Newspaper headlines: Brown warns Labour, Songs of Praise in Calais, pizzas on NHS and Cilla musical

Monday's papers are in agreement that a speech on the future of the Labour Party by Gordon Brown amounted to a "thinly-veiled" attack on the leadership front-runner Jeremy Corbyn.

The Financial Times sees the former prime minister's words as an "unequivocal condemnation" of the Islington North MP.

Mr Brown, says the Guardian, did not refer to any of the four candidates by name but implied that the the left-winger would make Labour a party of protest rather than one of government.

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The Guardian reports that none of the other party grandees who have spoken out against Mr Corbyn have dented his status as favourite and pressure is now mounting on former leader Ed Miliband to make clear his views, "as they are more likely to be respected by the left of the party".

The Daily Mirror says Mr Brown's "storming intervention" was crucial in the attempt to focus Labour supporters' attention on the importance of their decision.

But Sun political commentator Ryan Sabey believes Mr Brown "probably won't make a jot of difference to the result".

Daily Telegraph sketchwriter Michael Deacon says it was a "rational and impassioned appeal" but one that may just as easily have depressed Labour supporters - as the longer Mr Brown spoke, the "punier" the leadership contenders looked in comparison with him.

The Independent is among several papers to take an interest in the way Mr Brown paced up and down as he talked at the Royal Festival Hall in London, calculating that he must have walked more than a mile during the 50 minutes he spent on his feet. Lucy Fisher in the Times says the speech was learnt by heart and delivered in a way popular in the US where Mr Brown has been teaching.

Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph reports that one of the architects of New Labour, Lord Mandelson, attempted to scupper Mr Corbyn by getting the other contenders to quit. He was said to have thought the party would have suspended the contest, but backed down when it was pointed out that the move would have meant victory for Mr Corbyn.

In its leader column, the Independent says the "remarkable outbreak of support for Mr Corbyn... cannot be dismissed as a passing phase, and nor can the man who generated it".


'Astonishing witness'

An episode of Songs of Praise filmed at a makeshift church in a migrant camp in Calais attracted controversy even before it was broadcast on BBC1 on Sunday.

The Daily Mail's Damian Thompson watched the programme and says it was "in reality, just another opportunistic exercise in conscience tweaking". Viewers were given only a tiny glimpse of an actual service and no hymns were sung, he writes.

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The Sun reports there was criticism of the programme by "angry viewers" on Twitter.

But in the Guardian, Giles Fraser, former canon chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral, says the episode demonstrated an "astonishing witness to the power and diversity of the Christian faith".

A review by Ed Power in the Daily Telegraph says it was "genuinely moving". The "core Christian values of empathy and compassion shone brightly", he says.

Meanwhile, the Independent carries an article written by the chairwoman of the BBC Trust, Rona Fairhead, in which she called for the public to be given a greater say in the corporation's future.


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Doughnuts and pizzas

Concern that NHS prescriptions for gluten-free food high in calories could be contributing to obesity is the lead story for the Daily Mail.

The paper says doughnuts and pizzas are among the food items being "handed out".

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In general only coeliac disease patients can qualify, explains the Mail, and the system dates back to the 1960s when gluten-free products were hard to find in shops. But some doctors now want to limit prescriptions to vouchers for the purchase of staples such as bread and flour.

Another health story attracting headlines is figures suggesting that the number of people living with diabetes in the UK has soared by nearly 60% in the past decade.

The Daily Express leads with the assessment by Diabetes UK and highlights the charity's concern about the impact on NHS finances.

The charity's assertion that not enough patients are being tested for complications that can lead to strokes and heart disease, which end up costing far more to treat than diabetes, is covered in the Times.

The Sun's leader column says the findings are "staggering... We need to stop treating the symptoms and get to the cause."


What the commentators say...

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Media captionJournalist and commentator Mina Al-Oraibi and the Independent columnist James Rampton join the BBC News Channel to review Monday's front pages

'Jailhouse rap'

Claims a video showing two inmates at the privately-run Birmingham prison performing a rap song has been posted on the internet makes the Sun's front page.

The prison tells the paper an investigation is under way into how the clip was seemingly filmed on a smuggled mobile phone.

Writing in the Sun, Keith Vaz, the chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, says the video "clearly demonstrates that prison authorities need far more support to keep jails secure from smuggled items".


Surprisingly good acoustics

The Times looks forward to the a concert next month at a cavernous chamber in one of the piers of Tower Bridge.

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The south bascule chamber, a dank, brick-lined space where one of the bridge's 2,500-tonne counterweights descends when the bridge is raised, is said to have "surprisingly good acoustics".

It will host 12 performances by players from the Docklands Sinfonia orchestra, says the Times, calling it the "latest extreme music venue".

Finally, the Sun reports that the late Cilla Black had held meetings with West End producers interested in turning her life into a West End musical.

The plans were put on hold but there is said to be renewed interest in a show following the death of the singer this month. Sheridan Smith, who portrayed the star in a recent ITV drama, is being suggested as a possible lead.


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