Newspaper headlines: Theresa May’s future debated on front pages

Newspaper headlines: Theresa May's future debated on front pages

The i front page, 15/4/19

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The prime minister's future is the subject of front-page reports once again, as several papers give a sense of a Conservative Party in chaos. The i says MPs are seeking a change of party rules to allow a fresh leadership challenge, less than a year after Theresa May saw off the last one.

Metro front page, 15/4/19

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On the Metro's front page, former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith is quoted demanding Mrs May stand down before the European elections. Polls suggest just 17% of voters will back the Conservatives, the paper says.

The Times front page, 15/4/19

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However, the Times suggests leadership rivals would prefer Mrs May to hang around until the first part of the Brexit deal is complete. A supporter of one candidate is quoted saying their leadership campaign would be damaged if the election was held against a backdrop of Brexit uncertainty.

The Daily Telegraph front page, 15/4/19

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Meanwhile, according to the Daily Telegraph, the chancellor has mocked some of the Brexiteer leadership rivals. It quotes Philip Hammond telling an audience at the British Embassy in Washington that Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Andrea Leadsom all lost the 2016 leadership bids because of "suicide pacts".

Daily Mail front page, 15/4/19

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Away from politics, the Daily Mail reports that Shamima Begum – the teenager who ran away from London to join the Islamic State group in Syria – has been granted legal aid to fight the decision to remove her British citizenship.

Daily Mirror front page, 15/4/19

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Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror carries an exclusive report from Afghanistan, where it says British forces are training the military to halt the rise of the Islamic State group in Khorasan Province.

Daily Express front page, 15/4/19

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The Daily Express says 44,740 weapons – including illegal blades, airguns, Tasers and CS gas – were seized at court buildings over a five-year period. The figures "show the contempt knife and gun thugs hold for the law", the paper says.

Guardian front page, 15/4/19

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The Guardian carries news of a consultation on a government plan to prevent landlords being able to evict tenants at short notice after a fixed-term contract has ended.

Financial Times front page, 15/4/19

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The Financial Times says the NHS has started "topping up doctors' salaries with cash to help them avoid hefty tax bills from tighter pensions rules that have led thousands to retire early".

The Sun front page, 15/4/19

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The Sun claims that Benedict Cumberbatch was involved in a road accident. It quotes Hampshire Police saying no complaints were made and no criminal offences were investigated.

Daily Star front page, 15/4/19

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Finally, the Daily Star notes the 02:00 BST start for the latest Game of Thrones series and predicts "millions" of Britons will "call in sick" to work.

The latest rivalries in the Conservative Party make the front pages of several newspapers.

The i and Metro focus on comments from one of Theresa May's party leader predecessors – Iain Duncan Smith – that she should quit before next month's European elections.

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph says Chancellor Philip Hammond gave a speech in Washington "pouring scorn" on Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and Andrea Leadsom – who all failed in their bids to become Tory leader in 2016.

It quotes Mr Hammond saying: "Gove and Johnson knifed each other in an unintended suicide pact… then Leadsom knifed herself in a private suicide pact."

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The Telegraph says the comments resonate as "a succession of leading Tories" line up to replace Theresa May, including Home Secretary Sajid Javid who is due to address 100 police and crime experts today.

According to the Times, at least three cabinet members vying for No 10 are keen to avoid a leadership election before a Brexit deal is passed in the Commons.

An earlier challenge, they suggest, would hand the initiative to a candidate from the right of the party.

But, writing on the Spectator website, Toby Young argues that's what the Tories need – an "unapologetic Thatcherite" who doesn't always try to be politically correct.

Tiger's roar

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A picture of a triumphant Tiger Woods – arms aloft, roaring with joy – appears on most of the front pages after his victory at the Masters in Augusta.

The Daily Telegraph calls it "the greatest comeback since Muhammad Ali", while the i declares: "The big cat is back on the prowl."

The Sun's Dave Kidd is awestruck. "Even after he suffered complete personal and physical breakdown, there he was, striding down the 18th fairway to claim a fifth Green Jacket," he says.

The Daily Mirror points to the countless operations the 43-year-old has needed in recent years – including career-saving spinal fusion surgery.

This has made Woods a different man, Mike Atherton suggests in the Times, one "held together by metal, humbled in the past, aware of his vulnerabilities, and, as a result, more humane".

'Terrifying' fire

Another living legend to hit the headlines – though for less happy reasons – is Dame Joan Collins, whose central London flat caught light on Saturday afternoon.

On its front page the Daily Express announces: "999 crew treat Dame Joan after she flees flat blaze."

"Joan's fire hell," is the headline in the Mirror, which says her husband fought the "terrifying" blaze.

The Sun says the fire "blackened walls and window frames", and is still under investigation.

'Outrageous allegations'

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Ecuadoran President Lenin Moreno was interviewed by the Guardian

Claims about the conduct of Julian Assange while in refuge at the Ecuadorian embassy in London make both the Times and Guardian front pages.

The Guardian interviews the country's president, Lenin Moreno, who claims the WikiLeaks co-founder tried to use the embassy as a "centre for spying".

Mr Moreno accuses Mr Assange of "absolutely reprehensible behaviour", suggesting he "mistreated" embassy staff during his near-seven-year stay, and repeatedly violated his asylum conditions.

Mr Assange's lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, said Ecuador had consciously made "pretty outrageous allegations" about him to justify his arrest last Thursday.

The Times also carries an appeal from Mr Assange's father to the Australian prime minister to bring his son home to Melbourne.

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