Newspaper Round Up: 29th of June 2020

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Daily Express
The Daily Express says the PM has taken an "axe" to the civil service. It reports that Mr Johnson has launched a "sweeping" shake-up of government after "forcing" Sir Mark out.
Daily Mail
The Daily Mail's front page is one of several to feature a picture of a front-line nurse cuddling her toddler for what it says is the first time after weeks of self-isolation. In its top story, the paper reports that patients "will have to wait up to a year" for hip and knee replacements as a result of "strict infection controls" in the NHS. It says doctors are concerned that some patients on waiting lists are being prescribed "highly addictive opioid painkillers".
Daily Star
Boxer Tyson Fury says he is "taunted for his gypsy heritage", the Daily Star reports. The paper calls it his "race abuse hell".
Guardian
The Guardian calls Sir Mark's departure a "victory" for Mr Cummings - who can be seen clapping as Sir Mark and the PM shake hands in a photograph from last year on the front page. It reports that former colleagues say Sir Mark was "unfairly smeared.... over the government's coronavirus failings and for supposedly blocking Whitehall reforms". Bob Kerslake, the former head of the civil service, tells the paper he fears that the civil service is "being made the fall guy for mistakes made in the handling of the pandemic".
Times
The Times leads on Mr Johnson's pledge to spend £1bn on 50 major school building projects in England. In a speech, the PM is expected to stress "the need to spread opportunity more fairly" in the wake of the pandemic, the paper reports. Details of which schools are to receive funding will be announced in the autumn, it adds.
Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph features the same picture. In its top story, it reports that Prime Minister Boris Johnson "will search for a Brexiteer to run the civil service" after Sir Mark Sedwill confirmed he plans to stand down in September. It says Sir Mark lost a "power struggle" with the PM's top aide Dominic Cummings - and his departure will "allow Mr Johnson to recruit a 'believer' to implement reforms he and Mr Cummings put on hold".
Daily Mirror
The prime minister "must come good on vows to end the North-South divide" as he plans the UK's economic recovery, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham tells the Daily Mirror . "Keep your promise," the front page says, next to headshots of the two men.
i
The i claims that Tory donor Richard Desmond hosted lunch for Mr Johnson in 2010 and asked "how he could obtain planning permission" for a luxury housing development. Mr Desmond tells the paper he "cannot remember if they discussed the development" while No 10 says Mr Johnson "followed correct process".
Metro
The Metro also splashes Charlotte Cole's "first cuddle in 11 weeks" with son George. The paper leads with a warning from Sir Jeremy Farrar, a member of the government's Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, that the UK remains "on a knife edge" when it comes to the easing of coronavirus restrictions.
Financial Times
The Financial Times also looks at who will take on the two roles carried out by Sir Mark. The paper says the appointment of David Frost as the new national security adviser was "greeted with dismay" by some who "feel that he is under qualified", while No 10 said another mandarin would replace Sir Mark as cabinet secretary. A Whitehall figure tells the paper the shake-up is "all about control".