Newspaper headlines: Westminster abuse and 'end MPs' cheap bars'

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Image caption The Mail on Sunday thinks Theresa May is the ideal person to address claims of sexual harassment that have engulfed Westminster

The Mail on Sunday thinks Prime Minister Theresa May is the ideal candidate to address the claims of sexual harassment that have engulfed Westminster.

"Who could be better qualified," it asks, "to rise above the angry, ugly accusations and counter-accusations of crude abuse, than a dutiful, morally unimpeachable vicar's daughter?"

Writing in the Sunday People, Labour MP John Mann gives details of what he calls the "seven demands for Parliament to clean up its act", which he plans to present to Jeremy Corbyn.

These include a commitment that the Labour leadership and whips do not hide reports of abuse "to protect the party's interests".

The Sunday Telegraph believes it is vital that the allegations are not allowed to distract politicians from making what it describes as "epochal" decisions on matters like the economy and Brexit.

But, under the headline "vision and decision needed more than ever", its leader suggests the claims will leave many voters wondering "if they are up to it".

The Sun on Sunday declares, on 5 November, that this is "the most explosive scandal" to hit Parliament since the gunpowder plot.

'Cheap MPs' bars'

The front page headline in the Sunday Express is "call time on MPs' cheap bars".

It reveals that there is to be a "crackdown" on what it describes as the "subsidised drinking culture" in the Houses of Parliament.

The paper's opinion column questions why "booze is even on the menu at Westminster".

There is concern in the Observer about the talks that President Trump is due to have this week, during his tour of Asia, with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping.

The paper fears that Mr Trump is likely to be diplomatically out-manoeuvred in Beijing, with "high-profile but essentially cosmetic concessions on trade", along with "promises to help pressure North Korea".

The Observer believes this "would leave critical issues unaddressed that, if allowed to fester, could ultimately move US-China relations from competition to direct confrontation".

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Image caption Gordon Brown has been urged to disclose everything he knows about the UK's decision to invade Iraq in 2003

The Sunday Mirror calls on the former Labour Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, to disclose everything he knows about Britain's decision to invade Iraq in 2003.

Mr Brown, who was then chancellor, has written in his new book that the American president at the time, George W Bush, misled Tony Blair about whether or not Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction.

An American report, which concluded that the Iraqi leader did not, was never discussed.

The Mirror says there are "still unanswered questions" about the decision to go to war and, in the paper's words, "the answers might yet hold the guilty to account".

The Sunday Times reports that the chief inspector of schools in England is unhappy that young children are no longer learning traditional nursery rhymes.

"Humpty Dumpty may seem old-fashioned," Amanda Spielman tells the paper, "but children who can sing a song and know a story off by heart aged four are better prepared for school."

The paper's leader suggests that verses on what it calls "modern issues" might be more popular.

Rockabye Baby is updated thus: "When the bough broke the baby did fall, now baby's in council care, cradle and all."

The Mail on Sunday is horrified by a programme on YouTube, in which the presenters take drugs such as LSD and cocaine, and then describe the effects to viewers.

The paper explains that the TV show, called Drugslab, is made in the Netherlands and has been viewed in the UK nearly three million times.

YouTube is quoted saying that it "aims to educate around the safe use and dangers of drugs".

But the Mail's opinion column believes it's "utterly irresponsible and indefensible" for YouTube to screen it.

Alan Bennett's house

Writing in the Sun, Home Secretary Amber Rudd calls on internet companies to "go further and also go faster in tackling online child sexual abuse".

She describes the problem as "one of the most dangerous and harmful threats we face".

Ms Rudd is attending a conference this week in the US with representatives of internet firms.

The Sun's leader urges her to "show her teeth this week and sort this mess out".

Finally, the Sunday Times reveals that Alan Bennett is selling the house in London where the events captured in his work, The Lady In The Van, occurred.

"You've read the book, you've seen the film and now you can buy the house," says the paper.

The Times explains that in 1969, when the playwright and author bought 23 Gloucester Crescent, in Camden Town, he paid £13,500.

It is now on the market for £3m.