The Guardian examines what it sees as the growing likelihood of a backbench rebellion over planned changes to the social care cap in England, which it is argued would disadvantage poorer people. The Daily Mirror says Conservative MPs in the north of England are furious, while the Daily Mail says “dozens are poised to rebel” and urges Boris Johnson to “focus urgently and intensely on the details”.
The Times in its editorial suggests the government is having a “wobble” because the plans aren’t properly funded. The paper warns against clawing back money “from those who most need it”.
Many of the papers run pictures of the anti-lockdown violence in Brussels.
The Daily Telegraph calls it “rage in Europe”, triggered by new Covid rules being brought in to try to stem what it calls the “lightning speed” spread of the virus. The Daily Express focuses on its front page on the insistence of Health Secretary Sajid Javid that the rollout of booster jabs in the UK “will save Christmas”.
Writing in the Express, the leading cancer expert, Professor Karol Sikora, expresses doubt that mandatory vaccinations would be accepted here and says the situation would not warrant it. Meanwhile, the i says that ministers are pushing for third doses to be offered to all age groups.
The Times reports that some MPs are being paid for consultancy work through personal companies, which the paper suggests may significantly cut their tax bills. The Times has carried out an investigation which suggests at least 10 MPs have taken on outside work through firms either they or their spouses own.
The practice is legal but one that some critics say should be stopped.
The Daily Mail reports that the reason that the double murderer Colin Pitchfork was recalled to prison was that he was said to have approached teenage girls and young women while taking his daily walks.
A Parole Board source said that two probation officers and the prison psychologist had supported his release. The Daily Mail suggests that Justice Secretary Dominic Raab is looking closely at reforming the Parole Board.
The Financial Times reports that a test this summer by China of a spacecraft that can fire missiles while travelling at least five times the speed of sound is baffling American scientists. The FT says no other country has demonstrated such technology.
And the sacking of the Manchester United’s manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, features on many of the front and back pages.
“It’s Ole over!” declares the Daily Star, while the i says the club is in “turmoil” and has no plan B.
Many papers, including the Daily Mirror, suggest that Paris St Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino is the frontrunner to replace him.
But the Sun says United have contacted Leicester City’s manager, Brendan Rogers, and are prepared to pay the Foxes £8m in compensation.