Today’s news summary – Paper Talk
Many of Wednesday’s papers lead on suggestions of infighting within the Conservative Party around key policies announced in the government’s mini-budget.
Tory party is a mess
The i calls the infighting within the Conservative Party “Tory open warfare”. The paper claims Liz Truss’s premiership has been left in “peril” and argues the PM’s position is not safe following yesterday’s mess of disagreements.
“Chaos” is how the Guardian characterises the cabinet, saying the PM is facing a critical 10 days – referencing Grant Shapps – who says Truss had a week and a half to save her role as PM.
The Financial Times also leads with the Tory mess, with the paper saying the party’s conference has descended into acrimony and confusion. The paper says the PM will strive to rally her MPs when she delivers her speech to the Birmingham conference later on Wednesday morning.
The Metro describes the PM’s upcoming speech as the most important of her career. The paper has a picture of Truss on a visit to a building site yesterday, with the headline: “Can she fix it?”.
The Times uses the same image, saying the country needs to “brace for more change.” It carries the PM’s quote that “not everyone will be in favour” of her plans but “everyone will benefit.”
The Daily Express says the PM has insisted her ideas will “build a better future” while the Daily Telegraph claims that “disruption” is the price of success. The paper reports that Tory leaders are planning to enforce “brutal” party discipline when MPs return to parliament next week to shore up the PM’s position.
Wagatha Christie and celeb news
Away from politics, most tabloid papers have made room on their front page for the latest in the Wagatha Cristie trial.
The Daily Mirror says Rebekah Vardy has been told she must pay an estimated £1.5m to cover Coleen Rooney’s legal costs. The paper says Mrs Vardy is calling on Mrs Rooney to give the money to charity. The Daily Mail, Express, Daily Star and Metro also report on the story, the Mail even goes as far as dubbing it a “new Wagatha war.”
The Sun reports on an alleged relationship between a BBC presenter and a stripper – in which it is claimed he fathered her child.