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