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News Daily: Can May calm her critics?

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May to face Tory MPs

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Theresa May is to face backbench Conservative MPs for the first time since last week's general election disappointment. A meeting of the 1922 committee of backbench Tory MPs has been brought forward 24 hours to this evening, with colleagues expected to raise concerns about her leadership style and question her over talks with the Democratic Unionist Party.

Mrs May has brought leading pro-Brexit campaigner Michael Gove back to the cabinet as environment secretary. But Damian Green, one of her most pro-European ministers, is elevated to first secretary of state, effectively her second-in-command.

The prime minister says she wants to bring in "talent from across the whole of the Conservative Party", as she works towards delivering a "successful Brexit". Critics have accused her of not having enough of a collegiate approach, so is this a signal to her MPs and activists that, with her co-chiefs of staff resigning over the weekend, she intends to change?

Analysis: What sort of reception can PM hope for?

By Iain Watson, political correspondent

There is a feeling that the party is holding on to nurse for fear of something worse. "There is zero appetite for another election," as one MP put it, and a feeling that, in an early poll, victory wouldn't be guaranteed.

Read Iain's full article

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Big win forecast for Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron is having a rather easier time than Theresa May, with the La Republique En Marche party, which he set up only a year or so ago, and its MoDem ally expected to win around three-quarters of seats in the National Assembly. But might his problem be much the opposite of the UK prime minister's - a comfortable situation in parliament, but a lack of experience among the successful candidates, many of whom have never run for office before?

Did Manchester bomber work alone?

Manchester bomber Salman Abedi was likely to have built the device that killed 22 people on his own, police say. But it's still unclear whether he got hold of all the materials himself or others were "complicit". All 22 people arrested in connection with the attack on 22 May have now been released without charge.

Flight U-turn after hole found in engine casing

A plane going from Sydney, Australia, to Shanghai, China, had to turn back after a technical failure left a hole in the engine casing. Passengers on board the China Eastern Airlines Airbus A330 noticed a burning smell, with the pilot reporting problems about an hour after take off.

What the papers say

Michael Gove's picture is splashed across the Daily Telegraph and the i, as the Sun and the Daily Express lead on Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson urging Conservative MPs to back Theresa May. But Metro's headline is the comment by former Chancellor George Osborne that the PM is a "dead woman walking", and the Times says that her cabinet reshuffle, including promoting the pro-European Damian Green, suggests she is planning to "soften" her stance on Brexit.

Daily digest

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Today's lookahead

Today It's World Day Against Child Labour Day, organised by the United Nations.

11:30 Anti-corruption rallies are scheduled to be held in Moscow and other Russian towns and cities.

On this day

1964 The leader of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, Nelson Mandela, is given a life sentence for sabotage.

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