Newspaper headlines: Steel tariffs, Denise Robertson, and warm weather

The steel crisis continues to be covered in the papers, amid claims that the government opposed tariffs on cheap Chinese imports.

The Times says the government was "humiliated" after it emerged that China was imposing tariffs of 46% on some steel produced in Japan, South Korea and the European Union, including in Newport, south Wales.

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Image caption Business Secretary Sajid Javid faced steel workers in Port Talbot

"MPs accused the government of being more concerned with gaining favour with China than tackling the crisis in the British steel industry," says the Times.

"The leading steel union said that its approach resembled an April Fool joke."

The Telegraph says David Cameron used a dinner at the White House to confront Chinese President Xi Jinping over the possible extinction of the UK steel industry due to Chinese "dumping".

The Guardian says Mr Cameron defended the UK's decision to reject higher EU tariffs on Chinese steel, as Business Secretary Sajid Javid faced the anger of Port Talbot workers whose livelihoods have been undermined by cut-price imports.

"Javid returned from an official trip to Australia to face a tense scene in south Wales, where thousands of steelworkers face losing their jobs," reports the Guardian.

The Financial Times says Tata has privately given up hope that a "white knight" will emerge to save the jobs of 15,000 workers and could mothball UK plants in as little as six weeks.

The FT continues: "One big obstacle to a sale are the liabilities of the £15bn former British Steel pension fund, which covers 130,000 people.

"Tata has committed to putting £125m into the fund over two years. The fund's deficit was £485m in March. The company has not said what will happen to the fund if it closes the UK plants."


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'More leaden than golden'

In a leading article, the Times urges the government to be tougher with China - and be more creative to help those who might lose their jobs.

"The Anglo-Chinese relationship is about to enter a golden decade according to over-excited rhetoric that accompanied last year's visit to Britain of President Xi Jinping," it says.

"For the steel workers of Port Talbot the future looks more leaden than golden."

The Telegraph wants those left behind to be given a second chance after Tata's decision to sell its UK business.

It comments: "We sincerely hope there is a future for the British steel industry and urge the government to do its best to help.

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Media captionWriter David Torrance and broadcaster and journalist Benedicte Paviot join the BBC News Channel to review Saturday's front pages.

"But when the value of Tata Steel's UK assets falls from billions to zero in single decade, it is hard not to draw the conclusion that it is better to prepare for a post-industrial future than pine uselessly for the past."

The Guardian says British industry must not be traded off for Chinese investment.

It says: "The big charge against Mr Javid, and perhaps even more strongly against his patron George Osborne, is that in the end they have always been prepared to let the UK steel industry go rather than fight for it as a strategic national asset.

"They are willing to do that because their highest priority is neither the protection of the steel industry nor doctrinaire laissez-faire economics so much as ensuring the long-term investment of Chinese capital in British infrastructure projects that, for domestic political reasons, cannot be financed by taxation."


'A fine legacy'

After the death of Ronnie Corbett, the papers mourn the passing of another familiar face on our television screens.

The Mail says there were tears after Denise Robertson, agony aunt on ITV's This Morning, lost a "short but determined" fight against cancer.

"Over her career, she helped women escape from domestic violence, worked with orphaned children in Africa and comforted families grief-stricken at the loss of loved ones," says the Mail.

The Express says This Morning presenters Eamonn Holmes, Ruth Langsford, Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield told viewers they were "heartbroken".

"Yesterday's show had been dedicated to the Sunderland-born agony aunt, who provided comfort to millions of viewers since its first screening in 1988," says the Express.

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Image caption Denise Robertson was on This Morning when it started

"This mourning" is the headline in the Sun.

"Heartbroken Eamonn Holmes broke the news to viewers as his wife and fellow presenter Ruth Langsford wept," it says.

The Star reports: "ITV dedicated the whole of yesterday's two-hour This Morning show to Denise as colleagues and friends recalled their fondest memories of her."

Former presenter Judy Finnigan pays tribute in the Mirror, saying: "She helped people. She made a difference. That is her legacy - and it's a fine one."

The paper comments: "She was the star with a heart, a trusted figure who enriched the lives of those she met."


'Buy the sunscreen'

Finally, some good news with the papers forecasting some fine weather for the weekend.

The Times reports that parts of Britain could enjoy weather as warm as Barcelona with temperatures of up to 18C (64F).

"Warm air is forecast to sweep north from the continent, offering a pleasant change from the turbulent weather brought by Storm Katie over the Easter weekend," it states.

The Mail says Britain could be heading for its hottest day of the year with temperatures higher than Madrid.

"A change in wind direction will blow gusts of tropical air over from the continent and send temperatures soaring - making a welcome change after the scenes of chaos caused by Storm Katie last week."

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Image caption A bright end to the Easter break is forecast for many areas

The Express advises its readers to "speed to the shops and buy the sunscreen".

"In areas where the sun prevails, seaside towns and parks are expected to be packed as families enjoy what is left of the Easter holidays," it says.

The Sun says after Storm Katie... it is Warm Katie.

It adds: "Many regions began enjoying the turnaround yesterday with sunbathers pouring on to beaches across the south including Brighton."