Newspaper headlines: 'Chronic' nurse shortage and Meghan 'mania'

By BBC News
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"Massacre of the Middle Aged Men" is how the Daily Mail describes the second day of Theresa May's reshuffle.

It points out that 10 of 11 outgoing ministers are white men - and says Downing Street ducked questions about whether the appointment of a string of female and ethnic minority MPs amounted to positive discrimination.

The website Huffpost UK calls into question the prime minister's claim that her reshuffle makes the government look more like the country it serves.

It highlights research by the Sutton Trust education charity which says 34% of the new cabinet were privately-educated, compared with just 6.5% of pupils in the UK.

The charity tells Huffpost it's a disappointing reversal of progress.

The Financial Times reports that the European Union has been warning British companies about the consequences of a "no-deal" Brexit.

The paper has seen so-called "be prepared notices" sent to several industries - including airlines, drug makers and pig breeders.

The FT says the warnings prompted an angry response from Brexit Secretary David Davis, who in a letter to Mrs May accused the EU of trying to force British firms to relocate to the continent.

The Daily Express is outraged and condemns what it calls "bully boy tactics" by "Brussels thugs".

The Times reports that a leading NHS hospital is proposing delaying chemotherapy for cancer patients, and cutting treatment for terminally-ill people because of a shortage of specialist nurses.

Patients' rights groups tell the paper the proposal - set out in a memo from a senior doctor at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford - would cost lives.

The Times says it's the starkest sign yet of how a shortage of doctors and nurses is affecting the health service. Hospital managers say a final decision has yet to be made.

'Final tragedy'

The Daily Mirror leads with the inquest into the death of Lady Lucan, whose body was found at her home in London in September.

The coroner recorded a verdict of suicide - saying the 80-year-old had researched ways of killing herself after coming to believe she had developed Parkinson's disease.

The Mirror calls her death "the final tragedy" - reminding its readers she was the last person to see her husband alive before he infamously vanished in 1974.

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The Mail accuses Labour of hypocrisy in its treatment of the journalist Toby Young, who resigned from the Office for Students over controversial tweets.

The paper singles out shadow education secretary Angela Rayner for leading what it calls the "hate mob" - asking why she had not condemned misogynistic comments by the Labour MP Jared O'Mara in similar terms.

For the Independent, however, questions remain about how Mr Young got the job. It says his appointment looks like a case of jolly japes and jobs for mates.

Costly cauliflower

Marks and Spencer is ridiculed in The Sun for selling a slice of cauliflower for more than twice the price of a whole one.

The more expensive variety is marketed as a "cauliflower steak" - which is wrapped in plastic and sold with a sachet of sauce for £2.50.

The paper brands the retailer a "food wally" - a charge it also levels at Sainsbury's for selling a coconut adorned with a plastic stand, a ring-pull and a straw.