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”.
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”.