What the papers say – July 4

Politics takes centre stage in Thursday’s papers with Boris Johnson unveiling a ‘manifesto’ and Jeremy Hunt revealing his support for changing fox hunting legislation.

The Times carries details of a poll which suggests 18% of people would consider voting for Labour which the paper says is their lowest level of support in polling history.

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The DailyTelegraph turns its focus to the Conservative Party, with leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt pledging a vote on fox hunting if he becomes Prime Minister.

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Mr Hunt’s contender Boris Johnson leads the Sun, with the “Number 10 favourite” saying he will boost police numbers and keep Jeremy Corbyn out of Downing Street.

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The DailyMail and Daily Express run with Mr Johnson’s pledge to recruit 20,000 extra police officers.

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The Guardian says one in 10 people in hospital beds in the UK are dependent upon alcohol, causing a “massive burden”.

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The FinancialTimes leads with a rally in bond markets after Christine Lagarde was nominated to the European Central Bank.

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The Metro leads with the death of Riley, the baby son of a woman who was killed as she was eight months pregnant.

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The i suggests that 70 Labour MPs are facing the sack, with the paper reporting local activists may “purge” Corbyn opponents.

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And the DailyMirror leads with the mother of Sarah Payne returning to the place where the eight-year-old was abducted in 2000.

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