What the papers say – October 2

Friday’s front pages are awash with reaction to Margaret Ferrier’s apology for travelling to London to debate the coronavirus response in Parliament after experiencing Covid-19 symptoms.

The Daily Telegraph reports the SNP minister’s actions “broke Covid laws twice”, while the Daily Mail says her 800-mile trip from Scotland to Westminster and back triggered a “major alert” in Parliament.

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Ms Ferrier now faces fines “totalling thousands of pounds”, according to the i.

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Elsewhere, The Times leads with accusations that the Foreign Office leaked asylum policies in an attempt to discredit Home Secretary Priti Patel – policies which The Independent says had been branded “illegal, expensive and illogical”.

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Coronavirus cases have doubled in most English cities and towns subject to local lockdown measures, according to The Guardian.

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The Metro reports Mayor of Middlesbrough Andy Preston has said he will defy the Government’s imminent regional lockdown laws.

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The Daily Express carries comments from Chancellor Rishi Sunak that he will not forget the “hidden victims” of the pandemic.

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George Floyd’s sister has called on Americans to vote Donald Trump out of office in the forthcoming US election, according to the Daily Mirror.

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The Financial Times reports on some financial issues facing Rolls-Royce.

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And the Daily Star leads with comments from US President Donald Trump that McDonald’s chips kept him from going bald.

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