What the papers say – October 6
Theresa May and the Conservative party conference are leading the majority of Friday’s papers for the second day running.
The fallout from the Conservative Party conference continues to dominate the front pages of Friday’s papers – with many questioning what the future holds for Prime Minister Theresa May.
Many of the front pages speak of a “plot” to ditch Mrs May after her speech to the Tory faithful in Manchester was overshadowed by a protester, a cough, and issues with the backdrop.
The Metro picks up on the shaky lettering for the second day in a row, suggesting that Theresa May was “clinging to power”, as one MP is reported as saying the chances of a resignation by Friday was 50-50.
The i also speaks of “rebellion” and “plot”, quoting a former cabinet minister who says Mrs May is in “intensive care”.
While the Mirror says that Mrs May will be confronted by the weekend, and suggests plotters are looking to have a new leader in place by Christmas.
The Telegraph leads on a comment piece by Home Secretary Amber Rudd who is backing the Prime Minister, saying the country needs stability. The paper also suggests a cabinet reshuffle may be an option, as Mrs May is urged to bring in “new blood”.
The Times leads on an interview with former Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps, who is calling for a new leader to “take us forward” – but the paper also notes the former international development minister has “long been a thorn in Mrs May’s side”.
The Guardian reports that pressure is growing on Mrs May after what it calls a “disaster” at conference, quoting donor Charlie Mullins as saying the PM “needs to chuck the towel in”.
Guardian front page, Friday 6 October 2017: Rebel Tories seek advice on toppling May pic.twitter.com/K0zP3EKhFa— The Guardian (@guardian) October 5, 2017
While the Independent quotes one MP saying: “It can’t go on like this”.
The Sun leads on Prince Charles’s comments made at a conference on ocean conservation in Malta. The Prince of Wales said pirates terrorising vessels off the coast of Somalia had created a fisherman-free zone where marine life has thrived.
Tomorrow's front page: Arrrr you mad sir? pic.twitter.com/vCRQtpSTBr— The Sun (@TheSun) October 5, 2017
The Daily Mail splashes on comments reportedly made by MP Phillip Lee, suggesting that Britain has become “selfish” when it comes to caring for people in old age.
The Financial Times leads on a report due to be published on Tuesday which will derail Philip Hammond’s plans to decrease austerity by claiming growth forecasts had been too optimistic.