Newspaper headlines: Labour manifesto and Ian Brady's 'final insult'

Labour's election manifesto comes under the spotlight in the papers after it was unveiled by party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

"Labour's most exciting programme for decades" is how the Daily Mirror's Kevin Maguire views the document.

He says it is "stuffed with smart ideas" but cautions that unless voters feel they can trust Mr Corbyn they won't back him.

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The Daily Mail calls the manifesto a plan to bankrupt the UK, warning it would lead to mass unemployment and national ruin.

The Times brands it an "omnishambles" which "deprives the electorate of a serious choice". It says "Labour should be ashamed".

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Jeremy Warner says Labour's pledges will ensure "electoral catastrophe" for the party and relegate it to the role of a "loony Left political pressure group".

The Guardian calls it a bold programme which offers the country a real choice but fears that Labour may not have done enough to convince voters outside the party that its policies are realistic or practical.

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Brady's ashes

The Daily Express, Daily Star and the Mirror all put the Moors Murderer Ian Brady on their front pages. following his death on Monday.

All report claims Brady wanted his ashes scattered on Saddleworth Moor near Manchester, where he and Myra Hindley dumped the bodies of four of their victims between 1963 and 1965.

The Mirror believes the coroner was right not to release Brady's remains until he is assured that they will not end up there, with the paper saying his refusal to tell police where he buried Keith Bennett shows he was "evil to the end".

In the Express, journalist Steve Nolan, a classmate of murdered 10-year-old Lesley Ann Downey, tells how police came to his school to question the children after she disappeared.

One of his friends told the officer a woman had offered him sweets and coins for amusement machines at the funfair where Lesley was abducted. He later saw the same woman, Myra Hindley, giving Lesley money.

'Not soft' option

"Too brainy to be jailed" is the front page headline in the Sun, which, along with several other papers, reports the case of an Oxford University medical student, Lavinia Woodward, who stabbed her boyfriend with a bread knife.

Oxford Crown Court was told that Woodward, who is 24 and has ambitions to be a heart surgeon, attacked the Cambridge graduate during a row.

Image caption The judge postponed sentencing at Oxford Crown Court until September

She admitted unlawful wounding. Judge Ian Pringle delayed sentencing and said he was concerned that a custodial sentence would affect her career.

The Daily Telegraph quotes her defence lawyer as saying that his client is not being offered "a soft option" but a chance to get her life back on track.


The Daily Mail, Times and the Sun report that victims of crime will be asked to write their own police statements online under a new pilot scheme by West Midlands Police.

They will also be asked to upload evidence such as CCTV and phone camera footage of offences being committed.

The aim is to save money on investigating simple cases such as shoplifting and criminal damage.

The force's chief constable believes the convenience of not having to go to a police station will lead to more crimes being reported. But the Police Federation has described the idea as "barmy".

Disney 'ransom'

Finally, the i is among the papers to tell how computer hackers are trying to blackmail the Disney film studios after stealing an electronic copy of the next Pirates of the Caribbean film ahead of its release this month.

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They are threatening to publish Dead Men Tell No Tales in segments online unless they are paid a ransom.

The Times says the film company has resolved not to pay the hackers and is working with federal agents to try to track them down.