Newspaper headlines: Police sex abuse claims and peers that are 'born to rule'

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"As the lockdown anniversary looms", the Sunday Express says pressure is growing on the prime minister to restore people's freedoms. The paper predicts that backbench MPs may rebel when asked this week to extend emergency coronavirus laws.

One likely rebel MP, Steve Baker, asks in The Sun on Sunday "Why are restrictions tougher than...before we had the vaccine?"

The Sunday Telegraph suggests cabinet ministers are divided over which measures should continue. The Sunday Times urges them to "stick to" the "roadmap to freedom".

The Observer says as concerns rise over the blanket travel ban, a traffic light system is being considered so countries with low levels of coronavirus can be given a green light.

Doubts over foreign holidays

But a government source tells the Mail on Sunday that "No 10 is willing to sacrifice holidays abroad to protect domestic reopening".

The Observer leads on what it calls a "grim list" of more than 100 sex abuse claims upheld against Met officers.

Documents reveal that a rape victim complained that an investigating officer, who was later dismissed, had sex with her, "taking advantage of her vulnerability." The Met said it took the allegations seriously and lessons were learnt from each case.

Former officers talk to the Sunday Mirror about their experiences of sexism and bullying in different forces. Sir Peter Fahy - who served as chief constable of Greater Manchester - says he wouldn't want his daughters to join the police.

A GMP spokesperson said improving the safety, well-being and confidence of the public underpinned all that they did.

The Sunday People reports that up to 17,000 members of the armed forces have been physically, racially or sexually abused by colleagues in the past year. The figure came from an inquiry into the treatment of women in the armed forces.

The Ministry of Defence said anyone who fell short of its high standards of behaviour would be dealt with robustly.

Writing in the Sun, Home Secretary Priti Patel speaks of what she calls her "radical reforms to fix" the "broken asylum system". She says the changes will stop "repugnant gangs" trafficking people. The measures are applauded by the paper.

The Sunday Telegraph says the minister "deserves enormous credit" for what it calls "such a bold and comprehensive reform".

According to the Sunday Times, David Cameron sent a series of texts to the Chancellor, lobbying him to grant taxpayer funded loans to the finance firm, Greensill Capital, where he was an adviser. Most of the texts to Rishi Sunak's private phone are said to have gone unanswered.

Greensill, which later went bust, was said to have already held unsuccessful talks with officials about a bailout. The Sunday Times said Mr Cameron hadn't responded to requests for comment.

The Sunday Telegraph reports that the government is planning to take over the running of Liverpool. Police are investigating a series of corruption allegations. The city's mayor, Joe Anderson, who was arrested last year, has denied any wrongdoing.

And the Daily Star on Sunday says the armed forces are facing an obesity crisis, with 20,000 personnel being told they're too heavy. The MoD says it offers nutrition and weight management advice. The Star jokes in its headline "He ain't half fat, Mum".