Newspaper headlines: Theresa May – should she stay or go? – BBC News

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In an article in the Daily Telegraph, Home Secretary Amber Rudd appeals for Theresa May to stay on as prime minister and says Britain has reached a “turning point as a nation”. The Telegraph says Ms Rudd said Mrs May should continue after the trio of mishaps that blighted her conference speech, but became the first cabinet minister to acknowledge there was a question surrounding the prime minister’s future.

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In contrast, the Daily Mirror says that Conservative MPs are plotting to force Mrs May to quit by Christmas. According to the Mirror, a group of 30 rebels plan to confront her within three days.

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The Times says former Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps has been accused of leading dozens of rebels in a plot to oust the prime minister. Mr Shapps tells the Times: “I think having lost an election the party must look for a new leader to take us forward.”

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The i says ringleaders claim 30 Conservative MPs will call for Mrs May to step down but a majority of the parliamentary party still backs her after a “shaky comeback speech”.

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The Metro says Mrs May is clinging to power despite “emerging plots”, with one MP saying there was a 50% chance she would be forced out on Friday.

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Meanwhile, the Financial Times says Chancellor Philip Hammond is facing what officials describe as “a bloodbath” in the public finances in his Budget next month as weak economic forecasts derail the government’s plans.

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In the Daily Mail, justice minister Phillip Lee warns that the UK is a “selfish” society where families shirk their duty by “outsourcing” the care of their elderly relatives.

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The Sun says Prince Charles has caused a storm after claiming that gangs of pirates off Somalia have proved “fantastic” for fish stocks stocks by boosting marine life.

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The Daily Express says researchers have found that drinking tea changes the way the body breaks down fat and could help in losing weight. Experts found that drinking black tea changes bacteria in the gut, explains the Express.

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The Daily Star claims that Britain’s original “killer clown” has been fired from his job at the Circus of Horrors because he is too scary for the children. Doug Child tells the Star: “I am just devastated.”

Speculation about the prime minister’s future dominates most of Friday’s front pages.

Under the headline All We Want For Christmas Is A New PM, the Daily Mirror quotes one MP as saying Theresa May is “like a pet waiting to be put down”.

A former Cabinet minister tells the i: ‘It’s not terminal yet, but she is in intensive care”, while former cabinet minister David Mellor tells The Daily Telegraph Mrs May is a “dead woman walking“.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd writes in the same paper that Mrs May should remain as leader at what she calls “a turning point for the nation”. The Times says government whips will canvass Tory MPs over the weekend.

The Financial Times reports that Chancellor Philip Hammond is facing a “bloodbath” in the public finances in next month’s Budget, because official growth forecasts have been too optimistic.

The Office for Budget Responsibility is said to have overestimated productivity for the past seven years – meaning much of the £26bn set aside to help the economy through Brexit could be “wiped out”.

The Sun seizes on the “bloodbath” theme, employing the headline “Hamma Horror“. It says the warning “will stoke fears the chancellor will be forced to push through stinging tax rises”.

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The papers are divided in their opinion of the investigation into allegations against Sir Edward Heath.

The Guardian believes the police have a duty to examine any potential abuse of power and the Daily Express agrees that “it can deliver closure for victims and help them access compensation”, even if the supposed perpetrator is dead.

But a leading criminologist brought on to the case last year writes in The Times that it was a shambles, based on “a catalogue of fabrication“.

The paper’s editorial says it’s hard to argue with claims the Wiltshire force was “appealing to fantasists and attention-seekers”.

Boris Becker’s financial woes are detailed on the front of The Times. It says the former tennis champion borrowed £2m from John Caudwell, the billionaire co-founder of Phones 4U, after he was warned that he could be jailed as his debts reached £50m.

The money, it says, “enabled him to juggle the demands of banks, an ex-wife and lover and business partners while maintaining his jet-set lifestyle”.

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Jamie Oliver’s specially designed Land Rover has a host of cooking features including a slow-cooker, barbecue, and olive oil dispenser

The Daily Mail reveals how Jamie Oliver has paid £100,000 to turn his Land Rover into a mobile kitchen.

The custom-built car, it says, features a rotisserie, pasta maker, slow cooker, wheel-mounted butter and ice cream churners and a toaster wedged between the front seats.

And the Sun features a landlord in Bristol who may have been inspired by Alan Bennett, by advertising for a tenant to live in a van parked on his street.

The vehicle is described as having “all the facilities for winter living” including a wood burner, oven and double bed – but the paper says it is untaxed and could be towed away.


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