braverman from her job. The headline reads: “Give Suella marching orders”.

Image caption, The Times says No 10 told the home secretary to “tone down” her article and that it is now trying to “establish the detail” of how the piece was published without formal approval. It adds that Mr Sunak is now said to be “weighing up Braverman’s future” and could bring forward a cabinet reshuffle planned for before Christmas in order to remove her.

Image caption, Ms Braverman “defied” Mr Sunak’s authority by writing the article, says the i. The paper reports two ministers have told it she should be sacked, though adds that grassroots Tories now see her as a “real contender” for the party leadership.

Image caption, The Daily Express says Mr Sunak is keeping “all options on the table” and that Tory sources have told it that chief whip Simon Hart has been “inundated” with complaints from “very angry” MPs.

Image caption, One cabinet minister says Ms Braverman has “embarrassed the prime minister”, while Mr Sunak “faces a political calculation” over whether having her on the backbenches could cause him more problems than keeping her in post, according to the Daily Telegraph. The paper also carries an article by the new director of public prosecutions, Stephen Parkinson KC, throwing his support behind the police. “Effective and fair justice requires independent institutions to apply the law without fear or favour,” he writes.

Image caption, The Guardian says Labour has “sought to pile pressure” on Mr Sunak, with shadow cabinet office minister Pat McFadden writing to him to say that to “do nothing” about the article would be a “display of weakness”.

Image caption, The headline in the Daily Mail carries a warning to Mr Sunak from MPs on the right of his party. “Come for Suella and you come for us all,” it reads. The paper calls Downing Street’s confirmation on Thursday that it had not authorised the article a “rare public rebuke” and says Mr Sunak spent the day “locked in talks with his closest advisers” about whether to remove Ms Braverman.

Image caption, The Daily Mirror carries a picture of the Cenotaph and says that the people honoured by the monument “fought and died for our freedom”. The paper asks Ms Braverman, “How dare you try to take that away?”, while also telling those planning a pro-Palestinian march amid remembrance commemorations on Saturday to “remember who won you these freedoms”.

Image caption, The Star has a more light-hearted take on the saga. The paper carries a mock-up of former Family Fortunes host Les Dennis with his arm around Ms Braverman. A speech bubble reads: “We asked 100 people who was the most… crazy Home Secretary we’ve ever seen. Our survey said…”

Image caption, A report from two journalists embedded with the Israeli military in Gaza leads the Sun. The paper says it was taken inside a Hamas base and shown “chilling items” related to the 7 October attacks, including a 3D model of a kibbutz similar to those targeted by the group.

Image caption, And the Financial Times says Apple has been “dealt a blow” at the European Court of Justice in a dispute with Brussels over €14.3bn (£12.5bn) worth of back taxes. The paper reports that Giovanni Pitruzzella, advocate general of the court, said in a non-binding opinion on Thursday that an earlier decision quashing the EU’s order that Apple pay the tax to Ireland “should be set aside”. The Irish government, which deliberately keeps corporation tax low to attract investment, has insisted that Apple has paid the correct amount of tax, but the European Commission says the company’s tax arrangements give it an effective rate of less than 1% and an unfair advantage over rival companies.

Many of Friday’s papers lead with questions about the future of Home Secretary Suella Braverman, after she wrote an article accusing the Metropolitan Police of bias over its handling of left and right-wing protests.

“On the brink” is the verdict of the Daily Express, while the Sun says she’s been “left out in the cold” and the Guardian says pressure is growing on Rishi Sunak to sack her.

The i reports that two unnamed government ministers want her dismissed and says that, if Mr Sunak fails to act, senior Tories will see it as weakness. The Daily Mirror says Ms Braverman has been accused from all sides of whipping up tensions ahead of Remembrance Day.

The Times says an earlier draft of the article Suella Braverman wrote for the paper on Thursday “went even further” in attacking the police. It says some elements were removed after Downing Street intervened but that she “defied” a request to take out the section comparing pro-Palestinan demonstrations to marches in Northern Ireland. The paper also says her future is now in doubt.

The front page of the Daily Mail carries a warning from MPs on the right of the Conservative party, saying: “If you come for Suella Braverman, you come for us all”. The paper says the prime minister has been told he could face a “mutiny” and that if he sacks Ms Braverman “it will end very badly for him”. One Tory MP tells the Daily Telegraph “the public are with her” and that removing her would be “politically mad”.

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Image caption, Home Secretary Suella Braverman is facing calls for her removal after writing an article accusing the Metropolitan Police of bias over its handling of left and right-wing protests

There is still widespread coverage of the fighting in Gaza. The Guardian says that, early in the war, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the offer of a five-day ceasefire with Palestinian groups in return for the release of some hostages. It quotes sources familiar with the talks as saying the proposed deal involved freeing children, women, and sick people but that the Israeli government turned it down “outright”.

The Financial Times reports that talks under way in Qatar are trying to agree a three-day pause to allow as many as 20 hostages to be released. The Mail says Israel agreed to the latest, short humanitarian pauses “following sustained pressure from the White House”.

And the new surge of interest in the Beatles has reportedly led to renewed confusion about where the famous Abbey Road studios are located. The Sun says hundreds of fans have been heading for Abbey Road station in east London on the Docklands Light Railway – only to find warehouses and a rail depot. The real site is located ten miles away in St John’s Wood, north London. The paper says a sign at the station telling baffled fans of their mistake is now a “permanent fixture”.