Newspaper headlines: May clings on and Rooney's punishment

Most of the papers reflect on the attempt by Conservative backbenchers, led by ex-party chairman Grant Shapps, to oust Theresa May.

The verdict of the Daily Express is "Theresa slaps down rebels", reporting that the prime minister appears to have secured her position, thanks to a "ruthless operation" to discredit those seeking to undermine her.

The Daily Mail agrees.

Under the headline "rout of the pygmies", it says the plot to remove Mrs May "collapsed into a shambles yesterday" as MPs and ministers united to condemn what it labels "the betrayal of rivals seeking revenge."

The paper also offers its readers pen portraits of the "traitors gallery" of senior Conservatives it says are part of Mr Shapps' attempted coup.

The paper's columnist Peter Oborne says Mrs May must "destroy her Tory enemies before they destroy her".

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However, even if the rebellion has been seen off, doubts about the prime minister most definitely remain for some.

"PM clings to power - for now" is the i newspaper's take.

Meanwhile, the Sun endorses Mrs May, but only because - as its editorial puts it - "there is no obvious replacement".

Until one emerges the Tories must unite behind her, the paper says.

The Financial Times urges the PM to sack lacklustre members of the cabinet and bring in new talent. The FT concedes that it is a strategy that carries risk, but, it says, "she has nothing to lose."

The Daily Mirror laments that at a time when the nation is crying out for strong leadership, it has been left rudderless by a "top of the flops" prime minister.

"Britain deserves much better than these incompetent Tories," says its leader.


The Daily Mirror reports on another beleaguered leader: Ryanair's Michael O'Leary.

The paper says it has seen a letter to Mr O'Leary written on behalf of his pilots, responding to his "grovelling" pledge to improve their pay and conditions.

In it, the pilots accuse their boss of "considering us nothing more than aircraft parts".

One pilot tells the Mirror that Mr O'Leary's offer was "the ramblings of a desperate man".

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One of the most successful glossy magazines of recent years is ceasing its monthly print edition and going online, the Times reports.

Glamour's decision to go "digital first" is the result of tumbling sales and alarm about the future of beauty and celebrity titles.

The Financial Times says there is in fact a broader challenge to the magazine industry.

It says it's partly the result of the "abundance of free news and entertainment" available on the internet - and also a "changing of the guard" at some of the world's top titles.

It cites the retirement of Vanity Fair's longstanding editor, Graydon Carter.

The FT quotes the founder of Rolling Stone, which in another sign of the times was recently put up for sale.

He says "publishing is a completely different industry than what it was."

'Emulsional' Wayne

It could be worse, though, as various long-lens photos of Wayne Rooney doing community service at a garden centre attest.

It follows his conviction for drink-driving last month. He's been painting park benches at the centre.

"Tired and emulsional", is the Sun's headline.

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To avoid the glare of publicity, Wayne Rooney could perhaps have benefited from the new England rugby kit, which, as the Daily Telegraph reports sceptically, "purports to use state of the art camouflage technology to mask player movement".

An expert in visual perception doubts the manufacturer's breathless claim and points out that in any case, any advantage gained from the design is counteracted by the fact the shirts have a large, highly visible advertiser's logo in the middle of them.

The Telegraph says fans have grumbled that the replica strip costs £95 and it is the eighth new kit in the last three years, meaning that, transparently, it is merely a "revenue raising stunt."