The Papers: ‘Everyone’s a winner’ and suit for Meghan’s dad

Image caption “Now Give Us A Real Brexit” says the Mail headline. Leading on Thursday’s local elections in England, the Mail claims Leave voters “came out in force” for the Tories and “crushed a Labour breakthrough”. It quotes Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson as saying the result showed the need to deliver a clean break from Brussels and avoid any compromise over the customs union.
Image caption The Times calls Labour’s election performance “disappointing” and reports that MPs are calling for an inquest into what happened and why. Despite net gains, Labour failed to win any London councils from the Tories, which several colleagues blame on Mr Corbyn’s “inaction over anti-Semitism”. The paper also pictures Sir Paul McCartney, who was made a Companion of Honour by the Queen.
Image caption Still on the local elections, the i focuses on the downfall of UKIP, which lost more than 100 council seats – with the Conservatives swallowing up many of their votes in pro-Brexit areas. Theresa May has “survived the biggest test of public opinion since the general election, it adds. It also declares “everyone’s a winner”, citing Labour’s solid – if unspectacular – gains.
Image caption The FT Weekend moves the headlines away from domestic politics to the ongoing trade stand-off between the Trump administration and China. It says the US has presented China with a list of hardline trade demands – including a demand that China cuts its trade surplus by £200bn, adding that the spectre of a trade war between the two countries continues to loom. It also suggests that hybrid cars such as the Toyota Prius could be banned by 2040. It claims the latest clean air proposals could see up to 98% of current car models outlawed.
Image caption The Telegraph reports on a hormone injection that could help fight obesity. The monthly jab is being developed by British scientists at Imperial College, the paper says. Ongoing human trials have shown patients ate 30% less after treatment. The paper also echoes the Mail saying local election results show Mrs May has “a stronger mandate than ever” to press on with a clean break from the EU.
Image caption Staff working on the hotline set up to help the women affected by the breast cancer screening fiasco are inadequately trained, with little or no medical knowledge, reports the Guardian, following a tip-off. Call volumes rose from 5,000 on Wednesday to 10,000 on Friday. The paper’s front-page image shows Britons basking in the sun as record-breaking Bank Holiday weather is forecast.
Image caption The Daily Express has an exclusive story about a man who claims he was abused by a nun as a teenager. It pictures him meeting his daughter for the first time.
Image caption ITV presenter Holly Willoughby is on the front page of the Star. It reports that she and her This Morning co-star Phillip Schofield will join the cast of Coronation Street – to bring a much needed comic note to proceedings after fans complained that the storylines had become too dark.
Image caption On a lighter note, under the headline ‘Suits You, Sir!’, the Sun pictures Meghan Markle’s father being measured up for his royal wedding outfit near his Mexican home. It follows Friday’s official announcement that 73-year-old Thomas Markle, a retired cinematographer, will walk his daughter down the aisle when she marries Prince Harry on 19 May.

The fallout from the local elections in England dominates the headlines in Saturday’s papers.

“Jez gets a kick in the ballots,” says the Sun, which claims there are now fears that Labour has “become a home to extremism”. Its editorial blames “rampant anti-Semitism” for the party’s poor performance in the London borough of Barnet, where there is a large Jewish population.

A defeated councillor in West Hendon in London has told HuffPost UK that Jeremy Corbyn should apologise in person to Labour activists for allowing the party’s anti-Semitism problem to ruin its chances of winning the key Tory council.

The Daily Telegraph believes Jeremy Corbyn’s efforts to give Russia the benefit of the doubt over the poisoning of the Skripals may have been seen as unpatriotic by some working class voters.

The Guardian concludes there are “big lessons and implications” for Labour. It asks whether the party should now reconsider its “strategic ambiguity” over leaving the European Union. Soon, Labour, will “need to come off the Brexit fence”, the paper predicts.

The Times also suggests a rethink – questioning the methods of the group Momentum. It points out that the party’s solitary council gain was in Plymouth where the group was not involved. It also asks whether the party’s focus on urban voters under the age of 45 is misplaced.

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Image caption Theresa May celebrated with Conservative councillors in Wandsworth

The website Politico says that Labour has failed to broaden its appeal sufficiently to win a general election. It says research into the party’s prospects suggests it needs to make gains in the north of England.

The Daily Mirror sounds a more upbeat note for Labour, highlighting the party’s gains, while conceding the party “should have done better”. But the Daily Star suggests it’s time “to consider a change at the top.”

Politics.co.uk says it’s not time to write off Corbyn yet – pointing out that Labour did pitifully in last year’s local elections, only to secure a much better than expected general election result a month later.

The Financial Times says hybrid cars, such as the Toyota Prius, could be banned by 2040 under government clean air plans. It says the proposals would outlaw 98% of all cars currently on the road. The FT says three departments are considering the issue. But the Department for Transport has issued a categorical denial of the suggestion.

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New legislation is being brought in which will make it unlawful for owners of self-steering cars to take their hands off the wheel for more than one minute, according to the Daily Telegraph. The regulations will also require cars to give drivers warnings if they don’t regularly touch the steering wheel.

Speculation about the royal wedding also features in many papers.

The Daily Mail suggests that Meghan Markle’s dress will cost £100,000. It creates an image of what the hand-embroidered bridal gown could look like.

The Sun, meanwhile, prints pictures of her father, apparently being measured up for his suit in a backstreet tailors in Mexico.

The Daily Express focuses on what it calls the “neat… choreography” of giving Ms Markle’s divorced parents both a role on the day, suggesting this will make it a “modern, less stuffy royal wedding.”

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