Newspaper headlines: ‘Time finally runs out for May’

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Times front page - 24/05/19

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Many of Friday’s front pages predict Theresa May is set to announce her resignation on Friday. The Times says she could remain in Downing Street during a six-week leadership contest and even try to pass part of her Brexit deal.

Daily Mirror front page - 24/05/19

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Theresa May decided to announce her departure to avoid the humiliation of being kicked out by her party, reports the Daily Mirror. It says she is expected to make a statement in Downing Street on Friday morning.

Financial Times front page - 24/05/19

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The Financial Times says Mrs May’s premiership has been crippled by a cabinet revolt and a parliamentary mutiny against her Brexit plan. She is to call time on “her ill-fated, three-year effort to steer the UK out of the UK”, it adds.

Daily Telegraph front page - 24/05/19

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The Daily Telegraph says Theresa May’s decision to “finally confront reality” and discuss her future as prime minister came after Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt withdrew his support for her Brexit bill. It left her “cornered”, it says.

i front page - 24/05/19

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The i also reports the intervention of the foreign secretary – as well as Home Secretary Sajid Javid – saying they both joined the “mutiny against May”.

Metro front page - 24/05/19

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The Metro carries a photo of Theresa May and her husband Philip leaving a polling station after they had cast their votes in the European elections. It says senior Tories had urged Mr May to step in and tell his wife it was “time to go”.

Guardian front page - 24/05/19

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The Guardian says there is “deep concern” among centrist cabinet ministers that candidates to succeed Theresa May will have to promise a hard Brexit.

Daily Express front page - 24/05/19

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The Daily Express focuses on the European elections – with its senior political correspondent suggesting the Brexit Party is heading for a “runaway success”.

Daily Star front page - 24/05/19

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The Daily Star leads on a study which suggests industry needs to drastically cut back on employee working hours to avoid global warming. The Star describes the research as the “best news ever”.

Sun front page - 24/05/19

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The Sun’s lead story reports criticism of a relaxation in visiting room rules at a prison – reporting claims that inmates such as child killer Ian Huntley have been seated in the same location as youngsters.

Many papers predict that Theresa May will – as the Financial Times puts it – “finally call time” on her “ill-fated” spell as prime minister.

The Daily Mirror says Mrs May is going of her own volition in order to avoid the “humiliation” of being kicked out by her own party.

In its editorial, the Daily Mirror says it will be the end of a “wasted near three years” in Downing Street: “quite simply she wasn’t up to the job”.

Mrs May is said to be driven by duty, the Daily Telegraph suggests. “In that case the most useful thing would be for her to announce her resignation – preferably today,” its leader column says.

“Britain does not have time for Theresa May’s stalling” is the Sun’s verdict. “The game is up. You cannot fix this, PM. Resign today.”

“It has been a brave effort, but now it’s over,” concludes the Daily Mail. Unusually for such a moment of high political drama, it says, it comes “not as a sudden unsettling catastrophe – or a moment of high political drama – but rather as a relief.”

The Times focuses on the race to succeed Mrs May, saying a poll it has commissioned suggests Boris Johnson is the “overwhelming favourite” among Conservative members.

Perhaps not among MPs though – according to the Guardian – which says efforts are “already under way” by centrist ministers to stop Mr Johnson being one of the final two contenders members chose from.

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Humanity’s ongoing destruction of the natural will lead to the average body size of animals falling by a quarter, according to research reported in the i.

The study estimate that more than 1,000 larger species of mammals and birds will go extinct in the next century, from rhinos to eagles. “All creatures small and small” is the headline in the Sun.

Online doctors

Millions of patients will be encouraged to use digital technology to assess how ill they are under a groundbreaking initiative in Birmingham, the Guardian reports.

University Hospitals Birmingham will use online chat services – some of them automated – as internet symptom checkers to help relieve the “unsustainable” pressure on services.

Meanwhile, the Financial Time reports on an existing digital healthcare scheme. The app, GP at Hand, has proved so popular that it is straining the finances of the NHS body which runs it.

Since 2017 it has operated through the Hammersmith and Fulham clinical commissioning group – but is available to people even if they do not live in the area. That has created a £22m funding gap.

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Finally, the papers remember the children’s author Judith Kerr, whose death was announced on Thursday.

The Daily Telegraph describes her amusement and bemusement at her fame – which included David and Victoria Beckham being so star struck they paid her restaurant bill.

Nancy Banks Smith in the Guardian though says there was “steel under the sweetness” of the Tiger Who Came to Tea author.

All great children’s literature is slightly disturbing beneath the surface, she says, and no one could draw the smile on the face of the tiger like Kerr.

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