Today’s headlines – 31st August

By 31st August 2017News stories

NHS faces £100m agency bill to boost GP numbers
Financial Times – Gill Plimmer
The NHS will pay up to £100m to recruitment agencies to find 5,000 doctors over the next three-and-a-half years. The scheme will address a growing shortage of GPs in England.


May wants to fight next election
The Times – Francis Elliott
Theresa May has pledged to stay in No 10 for five years and fight the next election as Conservative Party leader. During a visit to Japan yesterday, she denied reports that she would stand down in August 2019, stating: “I’m in this for the long term because there’s a long-term challenge for the United Kingdom.”

All of us lost somebody that day
The Daily Telegraph – Hannah Furness
On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry inspected tributes at the gates of Kensington Palace yesterday. They thanked several hundred well-wishers who had turned up and accepted bouquets from visiting children. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry also met representatives of eight charities close to the Princess’s heart.

“I’m no quitter” – May pledge to lead Tories beyond Brexit
The Guardian – Peter Walker, Heather Stewart
Theresa May has insisted that she was “not a quitter” and could fight another general election as prime minister. In a television interview in Japan, she said she was “in this for the long term” and that dismissed reports that she planned to step down in 2019 after Brexit. Some MPs, including backbench rebels Anna Soubry and Nicky Morgan, have made clear they believe May cannot lead the party into another election.

The Brexit blame game
The Independent – Jon Stone
As the third round of Brexit talks closes today, discussions have hit a stalemate with the UK and EU teams failing to make progress on a number of critical areas. The British negotiators are increasingly certain that the hands of Michel Barnier are tied by the rigidly worded mandate handed to him by the EU27 member states. The “divorce bill” is sticking point for both sides.

UK’s world tour for Brexit trade deals
i (The paper for today) – Unattributed
Theresa May has claimed that Britain could strike quick post-Brexit deals by piggy-backing on existing EU agreements. As the Prime Minster visited Tokyo, Boris Johnson flew out to Nigeria to ask for stronger relations with Africa’s biggest economy. Japan has warned that its priority is a deal with Brussels.

May: I will fight the next election
Daily Mail – John Stevens
Prime Minister Theresa May has committed herself to staying on as Tory leader and fighting the 2022 general election. She declared that she would remain in office to guide the country through Brexit and beyond. Many had assumed she would step down after Britain formally left the EU in 2019, handing over to a new leader to fight the next election. Mrs May’s statements risk re-igniting leadership rows in the Conservative Party ahead of its annual conference.

May: I’m not a quitter
Daily Express – Alison Little
As she arrived in Japan for post-Brexit talks, Prime Minister Theresa May has insisted she is “not a quitter” and firmly denied speculation that she will quit at the end of August 2019. This will put herself on a collision course with her critics in a Conservative party still battered by June’s bungled election campaign that cost the Tories their majority.

Harry: all of us lost somebody
The Daily Mirror – Unattributed
Princes William and Harry were at the gates of Kensington Palace yesterday, where wellwishers had left flowers in memory of Princess Diana. The Princes have paid tribute to their mother.

She’s still the people’s princess
The Sun – Jack Royston
On the twentieth anniversary of Princess Diana‘s death, Princes William and Harry were seen reading floral tributes left in her memory by the public.

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