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Sunday Telegraph

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The Sunday Telegraph reports that it could take “several weeks” for NHS IT systems to fully recover from Friday’s cyber-attack. The newspaper says staff are preparing themselves for further problems when they return to work on Monday, as senior sources say “tens of thousands” of procedures could be “disrupted”.

Mail on Sunday

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The Mail on Sunday also leads with the NHS cyber-attack story, reporting that the organisation failed to take action after 66 attacks on its computer systems in England over the last year. The newspaper calls it an “astonishing failure” that none of the incidents were reported to the police.

Sunday Express

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The Sunday Express reports on a poll that predicts the Conservatives will win 398 seats in June’s general election, with a 147 majority in the House of Commons – breaking Margaret Thatcher’s 1983 record. The newspaper also says Labour is predicted to win only 157 seats.

The Sunday Times

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The Sunday Times focuses on what the PM calls a “council house revolution”. In an interview with the newspaper, Mrs May says, if elected, she will change the law to help councils build hundreds of thousands of homes and ensure a proportion will be included in “Right to Buy” schemes. Former One Direction singer Harry Styles is also pictured on the front, calling Brexit the “wrong direction” for the UK.

The Observer

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The Observer leads with a story saying a millionaire Brexit donor is funding a campaign to oust 140 pro-Remain MPs in the general election. The newspaper says that asset manager Jeremy Hosking told them he was prepared to spend hundreds of thousands of pounds to target MPs who had backed staying in the EU, but represent constituencies that voted Leave.

Daily Star Sunday

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The Daily Star Sunday is reporting that footballer David Beckham will be buying his wife, Victoria, a “paradise plot” in the Caribbean. The newspaper says that a remote island would be the perfect present for the fashion designer who is “privacy-craving”.

Sunday People

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The Sunday People reports that a girl needs plastic surgery after a dog mauled her in prison. They also picture Prince Harry meeting the son of murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby.

Sunday Mirror

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The Sunday Mirror leads with an exclusive that James Hewitt, the former Army officer who had an affair with Princess Diana, has been rushed to hospital after a heart attack and a stroke.

Many of Sunday’s papers report on the international hunt for the hackers who disrupted NHS computers in what the Sunday Telegraph calls the biggest cyber attack in history.

The newspaper says crime agencies are understood to be seeking two separate gangs – one with links to the Kremlin, the other a crime syndicate which has tried to hold hundreds of organisations to ransom.

Several papers accuse the NHS of being ill-prepared for the attack.

The Mail on Sunday believes bad management was the real culprit, adding that no-one seems to have found comparatively small amounts of cash to modernise worn-out and hopelessly insecure systems still used by nine out of 10 health trusts.

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The Sunday Mirror says Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has been strangely silent on the hacking, whilst the Sun claims NHS computers have been a sitting duck for years.

The Sunday Times says the key to good cyber-security is keeping the door locked against hackers. In too many NHS trusts, it claims, the criminals were allowed to walk right in.

And The Observer says the attack was foretold and there are lessons the public sector needs to learn about IT security, when malware can be bought for the price of a curry.

Council house bid

The Sunday Times leads with the Conservative plan for thousands of new council homes, calling the proposal an audacious bid to woo Labour voters.

The newspaper says the plan to offer some of the homes for sale under a “right-to-buy” scheme emulates Margaret Thatcher’s dream of a property-owning democracy.

Labour’s plans to raise billions of pounds by imposing a so-called Robin Hood tax on financial transactions are condemned by the Sunday Telegraph as “fiscal folly”.

The newspaper believes such a levy would would be a disaster, saying investors large and small would pay the price, whilst traders and banks would move vast swathes of their operations out of the UK.

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But the Sunday People welcomes the proposals. It believes the huge sums passing through the City mean the tax would hardly be felt and money would be raised to keep cherished services running.

And the Sunday Mirror says the proceeds would help pay for schools and hospitals. It concludes that the kind of people who don’t like the plans are the kind who don’t like paying their fair share of tax.

Nurses’ strike?

As the Royal College of Nursing meets in Liverpool, the Sunday Express reports that its leaders are to discuss strike action for the first time in its 100-year history.

The newspaper says senior RCN members, who are worried about falling pay and increasing pressure, hope the threat of strikes will ensure the new government acts on their key demands after the general election.

The Sunday Times says the sacked FBI director, James Comey, is poised to exact his revenge on President Trump by testifying against him publicly before Congress.

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Donald Trump (R) and James Comey

The newspaper says Mr Comey has been vilified and threatened by the president, and has told friends he wants to strike back in an open session.

It reports that it could be one of the most-watched events in US political history.

Congregations up

And the Sunday Telegraph reports that the Anglican Church has been experiencing a small increase in congregation numbers.

The newspaper says an academic, who analysed two social surveys, found just over 17% of people questioned saying they were Anglican worshippers – a rise of almost a percentage point since 2009.

The Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, describes it as a gentle increase, but says it shows that the Church’s message remains attractive in an increasingly self-centred and lonely world.


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