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Newspaper headlines: Labour in 'crisis' as Jeremy Corbyn suspended

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image captionMany of the front pages focus on the fallout from Mr Corbyn's suspension

"Corbinned," is the Metro's take on the decision by Labour to suspend the party's former leader, Jeremy Corbyn, following his reaction to the Equality and Human Rights Commission's anti-Semitism report.

The Guardian says Mr Corbyn had been reassured by his successor, Sir Keir Starmer, that he would face no action as a result of its findings, but the situation changed after he put out a statement saying anti-Semitism within Labour had been "dramatically overstated for political reasons".

Party sources have told the Guardian there was "shock, dismay and total disbelief" at Labour headquarters over Mr Corbyn's response.

The Times reports that Sir Keir now faces "a battle for the soul of the Labour Party" as he attempts to deal with the fallout over the decision to suspend Mr Corbyn.

Figures on the left believe the action has plunged the party into "a full-scale civil war". One is quoted as saying the issue will "consume" Sir Keir's premiership for the next four years and "tank his chances at the next general election".

The i says the division will "come to a head in the coming months" as supporters decide who sits on the left-controlled national executive.

Away from Labour, the Daily Telegraph reports that the government is considering a new nationwide lockdown either side of the festive period amid concerns local interventions are not controlling the virus.

The paper says there would be a "Christmas window" in between to allow people to meet friends and family.

The Sun lays bare the division between ministers and medics. Despite the deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan van Tam, delivering an "extremely bleak" update on the pandemic, Home Secretary Priti Patel is quoted as saying the prime minister will "try everything" to avoid a national lockdown.

The Sun suggests the row may all "end in tiers".

A government aide has told the Financial Times the coming weeks will see more and more regions put into the highest tier of English coronavirus restrictions. They go on to say that "virtually everywhere" will be subjected to the most stringent measures by December.

The FT report also adds that Mr Johnson's ability to tighten restrictions is "limited" because of opposition within his own party to the tier system already in place.

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image captionThe Daily Telegraph suggests there could be a nationwide lockdown either side of Christmas

"Hospitals could run out of beds" by 17 December is the bleak warning in the Daily Mail. A "well-placed source" has told the paper that if no further action is taken hospitals in England would be forced to turn people away.

The paper says the forecast also includes capacity in the temporary Nightingale hospitals. A Downing Street source confirmed it had been advised beds could run out by Christmas but declined to give a precise date.

And finally the Times reveals the launch of Amazon's new Swedish website has not gone as planned due to a series of cultural gaffes and mistranslations.

Customers saw frying pans listed as items for woman, a swastika-emblazoned shower curtain for sale and a silicone baking mould described as suitable for "faeces".

The errors are reportedly the result of a poorly designed computer programme unable to cope with multiple meanings of certain English words.

Amazon thanked people for pointing out the errors and said it was "always keen" to improve customers' experiences.