Newspaper review: May 'given 10 days to save premiership'

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Four days after the devastating fire that engulfed Grenfell Tower, The Sunday Times says senior staff at Kensington and Chelsea council have been ordered by the government to stay at home.

Instead, it says that the British Red Cross has been drafted in.

The Sunday Mirror and the Sunday People says the charity will coordinate volunteers, while a task force of executives from other London councils will handle the official relief effort.

It follows fears raised in the Sunday Express that masses of undistributed donations could go to waste.

The Sunday Times quotes the Labour MP Ian Austin saying: "Isn't it a good job we've got charities... when Britain's richest council can't sort out its mess."

The Royal Family's contributions dominate several front pages.

"Queen calms shaken nation," declares the Sunday Express.

The Sunday Mirror hails the Duke of Cambridge, who is pictured comforting a survivor, whose husband remains missing, as the Prince of Compassion.

The Sunday People praises him for abandoning royal protocol, a warmth it contrasts with Theresa May's response.

The prime minister is "fighting for her political life on two fronts", according to the Mail on Sunday.

Not only has she delivered what it calls a "mea culpa" over her handling of the blaze, but the paper says she also faces a rebellion from her MPs over Brexit.

The Sunday Times believes she has been given 10 days to save her premiership.

It says up to a dozen MPs are ready to demand a vote of no confidence.

Writing in the paper, Adam Boulton says when the Queen is our chief consoler, you know the PM is lost.

But Nigel Nelson speculates in the Sunday People that "she could just get away with staying on".

The Sunday Telegraph says Mrs May has a new nickname, "the caretaker prime minister".

However, it suggests that most factions in the party believe keeping her in post "serves their short-term interests".

The Sunday Express offers its support, saying the prime minister has shown "leadership" in the face of considerable adversity.

So great is the "crisis" facing Mrs May, the Sun on Sunday says, the "embattled" PM is holding private prayer sessions with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

The vicar's daughter is said to have found great comfort from the meetings.

Churchgoers 'double'

She's not the only one turning to the Church. According to the Sunday Telegraph new research suggests figures for practising young Christians are far higher than previously thought.

The study showed that 13% of 11 to 18-year-olds say they're regular churchgoers - double the numbers from a decade ago.

The findings are said to have "shocked" the Church of England's national youth evangelism team, which has also learned that youngsters are being attracted by visiting churches rather than their youth groups.

The Olympic swimmer, Michael Phelps, might consider saying a little prayer before he embarks on his latest challenge.

The Sunday Mirror and Sunday People both report that he's to race "Jaws" - or a great white shark.

The race, to be shown on television, is being promoted as Great Gold versus Great White.

Although Phelps' top speed of 6mph beats the shark's cruising pace, its attack rate can reach 25mph.

So best not to upset it, cautions the Sunday Mirror.