What the papers say – September 29

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Violence at petrol pumps, a “fishing war” with France and money problems in Washington lead the national papers on Wednesday.

The Times carries the headline “Disruption at pumps could last for a month” and Metro says there are “first signs fuel crisis is easing” despite the paper carrying a photograph of a fight at a forecourt.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says the situation is improving but admits queueing for fuel is set to continue, according to the i.

The Daily Star refers to the violence at petrol pumps as “wild west Britain”, while The Independent reports Prime Minister Boris Johnson has rejected pleas to give health and care workers priority access to fuel.

The PM has vowed to sort food and drink supply chains to guarantee “we’ll save Christmas”, says the Daily Express, in a story also covered by the Daily Mail.

“French accuse UK of igniting fishing war”, reads the headline of The Daily Telegraph, with Paris reacting after just 12 fishing licences for small boats to operate in UK waters were granted out of 47 applications.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror leads on Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer promising to recruit thousands of new teachers “to sort out the mess schools have been left in by crippling Tory cuts”.

Sir Keir will also use his conference speech to “totally repudiate” the legacy of Jeremy Corbyn, reports The Guardian, which adds the politician will put addressing Britain’s mental health “crisis” at the heart of his pitch to voters.

And Washington’s treasury secretary Janet Yellen has warned the US risks running out of money by October 18 unless Congress resolves the stalemate over raising the country’s debt ceiling, according to the Financial Times.

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