Newspaper headlines: ‘Pestminster crackdown’ and US-Russia probe

Gordon Brown

Image caption “Pestminster crackdown” is the headline on the front page of the Metro, which is one of several papers to focus on recent allegations of sexual harassment taking place in Parliament. The paper says “sex pest” ministers could be fired and MPs forced to answer for their behaviour under a new crackdown on sexual harassment in Westminster.
Image caption Prime Minister Theresa May is under pressure from her own MPs to open a “comprehensive” investigation into the claims of sexual harassment, according to the Daily Telegraph. The paper says it comes amid revelations that two women staff members of a minister moved jobs because of his “inappropriate” behaviour.
Image caption The Times says anti-sexual harassment rules will be introduced within days. The paper quotes the leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom, as saying that “very swift” action will strengthen protection for victims of sexual harassment.
Image caption The Sun, meanwhile, reports that Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has admitted to “inappropriately” touching the knee of journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer. The paper quotes Sir Michael as saying that he apologised to her over the incident 15 years ago and both considered the matter closed.
Image caption New developments in the US investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election make the front page of the Guardian. The paper says the investigation “closed in dramatically” on US President Donald Trump, after one of his former election campaign advisers pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the timings of the meetings with alleged go-betweens for Russia.
Image caption The Financial Times says the charges against Mr Trump’s former campaign manager and a campaign aide mark the most serious legal threat to the president since Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to oversee the investigation in May.
Image caption “FBI closes net on Trump’s campaign aides” is the front page headline on the i. The paper says Mr Trump is trying to distance himself from the indictments against his former campaign manager and aide.
Image caption In other news, the Daily Express reports that taking an aspirin a day for at least six months can halve the risk of developing some cancers. The Express cites a study of 600,000 people which found the drug was especially effective against types of cancer that start in the digestive system.
Image caption News that Coronation Street actor Bruno Langley has been charged with two count of sexual assault is the front page story on the Daily Star.
Image caption And the Daily Mirror leads with coverage of its Pride of Britain Awards. The paper says Prince William praised the Grenfell Tower firefighters at the ceremony, adding that it had been “truly inspiring” how survivors had “rallied to help”.

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