Newspaper headlines: PM faces tax plan 'mutiny', and Sarah Harding tributes

By BBC News
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There is "Tory panic", according to the i, over plans to increase National Insurance to fund social care reforms.

The Daily Telegraph explains why three former chancellors have attacked the proposals.

The Daily Mail claims the "majority" of the prime minister's top team oppose what it calls the "£10bn tax raid".

But the Times suggests that, with a cabinet reshuffle imminent, no minister is expected to fight the scheme.

A Treasury insider tells the Times that Boris Johnson is in "invincible mode" and will push it through.

Sir Keir Starmer confirms in the Daily Mirror that Labour will not back any National Insurance increase.

In an interview, he says it would hit low earners, young people and businesses.

The Labour leader hints that the over-65s should have to contribute.

Meanwhile the Guardian reveals that officials are still thrashing out how the extra taxation would work in the devolved nations, such as Scotland, where care is already largely paid by the state.

The Telegraph reports that Lord Trimble, who was instrumental in the Good Friday Agreement, has warned US President Joe Biden in a strongly worded letter to abandon his support for the Northern Ireland Protocol.

He says it risks undermining the peace deal and "causing civil unrest".

The former Northern Ireland Secretary says the tool designed to prevent a hard border within Ireland is also damaging the Northern Ireland economy.

Meanwhile the Daily Star predicts what it calls "Sausage Wars 2".

The paper says checks on chilled meats arriving from Britain are due to come into force within 30 days, but claims the Brexit minister, Lord Frost, has not spoken to his EU counterpart for weeks.

The boom in domestic holidays and a shortage of laundry staff are forcing hotels to limit bed linen changes and delay check-ins, according to the Financial Times.

Without action from the government, the employers group - the CBI - warns that general labour supply issues could last for up to two years.

Online, the Independent reports that builders are downing tools - faced by a shortage of workers, rising supplies costs and delays in deliveries - affected by the lack of HGV drivers.

The website suggests there could be a knock on for the UK's economic recovery from the pandemic.

In the Telegraph, the head of the logistics firm, Wincanton, calls for lorry driver training time to be shortened by three quarters.

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Many papers picture the Girls Aloud singer, Sarah Harding, with her mother's tribute, "my bright shining star".

The Daily Mirror suggests that "the bravery with which she fought breast cancer was inspiring".

The Sun describes her death as a "bitter tragedy" because the 39-year-old had been too scared to get her early symptoms checked because of Covid.

The paper fears thousands more could face the same fate.

The Times says the government is facing calls to pass a law requiring the number of hedgerows to be increased by 40% by 2050.

The countryside charity, the CPRE, says this could help tackle climate change, support wildlife and create 25,000 jobs.

The Department for Agriculture says there are plans to reward farmers who manage hedges.

Having been considered biologically dead in the 50s, the paper says the river is now home to more than 3,000 harbour and grey seals.