Newspaper headlines: Labour's Brexit debate 'over' and 'midline crisis'

By BBC News

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The general election features on many front pages. And several papers focus on Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage following the announcement that he will not be putting himself forward as a candidate.

Some of the papers ridicule Mr Farage's decision.

Having marched his Brexit Party army to the battlefront with banners flying, could it be that he's lost his nerve at the first whiff of grapeshot?, the Daily Mail asks.

There is also interest in Mr Farage's plan to put up candidates in nearly every constituency.

In the Mail's view, every vote for the Brexit Party will bring Jeremy Corbyn closer to Downing Street.

The Sun urges Mr Farage not to split the Tory vote and not to endanger the best chance of ending the Brexit paralysis.

Swallow your pride and think again, is its advice.

The Financial Times says that for all his bluster, Mr Farage must know that splitting the Leave vote would risk losing Brexit - the goal he has spent his entire political life trying to achieve.

The Daily Telegraph leads with an attack on Mr Farage by the leading eurosceptic Tory MP Steve Baker.

He tells the paper that Mr Farage risks becoming the "man who threw away Brexit" because of his opposition to Boris Johnson's withdrawal agreement and his party's decision to field candidates in almost every constituency.

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image captionThe Guardian says Jeremy Corbyn has told his shadow cabinet "the debate is over" on their internal Brexit divisions

In other political news, the Guardian says Jeremy Corbyn has told his shadow cabinet "the debate is over" on their internal Brexit divisions.

The paper says he is seeking to stamp his authority on the election campaign and shift the focus to social justice and the climate emergency.

The Daily Mirror's lead is a pledge by Labour to keep TV licences free for all pensioners over 75.

For its main story, the Times reports that Vietnamese children as young as 15 are being brought to the UK by suspected trafficking gangs using legitimate visas sponsored by private schools.

It says the students typically pay a term's fees, then go missing within weeks or months of starting at the school. Many disappear into the system and are left at risk of exploitation in nail bars, cannabis farms and brothels.

Several papers lead on health stories - and the pressure on the NHS in England from various medical conditions.

According to the Daily Mail, one in 10 patients admitted to hospital is suffering from type-2 diabetes, linked to being overweight and inactive. It says hospitals are being deluged with 5,000 type-2 diabetes patients every day.

The i says the NHS is feeling the strain with the soaring number of cases of heart failure.

It highlights figures by the British Heart Foundation showing that the number of people admitted to hospital has risen by a third in the past five years.

Meanwhile, the Sun, reports that hospitals dealt with a record 15,500 cases of cocaine abuse last year. It says the figure is up nearly 90% over five years - and includes an alarming rise in the number involving users in their 50s and 60s.

'King Lewis'

Finally, Lewis Hamilton is widely feted in the sports pages after winning his sixth Formula 1 world title at the US Grand Prix.

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For the Daily Express he's King Lewis the Sixth.

The Times says he has cemented his position among Britain's greatest sportsmen - moving within one title of matching Michael Schumacher's record.

In the Daily Mail's words, Hamilton completed yet another milestone in his transformation from a Hertfordshire council estate boy into a global star of sport.