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Newspaper headlines: ‘Cyclists may need number plates’ and Pop Idol Darius dead

Newspaper headlines: 'Cyclists may need number plates' and Pop Idol Darius dead

Image caption, "Cyclists may need number plates" headlines the Daily Mail as it reports on a "growing belief among ministers" that riders should abide by…

Wednesday, Aug 17

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Image caption, "Cyclists may need number plates" headlines the Daily Mail as it reports on a "growing belief among ministers" that riders should abide by the same speed restrictions as other motorists, amid a increase in cyclists. The paper suggests cyclists could also need insurance and would have to observe speed limits under a shake-up of road laws. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps told the Daily Mail he was proposing setting up a review to stop "turning a blind eye" to cyclists speeding and busting red lights. Image caption, The Guardian leads on a leaked recording of Foreign Secretary Liz Truss saying British workers needed "more graft" and suggesting they lacked the "skill and application" of foreign nationals. The paper says the comments by the Conservative Party leadership contender was recorded while she was chief secretary to the Treasury, between 2017 and 2019. A Truss campaign source said the comments were "half a decade old" and lacked "context", while acknowledging the UK does "need to boost productivity". When asked about the comments, the foreign secretary did not deny making them and said the point she has always made is "we need more economic growth". Image caption, Real pay levels fell at the fastest rate for at least 20 years in the second quarter, the Financial Times reports. Office for National Statistics figures show a 3% drop, the steepest decline since comparable records began in 2001. The paper says the data "highlights the difficult financial position of households even before a […]

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