Newspaper headlines: Flood fallout, 'marriage tax', Corbyn debate and Eurovision entry

"Budget cuts intensified the impact of floods" is the headline for the Independent, which reports that what it calls a senior official warned two months ago that cuts would lead to the scrapping of defences in Yorkshire.

"Dam you, Cam" is the verdict of the Mirror, which says the "crocodile tears from the PR PM" cannot hide his culpability for cuts in flood defence spending.

The Telegraph, though, believes it is time for a realistic debate on how much the country can afford to spend on this, and other vital infrastructure.

Beneath a picture of an RAF Chinook flying across a flooded area of York, the Times focuses on what it calls the "billion pound bill" facing families unable to insure their homes before the floods.

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Image caption David Cameron donned his wellies to visit flood-hit York

Insurers, it says, have come under attack for taking too long to implement a new government-backed initiative designed to reduce the cost of cover in high-risk areas.

"Figures show 10,000 homes built on floodplains each year" is the main headline for the Financial Times, following its own analysis of official data.

The Guardian, which is among several papers to picture David Cameron walking through flood water in York, leads with a warning that thousands of families and businesses face financial ruin due to inadequate or non-existent insurance.

Many papers again call for money to be diverted from the foreign aid budget.

The Daily Mail says new estimates suggest the costs of this month's disaster in Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire could be up to £5.8bn - "exactly what we're giving to fight global warming overseas".


TV challenge

"Stamp duty change 'a tax on marriage'" is a headline for the Daily Telegraph after it emerged spouses will be treated as one if they buy a second home - and face an increased stamp duty levy - while unmarried couples could put a property in each of their names.

The co-editor of the Conservative Woman website, Laura Perrins, tells the paper it is "another outrageous example of marriage being penalised in the tax system".

With the headline "get rid of Corbyn or we'll quit", the Daily Mail carries a warning from an unnamed shadow cabinet minister that dozens of moderate Labour MPs will leave Parliament unless Jeremy Corbyn is removed as leader.

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Image caption Jeremy Corbyn wants an annual televised debate

The source says, despite the talk of de-selection, the real issue will be those who should be looking at ministerial careers "just giving up" - leaving the left in charge.

"Corbyn challenges Cameron to annual TV debate" is the lead story for the Independent, which says the Labour leader wants a cross-party debate on the dominant issues of the year - and to allow leaders to be questioned by voters.

Mr Corbyn tells the paper it would help the public to "engage more in politics". For the Independent, it "could be just the thing to reawaken public interest in politics".

A Downing Street source says it would be prepared to look at formal proposals.


House music

The Guardian reports on what it calls "a blow to the big four supermarkets", with online retailer Amazon telling the paper it is planning a rapid expansion to its grocery service.

But the paper says, despite its growth, the company's UK boss Christopher North could not confirm if it would pay more corporation tax.

And finally, the Times examines a rather unlikely contender for Britain's next Eurovision entry - a group describing itself as "the world's only parliamentary rock band".

MP4 combines Labour shadow minister Kevin Brennan, veteran Conservative Sir Greg Knight and former Labour MP Ian Cawsey with the experience of the SNP's Pete Wishart - a former member of Scottish Celtic rock group Runrig.

He believes they would have "a good shot". "Even Chris Grayling is a big supporter," he tells the paper.