Newspaper headlines: Labour's 'uncivil war' and May's women

On the day a new Conservative prime minister will take office, the fact the story is kept off a number of front pages by the goings-on in Labour says everything about the depth of the crisis engulfing the party of opposition.

After its National Executive Committee voted to ensure Jeremy Corbyn's place on the ballot paper for the forthcoming leadership contest, the Daily Mirror quotes one MP as saying: "This is a disaster. It could be the end."

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Image caption "Smiles and selfies" for embattled Labour leader

The Daily Telegraph echoes that warning: "The decision means that Mr Corbyn will battle Angela Eagle for the leadership in a brutal summer contest that MPs fear could split the party, pitting hard Left-wingers against moderates."

The Metro's front-page headline says it's "Carry on Corbyn", regardless of the rebellion by his MPs, although its report adds that the leadership contest could be "a tough battle as the NEC also imposed a rule change that will prevent tens of thousands of 'Corbynistas' from voting for him".

The Times reports that moderates forced through the new voting restrictions at the end of the committee meeting, after Mr Corbyn and his allies had left early "for a 'victory lap' in front of their supporters".

But the changes leave the nature of the electorate in the contest "unclear", says the paper, and it still considers that for Labour MPs wanting rid of their leader "yesterday was a series of false dawns and misplaced hope".

"Ten months of battling to oust 'the squatter' ended in ignominy for the moderates and smiles and selfies for the leader," the Times says.

But there really isn't anything to smile about, in the view of Daily Mirror political editor Jason Beattie, who writes: "The poison in Labour's veins is so deep, so toxic, that nobody can see a way of this ending harmoniously.

"An organisation which prided itself on solidarity and camaraderie is now steeped in bitterness, where bricks are thrown through windows and bile spewed on social media.

"A new, kinder politics has never seemed so distant."

Gathering reaction to the NEC's ruling, the i quotes former Tony Blair aide John McTernan: "This may not be the end of the Labour Party but it certainly feels like it."

Among the response on social media, Thomas Honeywell is quoted as having tweeted: "All right folks, we might as well turn off elections for the next 20 years or so because it will be the same result each time."


A kiss is just a kiss - or is it?

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An Instagram photo of Victoria Beckham kissing her five-year-old daughter on the lips has prompted a "furious parenting debate", reports the Daily Mail.

It generated accusations the child was being sexualised, and many people questioned whether kissing children on the lips is ever appropriate.

"However, many others were quick to defend the star," the paper adds, "even posting pictures of themselves kissing their own children on the lips to prove that it is 'normal behaviour for a normal family'."

The Mirror says "parents have come out in force to back the star" by sharing their own similar pictures.


'Girl Power'

Meanwhile, of course, the UK gets a new prime minister later, shortly to be followed by a new government - in which it is widely predicted there will a host of top jobs for women.

Reporting that Theresa May "wants to settle the most senior government roles today", the Times adds that she is "said to be determined to ensure that her cabinet comes as close to full parity as possible".

Or to put it another way, in the words of the Sun, she's about to usher in a "Girl Power revolution at No10".

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Seven out of 22 full-time cabinet positions are currently occupied by women, and the Daily Mail suggests Mrs May's "first Cabinet could eclipse the record eight women who held posts under Tony Blair."

Amber Rudd, the energy secretary who was a prominent Remain backer, appears to be top of the list in several papers and possibly in line to become home or foreign secretary, or even chancellor.

Mrs May herself should be in no doubt about the scale of the challenge facing her, as she inherits an in-tray that is variously described as "overflowing" (the Mirror), "bulging" (the i), "groaning" (the Mail), and "mountainous" (the Sun).

"By far the most pressing issue confronting the new Prime Minister is how quickly to set in train the process of leaving the EU," suggests the i.

"Simply saying Brexit means Brexit, as May frequently does, leaves all the relevant questions unanswered," points out the Guardian, adding that in terms of deciding the deal the UK seeks with Europe "it will take great skill for May to balance competing demands inside her party".

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Image caption Decision time: "Bulging" or "groaning"?

Reflecting on Mrs May's predecessor's time in office, the Sun's leader column argues: "David Cameron's years as Prime Minister will not be looked back on kindly."

The pro-Brexit paper suggests Mr Cameron "was undone by his Olympian over-confidence - agreeing to a Brexit referendum while assuming he would win voters over with footling tweaks to our EU deal and smooth salesmanship".

Brexit, which Mr Cameron never wanted, "is all he is likely to be remembered for".

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph ahead of his final hours in office, the outgoing prime minister is said to be trying to "shift the focus of his legacy away from Brexit".

In a farewell speech in Downing Street later, he is expected to highlight achievements including the national living wage, same-sex marriage, education reforms and a commitment to foreign aid.

He tells the paper: "As I leave today, I hope that people will see a stronger country, a thriving economy, and more chances to get on in life."


'Journey's end'

"The final page turns", it "will never be the same again", suggests a eulogistic Daily Mirror leader column.

It's a eulogy not for the outgoing prime minister though (albeit the paper does "wish his family well"), but for the predicted decline of holiday brochures following the announcement that the country's biggest tour operator - TUI - is to drop them by 2020.

"The era of glossy brochures selling holiday dreams is almost over," reports the Guardian, which says TUI-owned Thomson and First Choice will move to offer customers digital alternatives.

The Mirror recalls: "Whether it was sitting on the bus on the way to work, or listening to the autumn rain beat on the kitchen window, we would transport ourselves to hotels and villas around the world through the pages of the holiday brochure.

"Folded-over page corners and Biro marks would create a shortlist then a final choice would be made by the family for the annual excursion abroad."


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