Newspaper headlines: 'Gloves off' as rivals 'trade blows' on tax cuts – BBC

By BBC News
Staff

Many of the front pages focus on Monday night's Conservative leadership debate.
The Times reports that Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss ignored pleas from Tory party grandees to end the blue-on-blue hostilities. The Guardian says the debate was "acrimonious" and describes the repeated clashes between the two candidates as "deeply damaging".
"Gloves are off: Tory contest turning nasty" is the headline on the front of the i. The Daily Mail believes that the "fiery" debate will only have cheered Labour.
The Daily Express says the "great divide" between the two candidates has been boiled down to one simple question – tax cuts now or later. The Metro focuses on Rishi Sunak's concerns about Liz Truss's plans for the economy, with its headline reading: "You'll lose us the next election".
The Daily Telegraph highlights Ms Truss's likening Mr Sunak to Gordon Brown, and quotes her saying his refusal to cut tax would drive Britain into a recession. The paper also sets out what it says was a "fierce battle to spin the debate" which broke out moments after the broadcast.
It says a spokesman for Liz Truss's campaign accused Mr Sunak of being "not fit for office" and of "aggressive mansplaining and shouty public school behaviour". On the flip side, MP Richard Holden, a Sunak supporter, suggested that the studio audience preferred the former chancellor – giving him three rounds of applause during the debate.
The Daily Mail leads with a vow by Ms Truss to stop "militant action from trade unions", saying she wants to raise the minimum threshold of support for strike action and double the required notice period to four weeks. The Guardian says the unions are furious, and quotes RMT general secretary Mick Lynch calling the proposals "the biggest attack on trade union and civil rights since labour unions were legalised in 1871".
An investigation by the Daily Mirror has found that children can buy knives in high street stores with what it describes as "shocking ease". The paper sent an undercover 16-year-old into 23 shops in London, Manchester and Liverpool. It says 15 of the stores broke the law by selling her knives up to 8 inches long. In England and Wales, it's illegal to sell knives, apart from penknives with blades smaller than 3 inches, to anyone under the age of 18.
The Sun reports that footballer Cristiano Ronaldo is "jetting back" to the UK to demand to be allowed to leave Manchester United immediately. Under the headline "Ron his way" it says the Portuguese star is set for showdown talks with the club at which he will reject any deal offered to him. Erik Ten Hag, the new boss at the club, has maintained that the striker is a key part of his plans for this season.
And it seems England women's football manager Sarina Wiegman is doing for trouser suits what her men's team counterpart, Gareth Southgate, did for waistcoats during the 2018 World Cup. The Daily Telegraph reports that sales of the polyester blazer she has been wearing at the Euros have increased 140% in a week. It's calling it the "Sarina effect".
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