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Image caption There is bad news for Theresa May on the front page of the i, which says support for the Tories has “collapsed” ahead of the European Parliament elections. A “polling expert” has told the paper that the Conservatives are “haemorrhaging” voters and – with Brexit talks with Labour looking set to fail – the prospect of a no-deal exit from the EU is back on the table.
Image caption Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer has told the Guardian that any cross-party Brexit deal that fails to include a confirmatory referendum will not pass through Parliament. “A significant number of Labour MPs, probably 120 if not 150, would not back a deal if it hasn’t got a confirmatory vote,” he said. Sir Keir added that his party could end the talks with the government “within days” if it becomes clear no improved offer is forthcoming from the prime minister.
Image caption According to the Times, some cabinet ministers feel Mrs May should “pull the plug” on her Brexit talks with Labour. The paper says Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has told colleagues that, while amiable, the talks are destined to fail as they are based on the false premise that a “politically acceptable” deal could ever be reached. Instead, it is suggested, ministers will urge the PM to schedule more indicative votes for Parliament.
Image caption “Payouts for NHS errors double in five years”, reads the headline on the front page of the Daily Telegraph. The paper says that, in 2017/18, the NHS paid out £655m in compensation for negligence cases – an increase from £327m in 2013/14. Groups representing patients have said the “extremely worrying” rise in “blunders” is being fuelled by a steep rise in hospital waiting times.
Image caption The head of supermarket chain Tesco has told the Daily Mail that “internet giants” should pay a new sales tax to fund support for “struggling high street shops”. Dave Lewis believes “unsustainable” business rates are pushing “brick-and-mortar retailers” to “breaking point”. Mr Lewis suggests a 20% cut in those rates and a 2% levy on online retail sales to make up the difference.
Image caption Yemen’s “forgotten” civil war is causing the deaths of 120 children from starvation every day, reports the Daily Mirror. The paper – whose reporter went to a refugee camp “to witness the horror” – says the conflict has “sparked the world’s worst humanitarian crisis”, and attacks the UK government for arming the “brutal Saudi regime” it says is behind the “deadly blockade” in Yemen.
Image caption The “top talent chief” for BBC TV show Strictly Come Dancing has been “hauled over the coals” by corporation bosses after she tweeted about cocaine, the Sun has claimed. The paper suggests Stefania Aleksander could now face “serious action”. The BBC said: “Strictly bosses take this sort of thing extremely seriously. They’ve had very strong words to make it clear this is unacceptable.”
Image caption The Metro splashes on the “heroes” of the “A40 plane plunge”, referring to the light aircraft that crashed on to the Monmouthshire road but managed to avoid hitting any cars. South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said the three people on board survived the incident. Two motorists, Daniel Nicholson and Joel Snarr, a former army bomb disposal officer, helped to rescue those on board the aircraft.
Image caption Stroke, heart disease and artery disease deaths are “rising for the first time in 50 years”, according to a report in the Daily Express. The paper – quoting charity the British Heart Foundation – says diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure are to blame.
Image caption There is a “strong possibility” US President Donald Trump will hold talks with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the G20 summit next month, according to the Financial Times, as the countries’ trade war escalates. China and the US were close to reaching an agreement to end the stand-off 10 days ago but Washington backed out, claiming Beijing had reneged on promises.
Image caption EastEnders actor Jake Wood has told the Daily Star he was at the Camden Roundhouse in London on Saturday when professional wrestler Cesar Barron, known as Silver King, collapsed and died during a bout. Barron suffered a suspected heart attack.

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