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.
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.
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.
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.