Newspaper headlines: Hammond hammered over Budget tax rise

Philip Hammond carrying the red budget box outside of Number 11 Downing Street

The fallout from Wednesday's Budget still features heavily in the morning papers.

"Tory tax retreat after just 24 hours" is the Daily Mail headline.

It claims Theresa May has "hit the pause button" on what it calls the chancellor's controversial tax raid on the self-employed in an attempt to placate furious Tory MPs.

The Guardian says the planned increase in National Insurance contributions, the centre-piece of the Budget, "appears to be unravelling" after a public rebellion by senior Conservatives.

The paper claims the prime minister has "caved in" to demands from rebels not to legislate on the issue until the autumn.

But the Daily Telegraph says the prime minister remains defiant and has refused to back down - although it does describe the row as the biggest crisis faced by Mrs May so far.

In an editorial, the paper says: "The outcry has been near universal and its intensity striking" and adds "it's hard to a remember a Budget that has been so panned by so many".


The front page of the Times highlights terror fears it says have been sparked by what it calls "ghost ships".

The paper reports hundreds of vessels are entering European waters after suspicious manoeuvres near terrorist hotspots, prompting concerns they are smuggling people and weapons.

Its investigation has found that cargo ships routinely switch off GPS tracking so they can disappear and veer off their usual course, with many ships apparently "going dark" as they travel though Libyan, Syrian or Lebanese waters.

The paper calls for suspicious activity to be investigated forcefully.


The Financial Times reports that Sir Martin Sorrell has seen his pay from advertising agency WPP fall by 34%.

But it points out he is still set to receive what it describes as a bumper package of more than £40m.

The Guardian says over five years Mr Sorrell has received more than £200m in the face of continuing rebukes from company shareholders.

Last year more than a third refused to back his remuneration of more than £70m, one of the biggest pay cheques in British corporate history.


Many of the papers carry pictures of the Queen at a new memorial to those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan - but most also agree that she was upstaged by a toddler having a tantrum.

The Daily Express says Alfie Lunn "brought smiles to a solemn day" as he tried to wriggle away from his mother and sit on the floor instead of handing over a bouquet of flowers.

The Sun has the same photo of the toddler being gripped tightly by the arm and turning away from the smiling monarch.

The two-year-old also tried to grab the flowers back but his mum tells the paper the Queen was "very understanding".


Finally, there is widespread coverage of a school that is urging parents to put away their mobile phones when they pick up their children.

The Daily Mirror is among those carrying a picture of the sign outside St Joseph's RC Primary in Middlesbrough.

It shows a figure holding a phone, crossed out with a red line and the words "greet your child with a smile - not a mobile".

The move gets the backing of an editorial in The Times which imagines a conversation between a distracted mum and her child.

It ends with the mother falling down a manhole - but delaying her rescue because she's received another text.