Newspaper headlines: Javid under pressure and AJ shows his bruises

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There is plenty of coverage of the government's efforts to tackle migrants crossing the English Channel.

A senior Conservative MP, Tim Loughton, tells the Times that Home Secretary Sajid Javid needs to "show a much greater sense of urgency".

The Daily Express complains there has been "institutional paralysis" on the issue, while the Sun warns that if, what it calls, "these desperate attempts to cross" continue, someone will die.

But writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Javid says the reasons for increased crossings are "complicated" - and the UK will be part of a broader international effort to tackle the problem.

The i says Tory enemies are circling the home secretary. The paper says his decision to fly back from his Christmas holiday will be interpreted as an attempt to minimise the damage to his leadership credentials.

The Daily Mirror agrees, saying "no greater sacrifice can a Tory millionaire cabinet minister make than to lay down a £840-a-night holiday for the sake of his ambitions".

But Mr Javid's allies tell the Telegraph there had been a "stitch up" by Downing Street, after the details of his luxury safari holiday were leaked in what they say was revenge for clashes with Theresa May over immigration. A No 10 source denied this.

The lead in the Financial Times says several international banks are warning that staff that commuting from London to Europe is "not a long term option" after Brexit - dashing the hopes of many employees.

Thousands of jobs are being moved from the City to Paris, Frankfurt and Dublin in the next few months so the banks can continue to work with EU clients after the UK leaves the bloc.

Insiders at JP Morgan, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley have told the paper staff will only get financial support to commute for a few months after their posts are transferred.

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"An unlikely alliance" of MPs have written to Andrea Leadsom to demand a debate on online hate and fake news

The website Huffpost UK says "an unlikely political alliance" has been formed between MPs - including the Conservative Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg and Labour Remainer David Lammy - to try to tackle online hate, fake news and radicalisation.

They have written to the leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom, demanding parliamentary time to debate and vote on a bill to make administrators legally responsible for what is published on the online forums they moderate.

'Cheated' over bins

Hundreds of families whose bins are emptied only every four weeks by their council are paying up to £450 a year for private collections, according to the Daily Mail.

Conwy in North Wales became the first council in England and Wales to make the switch to monthly rubbish collections in September.

One resident says he feels "cheated". But the council tells the paper the amount of recycling has gone up and waste fallen.

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Monks at Canterbury Cathedral were involved in a rivalry with Durham

New research, reported in the Telegraph, suggests medieval monks at Canterbury Cathedral may have committed arson as part of a rivalry with the other 12th Century tourist hot spot - Durham.

Emma Wells, a professor at York University, tells the paper the murder of Thomas Becket in 1170 had driven pilgrims to Canterbury.

To try to compete, Durham made its building more beautiful. Then a fire ripped through the choir at Canterbury in 1174 - enabling them to make room for a huge crypt dedicated to Becket. Dr Wells says this was too lucky to be a coincidence.