Newspaper headlines: 'Another day, another lie' and PM 'under the cosh' – BBC

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The Daily Telegraph says that Boris Johnson's adviser on standards is on the "verge of quitting" – following claims that the prime minister gave misleading information about the refurbishment of his Downing Street flat.
The paper reports that Lord Geidt – who investigated the way the renovation was funded – will consider his position unless Mr Johnson can explain why "vital evidence" was not shared. Yesterday, the Electoral Commission fined the Conservatives almost £18,000 for breaching the rules on reporting donations.
The Guardian says if Lord Geidt was in fact misled, the PM faces a "potential suspension from the House of Commons". No 10 denies any inconsistency in the evidence put forward, but The Daily Mirror is not convinced, summing up the story with the headline: "Another Day…Another Lie".
A YouGov poll for The Times suggests that more than two-thirds of voters now have doubts about Mr Johnson's integrity – as the row about last year's Christmas party at Downing Street continues. The paper says he is facing battles "on several fronts", with up to 100 Tory MPs expected to vote against his plans for Covid vaccine passports in England next week.
The Daily Express believes the prime minister is "under the cosh", while the Metro says his only respite yesterday came courtesy of his wife, Carrie, giving birth to their second child.
According to the i, possible successors to Mr Johnson are canvassing support – in case "things fall down" for him. The foreign secretary, Liz Truss, is understood to have been "quietly wooing MPs on the sidelines" while those close to Chancellor Rishi Sunak have apparently been doing the same. One of his allies disputes the story, while a spokesman for Ms Truss claims it's "total and utter rubbish".
The Financial Times reports that the government has rejected demands from business leaders for additional support for companies facing a loss of trade because of "Plan B" Covid restrictions in England. The British Beer and Pub Association fears the rule changes will hit sales by up to 30%, but Treasury officials say there is already help in place.
The Daily Mail has an update on Geronimo, the alpaca that was put down in the summer amid disputed claims it had bovine tuberculosis. The paper reveals that post-mortem tests on the animal have found no trace of the disease, and Geronimo's owner, Helen Macdonald, could now sue ministers over its manslaughter.
The environment secretary, George Eustice, and the UK's chief vet, Dr Christine Middlemiss, previously defended killing the alpaca – insisting it was vital to halt the spread of bovine TB. Mr Eustice's department declined to comment on the latest tests.
And the Sun thinks that Lego may be a more sensible investment than gold, art or stocks and shares. Research by the Higher School of Economics in Moscow has found that the secondary market for old Lego kits rises by 11% every year – and is less volatile than the bullion and bond market. The study also suggests that people can make a 600% return on rare, limited edition sets of the children's bricks.
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