Tom Cruise 'to quit' Scientology to see more of Suri

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From the Sunday papers: from the generals for hire to Tom Cruise 'quitting Scientology'

LAST UPDATED AT 11:52 ON Sun 14 Oct 2012

HIS LINKS with Scientology were reported to be too much for Katie Holmes but now Tom Cruise is willing to quit the church to see more of his daughter Suri or even win back his ex - according to the Sunday Mirror. The paper quotes unspecified "sources close to the star" as saying a split from the church, which he joined in 1990, is on the cards…

THE SUNDAY TIMES today exposes "generals for hire" after its Insight team secretly filmed top-ranking retired military officers boasting that they could win arms contracts for firms by lobbying, despite official rules which prevent them from doing so. The MoD has launched an investigation into four men including Lord Dannatt, former head of the Army, who talked about sidestepping a ban on discussion of a contract because he went to school with the MoD's top civil servant…

THE TERRITORIAL Army is to lose its name in a radical shake up of the armed forces outlined by defence secretary Philip Hammond in The Sunday Telegraph. While dropping the name in favour of something which implies greater integration with the regular army, Hammond would like to double the number of reservists and equip them better….

THE TAXPAYER will be saved millions of pounds after it was decided to put MPs' "gold-plated" pension arrangements on the same footing as other public sector workers. Members of Parliament may now have to wait until after the age of 65 to get their pensions and may have to increase the amount of their contributions, reports The Sunday Times

MORE THAN 60 per cent of those who died in the Hillsborough disaster could have been saved, far more than was estimated by the recent report into the tragedy, says The Observer. A panel found last month that 41 of the 96 victims might have been saved if the emergency services had responded better and with greater speed. Now further analysis suggests the figure should have been set at 58…

THE IRON LADY has turned platinum, notes the Mail on Sunday. Baroness Thatcher was photographed leaving her home with her son Sir Mark and his wife Sarah for a birthday lunch at a London restaurant yesterday with her famous coiffure as immaculate as ever - but now completely white. The controversial ex-PM is now 87 years old and is suffering from dementia…

THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH reports that Jimmy Savile, the late disc jockey who has been accused of numerous sexual offences, paid police to drop an investigation into him "interfering with young girls" - according to his ex-bodyguard. The paper has found that Savile was investigated for sexual abuse claims by police at least six times but always evaded prosecution…

X FACTOR judge Gary Barlow almost quit the show when his act, country singer Carolynne Poole, was voted off prompting people to ask if the show was fixed. Poole lost her place to joke act Deadlock, backed by Louis Walsh, says the Sunday Mirror. Barlow felt the show's reputation was damaged when ITV producer Richard Holloway came on stage during the vote, apparently whispering instructions to Walsh...

AFTER a lifelong hatred of all things Conservative, The Observer's Nick Cohen reveals a visit to the party conference forced him to shed his prejudices. He writes: "Conservative activists are no different from activists in other parties: admirable and, alas, rare people, prepared to give up private pleasures to try to change their country." As for the politicians, at least one health minister Cohen met - Daniel Poulter - was "obviously committed to the NHS" and "so clearly concerned about the sick". But while Tories can be good people, their "refusal to rectify their mistakes" by adopting a 'Plan B' for the economy "has wicked consequences". · 

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