Newspaper headlines: A cross-party alliance to ‘dump May’?

The Times

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MPs from Labour, the DUP and the Conservatives are “lining up to sack Theresa May” if her Brexit deal does not pass Tuesday’s Commons vote, according to the Times. The newspaper says that, should the PM be ousted, those expected to compete to succeed her include Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, Amber Rudd, Liz Truss, Sajid Javid, Jeremy Hunt and Michael Gove.

Daily Telegraph

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The Daily Telegraph also leads on the prime minister’s future. The paper reports that ministers believe the chances of Mrs May’s deal passing Tuesday’s vote are “zero”, and that she will “told to quit” if she loses the vote. To add to the PM’s woes, the Telegraph suggests three “middle-ranking Eurosceptic ministers” are considering resigning because they “cannot back the prime minister’s Brexit deal”.


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The Guardian’s front page also features trouble for Mrs May, who is reportedly trying to “forestall a rash of resignations” ahead of Tuesday’s vote. The paper’s lead story, however, is about activist Tommy Robinson. According to the report, Mr Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, is receiving “financial, political and moral support from an array of non-British groups”. The Guardian says that Mr Robinson did not respond when asked to comment on the story.

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Statins – the cholesterol-reducing drug – “would save thousands of lives” in the UK if administered in “big, regular doses”, reports the i weekend. The paper, quoting a report by researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Leicester, says the treatment could prevent 12,000 heart attacks and strokes each year.

Daily Express

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The Daily Express also leads on the statins story, reporting that some people in the trial saw a 40% reduction “in their risk of suffering a cardiovascular event”.

Daily Mail

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“You little miracle!” reads the front page of the Daily Mail, which splashes on an interview with the first woman to give birth using a womb transplanted from a dead person. Fabiana Santos was born in Brazil without a womb but, after a successful transplant in 2016, gave birth to her daughter, Luisa.

The Sun

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After a nine-year association with the brand, singer Cheryl has been dropped by cosmetics company L’Oreal, according to the Sun. The paper claims her contract, which saw her appear in shampoo adverts, was worth £4m.

The Mirror

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The Mirror says that BBC licence-fee payers might “feel short-changed” this Christmas due to the number of re-runs set to be broadcast over the festive period. The paper says the number of repeats is set to rise 50% in comparison to last year. The story carries quotes from Kate Phillips, BBC controller of entertainment commissioning, arguing some viewers “love” repeats.

FT Weekend

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The news that Germany’s ruling Christian Democrat Union has chosen Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as its new party leader – ending Angela Merkel’s 18-year reign – makes the front page of the FT Weekend. The CDU general secretary narrowly beat Friedrich Merz, a millionaire lawyer, in a run-off vote in Hamburg. Mrs Merkel remains as German chancellor.

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The Daily Star’s front page features a story about ambulance crews being made to “hand over” gifts given to them by grateful members of the public.

The Times says MPs are preparing to force the prime minister out of office – if she loses the vote on her Brexit deal on Tuesday.

The paper reports there have been “febrile” communications among Conservative MPs ahead of a potential leadership election.

It goes on to name seven senior Tories who are likely to run – including Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab and Amber Rudd.

It claims that Mr Johnson has told allies to expect Theresa May to resign on Wednesday.

The Guardian, meanwhile, says the prime minister will spend the weekend at Chequers, before embarking on what it says could be “the closing act of her premiership”.

It says a number of Brexit supporting junior ministers could resign on Tuesday, unless there are major changes to her deal.

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Is Theresa May’s time at Number 10 coming to an end?

In its editorial, the Sun is highly critical of plans for a so-called “Norway plus” form of Brexit – where the UK would leave the EU, but remain in the single market.

The paper describes the proposal as a “non-Brexit” that only satisfies those who campaigned to Remain.

It adds that another referendum would be a better option – but it says Remain cannot be on the ballot paper, as it was defeated in 2016.

Elsewhere, the Daily Telegraph says it understands that Roman Abramovich is one of a group of Russian oligarchs being targeted by British intelligence – as part of a campaign to disrupt the activities of President Vladimir Putin.

It says a list of six wealthy and high-profile Russians has been drawn up by intelligence agencies and approved by the prime minister.

It adds that the list will be shared with Britain’s allies in Europe and North America in attempt to disrupt their ability to travel and do business.

Mr Abramovich’s spokesman declined to comment – but a source said the Chelsea FC owner was emphatically not in Mr Putin’s inner circle.

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The front page headline in the FT Weekend is: “Outsourcer fights to avert collapse”.

The paper says Interserve – which carries out a large number of government projects – is in talks that could see creditors take control, in an effort to avoid what it calls “a Carilion style collapse”.

The FT points out that the firm employs 45,000 people in the UK and provides services in a range of areas, including schools and hospitals.

Finally, the Daily Mail says Prince Charles is set to become the first member of the royal family to visit Cuba.

It reports an historic visit to the communist state is in the early stages of planning – but has not yet been officially confirmed.

It points out that such a trip would have been unthinkable just a few years ago, when the country was still under the firm control of Fidel Castro and his family.

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