Newspaper headlines: Workers’ rights plan and cyber-attack fears – BBC News


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The i leads with a pledge from Theresa May to guarantee EU labour laws for the UK, in what the party is calling the “biggest extension of employee rights by any Conservative government”. The party will make a commitment to increase the living wage and introduce statutory rights for family care and training. The newspaper says Mrs May is seeking to win over Labour voters with a promise to help “ordinary working families”.

Daily Express

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The Daily Express also leads with the workers’ rights plan from the Tories, calling it a “family friendly policies pledge”. The newspaper says it is a vote-winning package, which will also include rights to extended leave to care for sick relatives.

Daily Telegraph

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The Daily Telegraph also focuses on the leave to care for the elderly as promised by the PM. The newspaper says workers will be given a legal right to take a year off, which aims to help with the social care crisis – as well as win over traditional Labour voters.

Daily Mail

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The Daily Mail calls the PM’s plans a “revolution in the workplace”. The newspaper also reports that parents who lose a child will get a statutory two weeks of bereavement leave as part of the plans.

The Guardian

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The Guardian says that both main parties are “stepping up the fight” to win over working-class voters. As well as Mrs May’s launch, the newspaper reports that Jeremy Corbyn will promise to take one million patients off NHS waiting lists by 2020. During a speech to the Royal College of Nursing conference in Liverpool on Monday, the Labour leader is also to pledge an extra £37bn for the NHS over the next parliament.

The Times

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As well as leading with the Tories’ workers’ rights pledge, the Times reports on Friday’s global cyber-attack that hit the NHS in England and Scotland. The newspaper says that experts warned Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt last year that organisations were failing to prioritise cyber-security and continued to use obsolete systems.


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The Metro leads with a warning to office workers not to fall victim to the virus after Friday’s attack. The headline is “Don’t be held to ransom”, and explains how clicking on fake emails could see the malware infect all linked computers in a company.


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The Financial Times says the warning about fresh cyber-attacks is being given to businesses around the world. The newspaper reports that more than 1.3 million systems are still at risk and British intelligence officers believe another attack would be on a “significant scale”.

Daily Mirror

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The Daily Mirror also continues to lead on the cyber-attack story and warnings from experts that Monday could see a new scam hit. The newspaper also reports on last night’s Bafta awards, which saw two wins for the BBC’s Happy Valley, but Strictly Come Dancing missing out on a gong.

The Sun

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The Sun reports that Moors murderer Ian Brady is close to death as he is treated at the secure Ashworth Hospital on Merseyside. The 79-year-old killed five children during the 1960s.

Daily Star

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The rumoured move by Wayne Rooney to play football in China is at risk, according to the Daily Star, after the Manchester United player allegedly blew £500,000 at a casino. People close to the player told the newspaper they feared he would be at risk in the country, where gambling is incredibly popular.

The general election campaign is back on the front pages of Monday’s newspapers.

The Guardian reports the latest pledges from Labour and the Conservatives, saying both are stepping up the fight for the working-class vote.

Several papers lead with Tory plans to extend workers’ rights, including a policy which would allow workers a year of unpaid leave to care for sick relatives.

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The Daily Telegraph says the plan comes amid mounting concern about the scale of the social care crisis.

The Daily Mail calls it a bold foray into Labour territory, but cautions that the challenge now is to match the new rights with authentic Conservative policies to stimulate growth. That alone, the paper says, can pay for better working conditions.

Labour’s plans to invest an extra £37bn into the health service is welcomed by the Daily Mirror, which says the cash will help over-stretched staff and end the annual winter crisis in hospitals.

The newspaper says shorter waiting times and better treatment are achievable if higher earners and the wealthy are taxed fairly.

The Guardian says the Conservatives know that some of Labour’s policies poll well after a decade of austerity, so they are hammering home the message that Labour’s sums don’t add up.

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Cyber threat

Warnings of fresh cyber-attacks also loom large on the front pages, three days after the global ransomware incident. The Financial Times says many organisations around the world still haven’t upgraded vulnerable systems, despite urgent appeals.

The Daily Mail says hospitals are braced for mayhem as the NHS tries to get back on its feet. The newspaper reports that patients may have to wait a month or more to see a doctor as operations cancelled at the weekend are re-arranged.

The Guardian says it’s still not known how much damage the attacks have caused, and says people might have died as trauma units were shut down and operations postponed.

The Sun believes the attack could be just a taste of things to come, saying experts are warning of even more cunning tricks to cripple the computers our lives depend on.

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Could President Trump be looking to fire his staff?

The Daily Telegraph says President Trump is considering a purge of senior staff at the White House, after the most damaging week of his presidency.

The newspaper quotes political sources in Washington as saying the president has been taken aback by the fallout from his sudden dismissal of FBI director James Comey – and is on the hunt for someone to blame.

It also says that he has spoken candidly about a broad shake-up that could include demotions or dismissals.

Poisoned blooms

And the Times says poison is to blame for the demise of a spectacular wisteria that adorned a cottage in the Wiltshire village of Crudwell.

The newspaper says the plant began to wither and die soon after photographs were widely published, showing its purple flowers in full bloom.

The owners say horticulturists have ruled out disease or pests as the cause, leaving them to conclude that it was destroyed in a callous act of vandalism.


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