Newspaper Round Up: 14th of November 2020

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Daily Express
Elsewhere, a close friend of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. describes to the Daily Express her belief that BBC Panorama's 1995 interview "helped spark a chain of events that ended in her death". Tina Brown claims in the paper that Diana disregarded her royal protection officers in the belief they were being paid to spy on her.
Daily Star
"See ya!" says the Daily Star, which has mounted a campaign of sorts against Mr Cummings in recent months. It describes the departing aide as "the weirdo blamed for destroying lockdown". His exit is "long overdue", the paper adds.
Times
Mr Cummings' departure came during a "purge of the Brexiteers", says the Times. The paper claims the PM told his chief aide to leave Downing Street with immediate effect. There were fears, the paper adds, that Mr Cummings and Mr Cain would "poison the well" at No 10 if they were allowed to see out the rest of the year in post.
Daily Mail
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has offered families hope there will be enough Covid tests for care home visitors by Christmas, the Daily Mail reports. Mr Hancock said a pilot scheme would end the need for "prison-style" plastic screens and other restrictions. "... but will it be too little too late?" the Mail asks.
Guardian
The Guardian declares the end of the "Cummings era", as it says both Mr Cummings and Mr Cain were blamed by MPs for "a macho culture and a series of communications crises". It says the PM has been urged to consider an MP as his next chief of staff to help heal divisions with backbench Tories.
Daily Mirror
"Now rest in peace," says the Daily Mirror as it focuses on the victims of Yorkshire Ripper Peter Sutcliffe following news of his death.
Daily Telegraph
Mr Cummings departs with a "broadside against his boss" according to the Daily Telegraph - claiming Mr Johnson is "indecisive" and accusing the PM of "dithering". The paper says Mr Cumming's allies also claimed Mr Johnson "had lost his powers of concentration". Allies of the PM, meanwhile, say claims of dithering applied to the occasions when Mr Johnson failed to do as Mr Cummings wanted. Mr Cummings tells the Telegraph that reports the PM accused him of wrongdoing during a final meeting were "invention". "We had a laugh together," he adds.
i
PM's team "torn apart by feud", is how the i Weekend reports the saga. "Leave means leave: bitter end to life at Downing Street for Dominic Cummings," it adds. Tory MPs say Mr Johnson should now focus on the coronavirus pandemic and Brexit, the paper adds.