Newspaper Round Up: 19th of July 2020

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Daily Star Sunday
Meanwhile, comedian Ricky Gervais wants to be fed to lions when he dies, according to the Daily Star Sunday. The paper says the After Life creator likes the idea that zoo visitors will watch and say: "Is that the bloke from The Office?"
Sunday Express
"Don't try to smear Brexit," the Sunday Express leads with. The paper cites MPs who have warned that the report into alleged Russian interference in the 2017 general election and the 2016 Brexit vote - due to be published this week - must not be used to "sabotage Brexit".
Sunday Times
TikTok is shelving plans for a global headquarters in Britain, according to The Sunday Times. The paper says the social media giant's parent company ByteDance had been in talks with the government for several months, but hopes to create 3,000 jobs have been placed on hold as a "tit-for-tat economic war" threatens to erupt between London and Beijing. Also on the front page is a report that "work's running dry" as nearly 500 people applied for two vacancies at a pub in Wimbledon, London.
Sunday Mail
The Mail on Sunday reports that "Whitehall high-flyer" Antonia Romeo, reportedly tipped to become the first-ever female head of the Civil Service, was investigated in 2017 for bullying staff and misusing expenses. The paper says Mrs Romeo is a "leading contender" to replace the UK's top civil servant Sir Mark Sedwill, who is standing down from his role in September. The Cabinet Office said in a statement the allegations were "thoroughly investigated and were dismissed on the basis there was no case to answer".
Sunday Telegraph
"We will not need another national lockdown," Boris Johnson has told the Sunday Telegraph in an interview to mark his first year in office. The PM is quoted as saying the option of a nationwide lockdown is now akin to a "nuclear deterrent". The paper notes that Mr Johnson's comments appear to place him at odds with his Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance. Councils in England have been given sweeping powers to introduce local lockdowns in the event of Covid-19 outbreaks. Meanwhile, the government's test and trace system would not cope with a second wave of coronavirus, a senior official is quoted as telling the paper.
Sunday Mirror
Featuring prominently on many of Sunday's front pages is the photo of newlyweds Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. "Where's Dad?" is the question posed on the front page of the Sunday Mirror. The couple is photographed with the Queen and Prince Philip outside The Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor. The absence of the bride's father, Prince Andrew, from the official royal photos is a "glaring omission from family snaps", the paper writes.