Papers on Rudd’s resignation

The i
Image caption The i, along with most other newspapers, leads on Amber Rudd’s resignation. The paper says the former home secretary telephoned Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday night to offer her resignation over her handling of the Windrush scandal.
Daily Telegraph
Image caption Ms Rudd’s claim she knew nothing about Home Office deportation targets were left “in tatters” following a leaked letter she herself wrote to the prime minister, says the Daily Telegraph. That leak led to the home secretary’s resignation, the paper adds.
The Times
Image caption A day of “intense political pressure” led to the resignation of the home secretary, says the Times. The paper’s front page also says the government plans to reduce potholes on UK roads by making utility companies put their cables and pipes under pavements instead.
Image caption “Rudd quits,” exclaims the Metro. The paper says that Conservative colleagues had spent the day offering support in the hope she would stay on in her role.
Daily Mail
Image caption Ms Rudd’s resignation is a “huge blow” to the prime minister, says the Daily Mail. The paper says Mrs May has been using the former home secretary as a “firewall”.
Daily Express
Image caption The Daily Express says the prime minister is “in crisis” following Ms Rudd’s departure. The paper claims Mrs May is now facing “the biggest political crisis of her premiership”.
The Sun
Image caption The Sun leads on a story about videos on YouTube that show women how to perform “DIY” abortions and warns its readers to always seek “proper” medical help. The front page also mentions the resignation of Ms Rudd.
Image caption “Good Ruddance,” says the Daily Mirror, in reference to Ms Rudd’s resignation. The paper also features an interview with the parents of Charlie Gard, who offer sympathy to the parents of Alfie Evans – the toddler who died on Saturday.
The Guardian
Image caption The Guardian’s first edition came too early to report the home secretary’s resignation and focuses on the pressure on Ms Rudd to quit. The front page also features a story about protests in Malta against government corruption.
Financial Times
Image caption Supermarket giants Sainsbury’s and Asda will leapfrog Tesco in terms of market share once they have merged, says the Financial Times. The paper warns that both politicians and suppliers have raised concerns of the power the new merged group will be able to wield.
Daily Star
Image caption Ant McPartlin features on the front page of the Daily Star, which says the presenter is hoping to return to TV screens for the new series of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Amber Rudd’s decision to resign as home secretary dominates Monday’s papers, with many publications having to quickly rewrite their front pages after the announcement late on Sunday evening.

“Oh Ruddy Hell”, reads the headline in the Sun, while the resignation of Ms Rudd is “the biggest political crisis” Theresa May has faced as prime minister, according to the Daily Express.

“Rudd quits as leaked letter leaves her denials in tatters” is the headline in the Daily Telegraph while the Daily Mirror opts for “Good Ruddance”.

Papers on Rudd’s resignation
Papers on Rudd’s resignation

News of the resignation came too late last night to make some of the first editions, but the Guardian online quoted Downing Street sources as saying the home secretary had made her decision to go after ‘new information’ came to light while she was preparing for today’s planned statement to the Commons.

The Daily Mail front page described the development as “a huge blow for the prime minister”, who will now be forced into an unwelcome reshuffle.

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In other news, the Telegraph reports that teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds are being offered places at some of Britain’s top universities with lower grades than those required of middle-class students.

The paper says that 15 institutions including UCL, Kings College London, Manchester and York have launched formal schemes to address widening access, where applicants from difficult backgrounds can be given an offer as much as two grades below what’s normally expected.

‘A deal too far’

The implications of the proposed merger of Sainsbury’s and Asda on jobs and competition in the supermarket sector occupy several of the newspapers.

‘A deal too far’ is Alex Brummer’s verdict in the Daily Mail. Strip away the hype, he writes, and you are left with a merger driven by market weaknesses, not strengths with Asda struggling at the low end and Sainsbury’s caught in the middle.

Jonathan Ford’s analysis in the Financial Times warns that the deal risks stamping on re-emerging competition in the supermarket sector – and that with benefits for consumers and suppliers hard to perceive, the proposals merit ‘very close examination’ by the authorities.

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“You will smile again”, is the message to the parents of Alfie Evans from Chris Gard and Connie Yates in the Mirror.

The couple, who lost their son Charlie Gard last year after battling to take him abroad for treatment for a rare condition, said they wanted to reassure Tom Evans and Kate James that they had done everything they could for Alfie, who died on Saturday following a legal battle.

Many of the papers carry tributes to the former Speaker of the House of Commons Lord Martin of Springburn – formerly Michael Martin – who died on Sunday at the age of 72.

In the Guardian’s obituary, Stephen Bates describes him as the first Catholic and first blue-collar worker to occupy one of the most senior posts in public life, earning the nickname in the Commons of ‘Gorbals Mick’ because of his thick Glaswegian accent.

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