Newspaper headlines: PM and Labour face election fallout

The fallout from the election provides a focus for Sunday's newspapers - and there is much speculation about the potential contenders for Labour's leadership.

The Sun on Sunday reports Ed Miliband's "disastrous socialist experiment" is being confined to the dustbin of history following his defeat at the polls and subsequent resignation. The paper says support in the party is swelling for a face with no ties to past failures.

According to the Sunday Telegraph, veteran Cabinet ministers have joined members of Mr Miliband's front-bench team in urging the party to "skip a generation".

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Image caption Tristram Hunt, Dan Jarvis, Chuka Umunna and Liz Kendall make headlines

In an article for the Observer, Tony Blair, the last Labour leader to win an election, praised Ed Miliband's campaign but suggests his left-of-centre agenda alienated the business community and failed to appeal to those wanting to get on in life.

"The route to the summit lies through the centre ground. Labour has to be for ambition and aspiration as well as compassion and care," writes Mr Blair.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper and shadow health secretary Andy Burnham are both reported to be about to throw their hats into the ring, says the Independent on Sunday.

But the Independent on Sunday's political editor Jane Merrick says she agrees with those in the party who suggest Labour could be heading for a third successive defeat in 2020 if it does not make a fresh start and choose a candidate from a batch of MPs who entered the Commons for the first time in more recent years.

A "surprise new entrant" in the contest is shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt, adds the paper.

And shadow health minister Liz Kendall also announces herself as potential leader in an interview with the Sunday Times. "We don't just need a new face. We need a fundamentally new approach," she says.

In the Observer, another MP tipped for the top, shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna, takes a similar line when he states the vision for Labour "must start with the aspirations of voters".

The Sunday People's political editor Nigel Nelson says some Labour MPs are suggesting their "dream team" would be the shadow justice minister, former Army officer Dan Jarvis, with shadow women's minister Gloria de Piero as his deputy. Mr Jarvis also gets a nod in an editorial in the Sun on Sunday.

Note of regret

It became a millstone around Labour's neck during the general election campaign - but the party's former Treasury Minister Liam Byrne has made another attempt to explain the note he left for his Liberal Democrat successor back in 2010.

Writing in the Observer, Mr Byrne says he has "burnt with the shame of it" ever since.

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Image caption David Cameron brandishes that note on the election trail

A copy of the memo reading "I'm afraid there is no money" was held up by the prime minister during the election campaign as he attempted to portray Labour as financially irresponsible.

Birmingham Hodge Hill MP Mr Byrne explains his intention was to leave a "friendly word" to his successor David Laws and it was all done in the spirit of a tradition that stretched back to Winston Churchill in the 1930s.

But he says: "I am so sorry. David Cameron's daily flourish of my leaving note at the Treasury helped hurt the party I love. And offered sheer offence to so many of the people we want the chance to serve..."

Radical changes

Is David Cameron on "honeymoon" after unexpectedly securing a majority Conservative government? There are differing views in the papers.

The Sunday Express says his first 100 days in office will see the Tories "deliver tax cuts to millions" by raising thresholds. The proposals were previously blocked by the party's Lib Dem coalition partners, but will now be included in his first Queen's speech, it reports.

The Sunday Times says the prime minister is to launch a policy offensive to kick-start his second term. It says he will "take advantage" of his victory and will drive through radical changes before the summer recess.

It reports a "blitz on Europe" will see him accelerating plans for a new deal with Brussels and the abolition of the Human Rights Act. And in a concession to his backbenchers, while constitutional boundaries will be redrawn to cement Tory control of the Commons, there will be no reduction in the overall number of MPs.

The Sunday Mirror sees "100 days of cuts carnage" ahead, with welfare spending a target. "Now the party has a majority, the chancellor plans to race ahead with his austerity cuts to meet his pledge of ­eliminating the deficit by 2018," it says.

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Image caption The Mail on Sunday puts the demonstration outside Downing Street on its front page

If the Independent on Sunday is to believed there will be "no honeymoon". It says Mr Cameron will try to convince the powerful 1922 Committee of backbench MPs that he has changed his leadership style, in an attempt to head off parliamentary rebellions that would wreck the legislative programme.

The Sunday Telegraph's lead focuses on Mr Cameron's "dramatic battle" with the SNP to save the UK from breaking up. It says the appointment of Chris Grayling as leader of the house will see him oversee reforms to protect the union.

The cartoonists also pick up on potential difficulties for Mr Cameron in the weeks ahead, with the Sunday Telegraph's Bob Moran portraying a worried-looking prime minister at his desk. An outbox contains papers reflecting the election triumph; Nicola Sturgeon sits in his inbox holding the Saltire.

Chris Riddel in the Observer portrays what he sees as the stranglehold of the Tory right over Mr Cameron. The prime minister has Nicola Sturgeon on a leash but he is on a leash himself, being reined in by a ghostly-looking Eurosceptic backbencher.

Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday opts to lead on anti-austerity protests in Westminster, reporting that "a lawless mob attempted to storm Downing Street... in violent defiance of Britain's decision to re-elect David Cameron".

Partying like 1945

Photographs of themed street parties and festivals fill the papers and show how the UK marked the 70th anniversary of VE Day.

The old and young are taking part in the three days of events to commemorate the end of World War Two in Europe, reports the Sunday Telegraph.

A peal of cathedral bells across the nation at 11:00 on Saturday heralded the start of a day of celebration and remembrance, it adds.

A star-studded concert took place near Buckingham Palace, and the Queen is due to attend a thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey later.

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"Britain parties like it's 1945", is how the Mail on Sunday summed up the day.

The Sunday Mirror catches up with 81-year-old Mavis Whitehead, who was encouraged to ring the bells of Leicester Cathedral to mark victory in Europe by her father.

Ms Whitehead, who rang in the anniversary, said: "I don't remember much about VE Day but I'm really happy to be here 70 years on to do it again."

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