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What the papers say – December 3

·3-min read

The nation’s Friday papers are led by the upcoming sentencing of Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes over the death of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

The Daily Telegraph reports stepmother Tustin was convicted of murdering the defenceless boy, who had been subjected to a campaign of “evil” abuse, while Hughes, her partner and Arthur’s father, was found guilty of manslaughter.

The story is also carried by the Daily Mail and The Sun, with both papers questioning how the child’s abuse went unnoticed by authorities.

Elsewhere, The Times says experts believe a third jab “massively” strengthens the body’s defences against Covid-19.

The Daily Mirror calls on the Government to make up their mind on Christmas restrictions, while the Daily Express leads with Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s dismissal of “doom-monger” calls to scrap festivities.

Metro reports 152 people were fined for not wearing masks on public transport on the first day of new rules to fight the Omnicorn variant coming into force.

Usage of the NHS Covid app has fallen sharply since the summer “pingdemic”, according to the i.

Meanwhile, The Guardian leads with the Unite union, the Labour party’s biggest financial backer, cutting political donations to the party.

“Why has Britain abandoned us?” is the headline on The Independent, as the paper dedicates its front page to Syrians who are still waiting years after being told the UK would take them in.

The Daily Star says Britain is facing a Santa shortage.

And the Financial Times reports Saudi Arabia has agreed to raise its oil supply following a “charm offensive” by US President Joe Biden’s administration.

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