Newspaper headlines: Tory EU referendum 'mutiny' and Kate Moss flight 'meltdown'

David Cameron might insist he was "misinterpreted" in reports suggesting ministers who wanted to vote to leave the European Union would have to quit, but the papers see it very differently.

For the Daily Telegraph, it's a "climbdown". Meanwhile, the Times describes a U-turn (the Sun and Daily Mirror prefer EU-turn) and the Financial Times sees a PM in "retreat".

"Conservative MPs and ministers made their displeasure known to the party whips, while Mr Cameron was urged by senior party figures to give Eurosceptic cabinet ministers the freedom to campaign for a Brexit," reports the FT.

The Daily Mail's Stephen Glover is unsurprised Eurosceptics smelled a "stitch-up". He writes: "No sensible person likes to be instructed to accept a deal that hasn't yet been negotiated. Mr Cameron's remarks in Germany - disowned but not, in fact, withdrawn - will only serve to revive old divisions."

"Just 31 days is how long David Cameron's election honeymoon lasted with his own Tory troops," is the conclusion of Sun political editor Tom Newton Dunn.

The Times agrees: "The prime minister was given a reminder of his party's volatile attitude to the EU as it emerged that Downing Street had drafted in Philip Hammond to involve Tory MPs in the renegotiation."


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The Independent runs through the members of the "divided cabinet". It lists Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and Commons leader Chris Grayling as most likely to leave, while other Eurosceptics like Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and Employment Minister Priti Patel are seen as loyal to Mr Cameron.

The Guardian reminds readers that the Conservatives were elected with a manifesto promise to renegotiate Britain's position in the EU and then put the reform package to a referendum. But it says of the Eurosceptics: "These obsessives aren't interested in the manifesto, the bill or the negotiation. Their only interest is getting out of the EU by whatever means."

Meanwhile, the Mirror says Labour's Hillary Benn has ruled out joining the Conservatives in an "In" campaign, with the party having "made a disastrous error by sharing a platform with the Tories in the run-up to last year's Scottish referendum".

But the FT says Labour has a split of its own to contend with. "Liz Kendall, the Blairite candidate for the Labour leadership, told the hustings it would be a 'profound mistake' for the party to 'somehow boycott' the EU Yes campaign. That was an implicit criticism of Andy Burnham, the bookmakers' favourite for the leadership, who has called for a greater emphasis on a separate pro-EU Labour group."

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Not 'basic'

Various versions of Kate Moss's flight to Luton from Turkey - which ended in a police escort from the plane - are reported in the tabloids.

According to the Sun, the supermodel "blew her top" because the Easyjet crew were eating pasta - and "she was starving after a week of detox at a Turkish retreat". According to one passenger quoted by the paper, Moss - already upset at being unable to sit with her friends, including actress Sadie Frost - began drinking vodka from her hand luggage and then "kicked off" because the flight had run out of sandwiches.

However, Alison Boshoff writes in the Daily Mail that the "mid-air meltdown" involved Moss getting upset by people taking photographs before having a "sweary altercation" with another passenger. "What I am told tipped her over the edge was somebody taking pictures of her luggage - a piece of lese-majeste simply too impertinent (in her view) to be tolerated."

One witness is quoted describing the celebrity calling the pilot a "basic bitch" on the way off the plane. As Boshoff explains: "That phrase, popular in certain sections of American rap culture, is a horribly mean way to describe someone as ordinary, banal or dull."

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Some, on the other hand, feel the incident was blown out of proportion. "She was not really aggressive to anyone and was funny really," the Daily Star quotes another witness saying.

And the Telegraph's Bryony Gordon reckons Moss should carry on "growing old disgracefully". She writes: "Who could blame her for hitting the bottle? She had, after all, spent the week at a detox spa in Turkey to 'celebrate' Sadie Frost's 50th birthday, 'enjoying' such treatments as a freezing cold cryotherapy sauna. After a holiday like that, I think I'd glug back the vodka, too."

The Sun helpfully prices up the trip for anyone wanting to try "Mossy holiday". Along with a £2,500 detox programme, involving living off wheatgrass drinks and salt shots, supplemented by £25 self-administered colonic irrigation sessions and £45 booze-free cocktails, it suggests a £17.99 bottle of duty-free vodka and a £92 Easyjet flight.

Cartoonist Matt, in the Telegraph, imagines a couple deciding whether to pay a "£20 not-sitting-next-to-Kate-Moss supplement" when booking their flight online.

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Media captionWatch Martin Bentham, of London's Evening Standard, and the FT's Sarah O'Connor run the rule over Tuesday's papers for the BBC News Channel

Brits on Broadway

"Queen reigns supreme on Broadway," reports the Times, as it reports Dame Helen Mirren's Tony Awards success for her performance as Elizabeth II in The Audience.

And the Guardian notes that hers was just one of a number of awards that went to British talent, "with everyone from blue-chip stars to lighting designers winning recognition".

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The Independent focuses on 35-year-old Briton Alex Sharp who won Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his part in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. He was, it says, turned down by a succession of acting schools before finally securing a place at New York's £25,000-a-year Juilliard theatre school.

"He must have been tempted to blow a raspberry at Britain's biggest drama schools," suggests the paper's arts correspondent Nick Clark. The writer delves into Sharp's background, saying he spent the first seven years of his life on the road in Europe and the US with his travel-obsessed parents, before making a first stage appearance as Piglet in Winnie the Pooh at his Devon primary school.

"He credited his unusual early years... with helping him later make the transformation from struggling reject into much vaunted talent," writes the Mail's Sam Creighton.

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