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What the Newspapers Say – October 23

The race to find out who will be Britain’s third prime minister in as many months is the story that drives Sunday’s newspapers.

The Sunday Express celebrates the ex-Prime Minister’s return to British shores for another run for the top job with ‘Boris is back!’.

The Observer reports that senior Tories are engaged in a ‘frantic campaign’ to prevent him from staging a dramatic return to Downing Street, saying he would cause further economic damage and risk ‘the end of the Tory Party’.

The Sunday Times also says the ex-PM has been shunned by the ‘conservative right’ as Rishi Sunak’s own support grows.

The Independent challenges claims by Mr Johnson’s supporters that he has secured the 100 signatures from Tory MPs he needs to enter the race.

sunday sun and The Sunday Telegraph lead with reports that Mr Johnson and Mr Sunak were ‘locked in talks’ late at night as their party urged them to strike a deal to avoid a ‘conservative civil war’.

“Conservatives can’t even govern themselves,” says the sunday mirrorbearing comments by Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer as Mr Johnson’s camp was accused of lying by Mr Sunak’s camp about the number of supporters secured.

Sunday people splashes with an opinion piece accusing the Tories of letting ‘schools fall apart’ as they are ‘more focused on bickering among themselves over who should run them’.

And the Sunday of the Daily Stars carries AC/DC singer Brian Johnson’s claim that when he was in the Home Army Parachute Regiment in Germany, he thought he saw the ghost of a World War I soldier.