What the papers say - December 31


Help in the fight against terrorism or face higher taxes, internet giants have been warned by a Government minister in one Sunday paper.

A "Dad's Army" of volunteers could be created to protect Britain's vulnerable ports from jihadists and smugglers, according to another report.

Meanwhile, a further parting volley from Lord Adonis, who quit as the Government's infrastructure tsar, and credit card charges also make the front pages.

Internet giants could face higher taxes if they fail to assist the Government in its fight against terrorism, Home Office minister Ben Wallace has told the Sunday Times. The newspaper also reports on changes to marriage certificates that will see mothers' names and occupations included and author Jilly Cooper's decision to give her CBE to her dog.

A Government ban on "rip-off" credit card charges have back-fired as businesses are planning on increasing prices to "sneak" around the prohibition, the Sunday Telegraph reports. The newspaper also says New Year revellers face stormy weather and rail strikes.

Transport Secretary Chis Grayling should resign over his alleged mishandling of rail franchises that cost the taxpayers hundreds of millions of pounds, Lord Adonis has told The Observer. The Government has also been criticised by businesses for splits over its Brexit policy, the paper reports.

A "Dad's Army" of volunteers has been planned to act as a first line of defence against smugglers and jihadists by protecting Britain's isolated ports of entry, such as remote harbours and airfields, the Mail on Sunday reports.

Manchester Arena bombing victim Lauren Lees, whose mother Lisa died in the attack, has given birth to a baby boy called Dylan, the Sunday Mirror reports, beneath the headline: "Birth of hope".

Some child abuse victims may be unable to sue councils for compensation in cases of negligence after a court ruled out claims against local authorities by survivors who were not put into full-time care by the state, the Sunday People reports.

A new flu vaccine will be rolled out in the UK next year after the jab currently in use was found to have little effect in the elderly, the Sunday Expressreports.

According to The Independent, nurses are to respond to some 999 calls involving pensioners, instead of paramedics, if ambulances are delayed in order to relieve pressure on resources.

SAS snipers will be deployed in major cities to protect New Years revellers, the Daily Star Sunday reports.

And The Sun on Sunday reports that a soap actress has called in police after an intimate video was allegedly stolen from her phone by hackers.