“PM to reveal minimum wage rise in a few weeks,” is the Times’ lead.
The paper has been told that Boris Johnson will accept the recommendations of independent advisers, in a move which will boost the pay of the lowest earners to about £9.42 per hour. The change would come into force from April.
According to the Financial Times, Mr Johnson will use the speech to “escalate a row” with business and accuse bosses of using high immigration as an excuse not to invest in their company or staff.
The Daily Mirror calls today the “Tories’ day of shame”, as the £20 uplift in universal credit is withdrawn.
The paper says the prime minister’s insistence that there was “no alternative” makes him as “cruel as Thatcher”, who used the same phrase in the 1980s to justify closing down mines, shipyards and steel works.
The Guardian has spoken to people in Blackpool who are set to be affected by the cut. “I’ll struggle to keep up with my debt repayments”, one man says. “The extra £20 gave me a chance”.
“French threat to sink Xmas” is the ominous warning on the front of the Daily Mail. Fishermen are considering blockading the port of Calais and the Channel Tunnel in a row over fishing licences.
They have accused the UK of creating a “complex and onerous application process” – and failing to grant enough permits.
“Unless Boris backs down,” the head of the northern France fisheries committee says, “the Brits will not have so many nice things to eat this Christmas.”
“Not tonight BoJosephine”, is the Sun’s main headline, as its front page features Emmanuel Macron mocked up as Napoleon Bonaparte for a story about how the French “swiped” almost five million Covid jabs from the UK.
In what the paper calls a “post-Brexit tantrum”, a batch of AstraZeneca vaccines bound for Britain in March was diverted from a Dutch factory.
Senior government figures have compared France’s behaviour as “akin to an act of war” and accused President Macron of acting like a mini-Napoleon.
The health secretary is said to be “privately furious” with the risk that unjabbed staff pose to vulnerable patients.
The policy is set to come into force for care staff from 11 November and Mr Javid is understood to want to be “even more hardline” with NHS staff as they are employed by the state.
And finally, the Sun reports a bizarre revelation from the former Manchester United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, that the club’s training ground would be turned into a potato farm if war were to break out.
The clause was part of a set of legal conditions attached to the land at Carrington.
The Sun notes that if the training complex were transformed, it would bring new meaning to United’s home-grown quality – with players such as Marcus MASH-ford and CRISP-iano Ronaldo.