Newspaper headlines: Blue passport row and 'classroom violence'

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The gloves are off says the Daily Mail as Britain's passport supplier De La Rue begins its appeal to stop a Franco-Dutch company having the new contract post-Brexit.

The paper says there are suggestions the £490m contract given to Gemalto was "deliberately below cost price" and De La Rue is prepared to start a legal battle to reverse the Home Office's decision on the iconic blue passport.

The Daily Mail had organised a petition over the chosen firm, which now has more than 227,000 signatures.

The Financial Times also leads on the challenge, saying the deadline for legal appeals has been extended while De La Rue seeks more information around the decision-making process.

Meanwhile, claims of teachers being victim to classroom violence by children as young as four dominates the front of the Metro.

It says a special educational needs co-ordinator told the NASUWT teaching conference that she routinely faced being "spat at, bitten and pinched" - while one nine-year-old had tried to throttle her with her own scarf.

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The anti-Semitism row within the Labour Party continues as pictures have emerged which appear to show Jeremy Corbyn at an event organised by left wing Jewish group - Jewdas.

The Guido Fawkes website published the pictures suggesting that "at the height of Labour's anti-semitism scandal, Corbyn chose to mark Passover alongside a fringe group that despises and is despised by mainstream Jews".

Senior Labour members have urged Mr Corbyn to do more to counter the anti-Semitism claims.

The former foreign secretary, Dame Margaret Beckett, tells the Times that the Labour leader must "overcome a lifelong reluctance to criticise fellow leftwingers" and condemn those responsible.

In the Daily Mirror, the former Commons Speaker, Michael Martin, warns that the row could cost Labour the next election.

'Nagged to my diagnosis'

The former Conservative health secretary, Lord Lansley, writes in the Daily Telegraph about his treatment for stage three bowel cancer and the screening programme he tried to introduce that he believes could have caught it sooner.

He considers himself lucky that he was "nagged" by his wife to see his GP; lucky that his doctor referred him to a specialist; and lucky that it had not spread to his liver.

But he reflects that surviving the disease should not be about luck, but should be down to early diagnoses and preventative medicine.

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A traveller who has hitchhiked around the world tells the Times that British drivers are among the most likely to respond to an upraised thumb.

In his blog, Juan Villarino records the time it took to secure a lift in each country.

In the UK, the average was 18 minutes longer than the seven minutes he would wait in Iraq, but much less than the three hours and 16 minutes he would spend on roadsides in Tibet.

As an Argentinian, it says his "most daunting voyage" in Britain was a car ride with a farmer who used to coach the Falkland Islands football team.