Newspaper Round Up: 24th of October 2020

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Times
"UK targets Putin allies" is the headline on the front page of the Times, with the paper citing comments made by former cabinet secretary Lord Mark Sedwill. He told Times Radio that a "series of discreet measures" were being used against Russia, including targeting oligarchs' illicit money trails.
Daily Star
"Britain… 1, Bozo and co… 0" is how the Daily Star puts it. "United! United!" is emblazoned on the front page, with a photo of Rashford taking centre stage, surrounded by screenshots of businesses offering food via social media.
Guardian
And councils are also stepping up, the Guardian reports, with scores pledging to feed disadvantaged children. Following the angry response from many across the country, the government is understood to be preparing for a partial climbdown, the paper adds, by expanding access to holiday activity clubs where meals are served. However, there are delays from the Treasury, the paper says, citing local government sources.
Daily Express
And the Daily Express cites a health expert who says coronavirus can be beaten with a combination of vaccines, improved testing and contact tracing. Professor High Pennington described it as an "admission of failure" to say the virus was here to stay.
Daily Telegraph
Elsewhere, the National Trust could face an investigation by the Charity Commission for straying from its "clear, simple purpose" to oversee historic buildings and treasures, the Daily Telegraph reports. The paper quotes Baroness Stowell of Beeston, chairman of the charity regulator, who said the trust should not "lose sight" of what its members expect. The paper adds that the commission approached the trust earlier this month following complains over the latter's review of links between its properties and the British Empire.
Daily Mail
The Daily Mail leads with the "bizarre" lockdown measures gripping Britain. As Wales' firebreak lockdown begins, shoppers have been banned from buying "non-essential" items such as socks, toasters, bedding, towels and cards, the paper reports. "It's Covid hysteria," the paper says. Police on the border with England have prepared extra patrols to catch half-term holidaymakers. The Mail adds that millions of Britons are being "secretly watched" under a scheme to monitor social distancing.
Daily Mirror
The Daily Mirror says the nation's reaction "shames Tory MPs". The paper quotes Labour MP Lucy Powell who said the government "should be ashamed" for failing to help families over the school holidays.
i
"Kindness of strangers" is the headline on the front of the i weekend, with the paper one of several to lead on the country's response in offering free meals to disadvantaged children. It comes after MPs voted against extending free school meals over half term in England. Businesses including pubs, cafes and restaurants responded overwhelmingly after footballer Marcus Rashford's call to action.