Newspaper headlines: PM calls for seven-day GPs and stolen baby found

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Theresa May's plan to make GPs in England open their surgeries seven days a week features on several of Saturday's front pages.

The Daily Mail says the "personal intervention" by the prime minister comes as "thousands" of surgeries close early on weekday afternoons, "while others take a three-hour lunch break".

According to the Daily Telegraph, access to a major package of government funding will be "contingent" on GPs being able to demonstrate they are offering appointments when patients want them.

The Times warns that many GPs "are likely to be incensed" by the plan, after years of claiming there are too few of them to cope with an ageing population.

The Conservative chair of the Commons Health Select Committee has said the Tories "risk losing the trust of voters" on the NHS in an interview with the newspaper.

Dr Sarah Wollaston, who was a GP before entering parliament, says the system is "underfunded", and warns that "relentless" pressures on staff are contributing to what she describes as a "human crisis".

She denies that GPs are lazy, claiming she has never encountered one who plays golf during the day, and instead argues that the key to dealing with problems in the NHS is to increase funding for social care.


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Image caption The Guardian reports that Michel Barnier is "backing away from his hardline approach" to Brexit

The lead story in the Guardian details how the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said he wants a "special" relationship with the City of London to continue to give EU countries easy access to the financial centre after Britain leaves.

The paper says it has seen unpublished minutes that hint at "unease" about the costs of Brexit on the rest of the EU, and give the "first signs" that Mr Barnier is "backing away from his hardline approach".

The European Commission has insisted the minutes "do not correctly reflect" what was said, but a source has described them to the Guardian as "more or less accurate".


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Tristram Hunt's decision to quit as the Labour MP for Stoke Central is widely seen as bad news for Jeremy Corbyn in Saturday's newspapers.

The Daily Express claims Labour will need a "miracle" to retain the seat in a by-election.

For the Times, the resignation underlines Labour's "poor leadership and dearth of talent", while the Sun believes life is "too short" to spend a decade in "impotent opposition".

Only the Daily Mail is critical of Mr Hunt, arguing that his new job as director of the Victoria and Albert Museum means he joins "multitudes of like-thinking left-wing luvvies" running "almost every public body in the country".


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Image caption Lord Snowdon features on several front pages following his death aged 86

Photographs of Lord Snowdon are printed on several front pages, including the Daily Express which claims the Queen has been "left saddened" by the death of her former brother-in-law at the age of 86.

The Daily Telegraph notes that he was seen as "one of the country's foremost photographers, but became known for his many affairs", a fact which prompts The Sun to describe him as "the romping rock'n'roll royal rebel".

The Daily Mirror highlights some of his "iconic" images, including photographs of David Bowie and Sir Richard Branson, and praises his portraits of the royal family for capturing "a more human side".