Newspaper headlines: Weekend jails, MPs' 'trysts' and Queen's tears for fallen heroes

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As the government prepares to outline its future plans in the Queen's Speech, details of some of the 21 bills are already coming under scrutiny.

The Daily Telegraph covers the "new generation" of community sentences and satellite tagging which will allow low-risk convicted criminals to spend weekends in jail and keep a job during the week.

The plans, says the paper, will first be rolled out across eight police forces from September as part of the "biggest shake up of the justice system since the Victorian era" in England and Wales.

According to the Daily Mail, the measure is "one of the most sweeping reforms of the Queen's Speech" but is likely to alarm some on the Tory right.

The i's story on the State Opening of Parliament reports the announcement on the first wave of "reform prisons", which will provide governors with greater autonomy.

Meanwhile, the Guardian says a review into prison education, to be published alongside the Queen's speech, suggests inmates should be allowed to use pre-configured tablet computers in their cells, and stay in touch with families and friends via Skype.

The Times notes that the Investigatory Powers Bill will appear in the speech but still faces opposition from MPs for providing "too many organisations with too many intrusive powers".


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'Hotel trysts' and other front page news

In other front page stories, the Daily Mail and Daily Mirror both report claims a political journalist at Westminster was involved in relationships with two married SNP MPs.

There are allegations that one of the politicians, Angus MacNeil, claimed expenses for a hotel room in London where "trysts" took place while he rented out his flat in the capital. The SNP, however, says "to suggest any financial impropriety is totally wrong".

The Times carries news of what it says is the most comprehensive review of research to date into genetically modified food. It concluded it is safe for human consumption and there is no conclusive evidence of a risk to wildlife.

Decades of claims by campaign groups have been dismissed by a US advisory body which includes more than 300 Nobel prize-winning scientists, the Times says, leaving "nowhere for the scaremongers to hide".

"Britain's invisible army of carers" is the splash in the i - more than 400,000 people in their 80s are said by the charity Age UK to be looking after loved ones.

Care homes are still considered a taboo subject to many and perhaps this is one of the main reasons behind "extraordinary" figures that are set to rise, writes the paper's health correspondent Paul Gallagher.


'Dream team'

The focus on much of the coverage of the EU referendum campaign again falls on David Cameron and Boris Johnson.

The Times says Tory infighting over Europe reached new lows when Lord Heseltine accused Mr Johnson of stooping to "obscene" depths under the strain of leading the campaign for Brexit.

It was an intervention by a Remain supporter which will be welcomed by Downing Street, the paper says.

The Guardian describes Lord Heseltine's comments as a "remarkably pointed and personal intervention", while the Daily Mail calls it an "extraordinary attack".

But Mr Cameron's own assertions come under scrutiny too, with the Mail recording the "furious response" of the Brexit campaign to his claim the leader of the so-called Islamic State group would be happy if the UK left the EU.

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The Mail wonders whether the prime minister's "increasing hysterical fear-mongering bring his own judgement into question".

The Daily Telegraph describes it as the "most absurd claim of the campaign thus far".

"If the prime minister personally faces bitter recriminations from voters and Tory colleagues after the referendum vote, he will have only himself to blame," it says in a leading article.

Mr Johnson features in the Sun too, which reports claims his lawyer wife has been the subject of false sex smears designed to derail his campaign for Britain to leave the EU.

And the Daily Express says the campaign group Grassroots Out is attempting to get Mr Johnson and UKIP leader Nigel Farage to form a "Brexit dream team" by sharing a platform to push home their message.

The Daily Mirror's political editor Jason Beattie, however, says Mr Farage made some "ill-judged" claims about multicultural Britain in a referendum debate hosted by the newspaper on Tuesday, doing little to help the Brexit case.

Remember the Sun's claim in March that the "Queen backs Brexit"?

The paper this morning carries the news the Independent Press Standards Organisation has upheld a complaint against the accuracy of the story's headline. In Ipso's view, "it did not follow from the comments the article reported that the Queen wanted the UK to leave the EU as a result of the referendum".

But in a leading article, the Sun says it stands by its belief the Queen is concerned "about the erosion of our sovereignty by the EU".


'Doesn't do crying'

It was a touching moment, says the Daily Mirror. The Queen, unable to hide her emotion, was seen to discreetly wipe away a tear as she paid tribute to fallen British soldiers at the unveiling of a memorial.

Close-up photographs taken of the monarch at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire after she laid a wreath for the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment appear on several front pages.

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Like many of a generation inured to loss and suffering in the Second World War, the 90-year-old Queen seldom shows any signs of distress, says the Daily Express.

It recalls she shed tears when the royal yacht Britannia was decommissioned in 1997 and at a British Legion Field of Remembrance service at Westminster Abbey after the death of her mother in 2002.

The Queen was joined by wounded veterans and the families of personnel as she paid tribute to soldiers killed while serving with the regiment of which she is colonel-in-chief.

"She doesn't normally do crying. And certainly not in public. But today at a moving service... the Queen was visibly moved," says the Daily Telegraph.


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