Newspaper headlines: 'Alex back home' and 'Cameron calls for ceasefire'

Sunday People

Sunday Mirror

The Sunday Mirror opts for a similar headline to its sister paper the Sunday People. Alex Batty was met at Toulouse Airport by a family member and two officers before flying back to the UK. A pyrotechnic-infused picture of the Strictly Come Dancing winners also makes the Sunday Mirror’s front page.

Mail on Sunday

Sunday Telegraph

Sunday Times


Sunday Express

The Sunday Express reveals Motor Neurone Disease (MND) campaigners Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrow will be honoured in the King’s New Year’s honour list after raising £9m. Rugby league player Rob Burrow has lived with MND, a degenerative condition, since 2019.

Daily Star Sunday

The Daily Star Sunday features a picture of grumpy-looking man in a Santa hat, to illustrate a story about how many of us will be dodging our relatives in the garden this Yuletide. The paper says one in three will flee relatives for “me time”.

The smiling face of the young Alex Batty, before he went missing six years ago, is pictured on the front of the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday People.

The People says the seventeen year-old will hold an emotional reunion with his grandmother, who has been waiting for him at her home in Oldham. His aunt, Maureen Batty, tells the Sun on Sunday that he went away as a boy and has come back as a man, and that she just wants to give him a huge hug.

The Sunday Times leads with Lord Cameron’s call for a “sustainable Gaza ceasefire”. The paper says this will pile pressure on Israel to end the bloodshed. He has jointly penned his intervention with the German foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, and their article appears in both the Times and the Welt am Sonntag newspaper in Germany.

The Times notes the pair do not call for an immediate ceasefire, and in its editorial says the proposal raises more questions than it answers. “What is to be done,” it asks, “if Hamas refuses to come to the table… and wants Israel to be wiped off the map?”

The Observer says the accidental killing of three hostages in Gaza, by the Israeli military, has been met with “incredulity” in Israel. The paper adds that this has amplified “a sense of anger over the Netanyahu government’s handling of the hostage crisis”.

Giorgia Meloni and Rishi Sunak

Rishi Sunak embraces his Italian counterpart Giorgia Meloni in Rome

Rishi Sunak’s warning that hostile states are using migration to destabilise the West is the lead in the Sunday Telegraph. The prime minister made the comments at a festival in Italy hosted by the populist party of his Italian counterpart, Giorgia Meloni.

The Telegraph takes Mr Sunak’s intervention as a sign that he is now prepared to push for a revamp of asylum conventions. According to the Mail on Sunday’s headline, the prime minister expressed fears that Britain would be “overwhelmed” by illegal migration.

The Observer says Mr Sunak has been accused of using “toxic rhetoric” on the issue.

Concerns about a planned takeover of the Telegraph by the United Arab Emirates have spread across the political spectrum, according to its Sunday edition. It says the Liberal Democrats have joined some Conservatives MPs, in voicing fears about leaving “an institution of British journalism in the hands of an autocratic state”.

The man leading the bid has insisted the paper’s independence would be maintained.

A man appears grumpy in a lounge at Christmas

The Daily Star says one in three men will flee relatives on Christmas Day

The Sunday Express says that rugby league’s Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrow will be recognised by the King with CBEs in the New Year Honours for their campaigning on motor neurone disease.

The paper says that Burrow, who was diagnosed with the condition four years ago, and his former teammate Sinfield have stolen the hearts of the nation, after raising £9m pounds to help fund treatments.

The Daily Star draws on a survey which suggests that one in three men will flee relatives on Christmas Day by retreating to the shed. The paper says sneaking off to the bottom of the garden can help avoid rows about politics or what to watch on TV after Christmas lunch is finished – with many men pretending they have a DIY task on the go.

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