What the papers say – July 17

Boris Johnson and a celebrity-backed plea over free TV licences for over-75s make headlines on Wednesday.

The Times reports that Mr Johnson is planning to hold an early general election while Jeremy Corbyn is still around.

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The Guardian says Mr Johnson has been accused of ignoring advice over his so-called vanity projects as London mayor and leaving taxpayers with a nearly £1bn bill.

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Politics also leads the i, which says the UK is heading for a no-deal Brexit under the new prime minister, and claims Mr Johnson’s team is considering plans to suspend Parliament before the Halloween deadline to leave the EU.

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Sterling plunged to a two-year low as a risk of a no-deal Brexit mounts, the Financial Times reports.

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The Daily Mirror and the Daily Express both feature the ongoing backlash over plans to end free TV licences for over-75s, and report that Dame Helen Mirren is leading a group of celebrities calling on ministers and the BBC to continue funding the concession.

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In other news, The Daily Telegraph reports that councils have begun charging householders to dump waste at rubbish tips.

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The Daily Mail leads on its campaign to end what it calls a dementia care bills “betrayal”.

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And The Sun leads on the story of a toddler being bitten by a bat in his cot.

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Elsewhere, the Metro carries comments from the friend of a YouTube star who was killed in an electric scooter crash.

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