NHS Providers, which represents hospitals, has urged the health and social care secretary to give the NHS “tens of billions in extra funding”, the Guardian reports. It says the body has written a letter telling Jeremy Hunt to provide larger sums in the 2018 Budget.
Theresa May is to call for plastic-free aisles in supermarkets where all food is loose, writes The Times. It also covers a story that countries including Germany are considering plans to give British financial firms “privileged access” to EU markets in return for payments to Brussels.
The i says the PM is waging a “war on plastic” as it claims British beaches are “awash” with plastic litter after Storm Eleanor.
The Daily Telegraph leads on claims Mrs May is free to rethink tuition fees now that ministers opposed to fee cuts have quit the government. It also pictures a 21-year-old crisp packet found washed up on a UK beach.
Chancellor Philip Hammond has called on the EU to “behave more like Australia or the US” by showing enthusiasm for a Brexit trade deal, the FT reports. It says he fears an “unyielding stance” by Brussels could strengthen the hand of Brexit “hardliners” who support leaving without a deal.
The Daily Mail also gives prominence to Mrs May’s plans to tackle what it calls the “plastic scourge”, highlighting its own campaign to cut plastic use.
The Daily Mirror leads on a “heartbreaking” account by an A&E doctor who claims patients face waits of up to 13 hours. The paper quotes the doctor as saying: “There is no space and staff are haemorrhaging from the profession”.
The Aussie winter bug “wiping out Brits” could be worse than the swine flu epidemic, claims the Daily Star, which quotes a disease expert’s warning that it could kill more than 300,000 people.
The Daily Express covers a 16-week NHS diet and exercise course that it says could “revolutionise” the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
The Sun claims Antoni Imiela, the convicted sex attacker known as the M25 rapist, is being considered for parole – a week after a decision to free convicted rapist John Worboys.

A government pledge to curb the use of plastics – to be formally announced by Theresa May later – is widely previewed.

The Daily Mail says has helped persuade the prime minister to act.

The Politico website is more cynical – , aimed squarely at young voters with a concerted show of support for the eco-friendly issues they care about.

It says environmentalists have generally welcomed the government’s initiatives, but that many remain sceptical of the promise that the UK can become greener after it leaves the EU.

Theresa May is facing , according to Huffpost UK, following claims that she breached the ministerial code with a PR stunt in Downing Street.

The website says Labour has complained that a photograph of the prime minister standing alongside a “parade” of Conservative party chairmen and vice-chairmen broke the rule which forbids the use of government property for party political purposes.

The shadow minister for the Cabinet Office, Jon Trickett, has called on Mrs May to apologise – but a government spokesman told Huffpost that a photo outside No 10 with a party political dimension was “quite acceptable”.

A week after the controversial decision to free the serial sex offender, John Worboys, the front page of The Sun claims the .

It says he has served fewer than 14 years of seven life sentences.

The paper is aghast at the possibility of Imiela’s release – declaring he is the kind of “wicked maniac for whom the phrase ‘throw away the key’ was invented”.

The scandal surrounding the release of Worboys, it says, must not happen again.

Media ‘muzzle’

A government defeat in the House of Lords on Wednesday night on the issue of press regulation is picked over by the majority of papers.

The Daily Mail says as they voted in favour of what The Daily Telegraph describes as .

The Sun sees the move as , and argues it could have “disastrous consequences”.

Voters will be horrified, it says, if the government is forced to spend millions of pounds of public money on yet another inquiry into the press.

Emoji turn-off

If you are in the mood for romance, it seems you can’t beat old-fashioned gestures.

A guide to love in the digital age by the publisher, Mills and Boon, is featured by most of the papers, with The Times one of several to report that holding hands, having a cuddle and buying surprise gifts topped a survey of romantic acts.

According to the Mail, more than half of those questioned claimed .

It says the guide urges lovers to “use emojis wisely” by avoiding images that smack of innuendo.

“There’s nothing romantic about a digital prawn, aubergine, or the one of the guy sword fighting,” it says.


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