Most of the front pages focus on Boris Johnson’s speech at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester on Wednesday.
Many highlight the reaction of business leaders with the Guardian saying the address was condemned by many as “vacuous” and “bombastic”.
The Times also reports that the prime minister faces a “business backlash”, saying many pro-Brexit industry figures have accused the government of treating them like a “bogeyman” over labour shortages.
The Daily Mirror’s assessment is that Mr Johnson’s address was “out of touch”. Metro sums up the event with the headline “Build back banter”, saying the speech was filled with jokes, but light on policy.
In contrast, the Daily Express calls the prime minister “Iron Man Boris”, and declares that he took the “conference by storm” vowing to “unleash the spirit of Britain” and deliver opportunity for all.
The address was “relentlessly optimistic” says the Daily Mail, and received a “rapturous welcome” from Tory delegates.
The paper says Mr Johnson acknowledged fears that the countryside could be “desecrated by ugly new homes” and promised that houses should not be built on green fields.
The Queen is under pressure to “ditch her friendship” with the ruler of Dubai, according to the front page of the Daily Mail, after a High Court found Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum hacked the phone of his former wife and her lawyer.
Labour MP Chris Bryant is calling for the Foreign Office to carry out a proper inquiry into the UK’s relationship with Dubai.
Officials at the Department of Health have proposed the idea, as there are fears that without supervision switching to lateral flow tests from those processed in a lab could see people fake the results.
But the paper reports that the Department for Transport believes an email with an image of the kit and ID would be sufficient, with a source saying anything else would be “another unnecessary hurdle to restoring foreign travel”.
A Saudi Arabian-backed takeover of the Premier League club Newcastle United dominates the sport pages of many of the papers.
Most say the deal, thought to be worth around £300m, is imminent – but they also reflect the mixed opinions about the news.
The Guardian says there is likely to be a backlash from human rights organisations who’ve previously warned that the Saudi regime is trying to “sportswash” its reputation.
But most of the papers say fans of the club who have long been unhappy with the 14-year tenure of the current owner, Sport Direct’s Mike Ashley, are celebrating.
The Sun says supporters of the club are hailing the “end of an error” and the Daily Mirror says “weary fans can start to look forward to a brighter future”.