Newspaper headlines: Press anticipate Corbyn leadership victory

Labour leadership contest frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn appears on many of the front pages ahead of the result - and most of the papers have already anointed him.

The Guardian says he is odds-on to be elected in one of the most stunning electoral upsets of post-war politics.

"The largely untested Corbyn believes a new style of serious politics could end people's alienation from the political process," it declares.

"His ideas are expected to be tested at Prime Minister's Questions, with him demonstrating how he wants to run a collective, thoughtful leadership."

The Times predicts a whirlwind few days for Mr Corbyn should he be successful.

It says: "Political campaigning forbids preparation for victory - there's no time and it looks presumptive.

"The following four days, however, will be a brutal introduction to front-line politics and its halogen media glare."

The Telegraph says he faces the resignation of as many as a dozen shadow cabinet members on his first day.

"With Mr Corbyn expected to win the leadership contest today," it continues, "Labour's most experienced politicians will refuse to serve after deciding they cannot publicly support his policies."

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Image caption Jeremy Corbyn is the short odds-on favourite

The Financial Times believes the New Labour project is on the brink of extinction.

"They were the political leviathans of their generation who built up an election-winning powerhouse," it says.

"Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson turned the Labour Party into a professional operation that bestrode the centre ground of British politics for 13 years.

"Yet this summer, as they pleaded with the party not to lurch to the left, they seemed helpless.

"Today, at about 11am, they will find out whether their cherished 'modernising project' has been consigned to history."

The Independent reports that former cabinet minister Andrew Smith has "no regrets" about nominating Mr Corbyn - even though he is backing Yvette Cooper.

Mr Smith stepped in at the last minute to enable Mr Corbyn to have the required number of nominations to enter the leadership race just as it was getting down to the wire.

He tells the Independent: "Given the level of support shown for Jeremy during the contest, it would have been indefensible not to have had him on the ballot paper."


Sacrificial lamb

Ewen MacAskill in the Guardian writes that the candidate who began as a sacrificial lamb is on the verge of becoming Labour leader.

"Few people, if anyone, gave Jeremy Corbyn much chance when he just scraped on to the list of Labour leadership candidates in June," he says.

"Not the MPs backing him. Not the media. Not the bookies. Not even his small campaign team.

"One of the key figures in that team, Kat Fletcher, did go into a betting shop in Holloway Road, London, to put £20 on him early on. The odds were 100-1."

The Times forecasts a long and rocky road ahead for Labour whoever wins.

"If Labour now replaces Mr Miliband with Jeremy Corbyn, and sticks with him, it will turn back history by two full generations and consign itself to long-term irrelevance at best," it says.

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Media captionFinancial Times deputy political editor Beth Rigby and Politics Home editor Kevin Schofield join the BBC News Channel to review Saturday's front pages.

The Telegraph warns the Conservatives to be wary of complacency.

"There is no doubt that Mr Corbyn and his ideology have presented an opportunity for the Tories, as Labour retreats from the centre ground," it says.

"But the Conservatives have their weaknesses, too. If David Cameron had lost the election in May, they would probably be facing exactly the same kind of grassroots rebellion that Labour now endures - only from the right."

The Sun links Mr Corbyn with Sadiq Khan's win to become the Labour candidate for London Mayor with the headline: "Can Jez do it, yes he Khan."

A cartoon in the Times shows a glum-faced man wearing a T-shirt with "OMG! What have I done?" written on it. He is asked: "What happened to your Vote Corbyn T-shirt?"


'Heated debate'

Away from the Labour leadership race, the other main story for the papers is MPs' rejection of the Assisted Dying Bill.

The Guardian says MPs voted overwhelming against changing the law to allow doctors to help terminally-ill people end their lives.

"The debate was heated," it notes, "with many MPs drawing on personal experiences of dying relatives to give weight to their arguments.

"However, opponents won by 212, with 330 voting against and 118 in favour."

The Times says: "MPs decisively threw out proposals to give people the right to be helped to die by a two-to-one majority yesterday after a historic debate in a packed House of Commons."

The Telegraph says the campaign to relax anti-euthanasia laws is set to switch to the courts after Parliament emphatically rejected moves to legalise assisted dying.

The paper says: "The scale of the defeat makes it unlikely that it would be considered by MPs again before the next election and will be seen as the end of a concerted parliamentary assault, first initiated by Lord Falconer, the former Lord Chancellor, who took the Assisted Dying Bill through initial stages in the Lords."

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Image caption Protesters on both sides of the assisted dying debate were outside Parliament

The Independent believes it could be at least a decade before MPs debate the issue again.

"During four hours of well attended and passionate debate," says the Independent, "MPs broke across party lines to both attack and praise the Assisted Dying Bill."

The Mail says the issue has ended for a generation, while the Express describes hundreds of people protesting outside Parliament on both sides of the debate.

The Mirror calls it a crushing defeat for pro-campaigners.

The paper comments: "MPs' rejection of the right to die in England and Wales, after their first vote on the issue in 20 years, must not signal the end of the debate for another 20.

"The majority was decisive, with 330 against and just 118 in favour of a scheme to allow the terminally ill to pass away with dignity. Yet this deserves fuller consideration.

"On one side of the argument, those in excruciating pain feel condemned to live while on the other vulnerable citizens fear being pushed into ending their lives.

"Our solution is to bring both sides together on an expert commission to discover if that divide is bridgeable."


Charity hit

"There are apps that can turn on your heating when you are out of the house, amuse a bored child on a long train journey or work out what you can make from the leftovers in the fridge," begins the Times.

"However some apps claim they can make a more profound change to your life, whether giving you 'everything you need to beat depression at the push of a button' or helping you to overcome your life-long fear of spiders."

The paper reports that they are even backed by the NHS - there are 26 apps for mental health conditions in the NHS apps library, 15 of them paid-for and 11 free.

Stephen Buckley, from the charity Mind, tells the Times that these apps can be "incredibly useful", particularly for people who are socially isolated and less able to engage with face-to-face services.


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  • Bowie, the Doctor would like to see you now: Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi has admitted there are still two stars he would love to tempt on to the BBC drama - David Bowie and Keith Richards Guardian
  • Big screen debut for Pacific island tribe who regard Prince Philip as a god: Tanna, made by two Australian film-makers, is based on the true story of Wawa and Dain, star-crossed lovers who sparked an inter-tribal war on Vanuatu's remote Tanna island in the 1980s after Wawa rejected a traditional arranged marriage Independent
  • Why time's not up for watches: One in four people who wear watches do not use them to tell the time - but their rise as a fashion accessory means sales have kept ticking over Mail

Finally, the Express brings us the story of 82-year-old Alan Wrigley who, it says, has become a social media hit after a photo of him holding a box of chocolates for charity was liked by 41,000 people on Facebook.

Mr Wrigley says: "I'm a bit shocked but very proud."

Mr Wrigley spends £1,000 a year on sweets which he offers to customers at the DIY store in Rochdale where he works, with donations going to two local hospices.

"After the news was spread on social media tributes poured in from around the world," comments the Express. "How nice it is to see such a kind and selfless man getting the praise he deserves."


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