Newspaper headlines: 'Dame in a day' and 'Coleen's split'

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Jacob Rees-Mogg suspects civil servants have been staying at home on sunny days, the Telegraph says

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Boris Johnson declares that working from home doesn't work and argues that full offices will lift productivity and revive town centres.

Speaking about his own experience, he says: "You spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee then getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop - and then forgetting what it was you were doing."

Mr Johnson argues staff are more productive, energetic, and full of ideas when surrounded by their colleagues.

Jacob Rees-Mogg tells the Daily Telegraph he suspects civil servants working from home are only putting in a three-day week, in what the paper describes as a government "war with Whitehall mandarins".

The cabinet minister in charge of efficiency says he'll be looking at weather reports to find out whether officials are staying at home on the sunniest days. In what the paper calls a "further swipe at Whitehall", he backs the prime minister's call to cut 91,000 civil service jobs.

The Telegraph understands that posts created for Test and Trace and the Covid taskforce will be among the first to go.

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Praise for Eton College from the education secretary

The Times leads with an interview with the education secretary, Nadhim Zahawi, who says Britain should be proud of its private schools - and not "tilt the system" to ensure more state school pupils are admitted to Oxford and Cambridge.

Mr Zahawi praises schools such as Eton and Westminster for the support they offer the state sector - and he urges them to do more. Mr Zahawi tells the paper the government needs to increase the quality of state schools to reduce the "attainment gap" with the private sector.

The decision to delay the ban on cheap deals on unhealthy foods makes the front page of the Daily Express. It says there are fears among Conservative MPs the move would add to the costs faced by struggling families.

The paper quotes Conservative MP Esther McVey as calling the postponement a "victory for common sense". But it also notes "an outcry" from many health campaigners - including the chef Jamie Oliver - who says it's a wasted opportunity that threatens to erode the government's obesity strategy.

On a similar theme, the Guardian carries a warning from a former Sainsbury's boss that the UK's "golden era" of cheap food is over. Justin King tells the paper shoppers face "hard choices" and will have to "rethink priorities" in family budgets - as the financial shock caused by the war in Ukraine pushes up prices on supermarket shelves.

A new use for a cheap cancer drug could save the lives of thousands of women, according to the i. It says Anastrozole, which costs 10p a dose and is used to treat advanced breast cancer, has now been shown to halve cases of breast cancer among post-menopausal women. It says the NHS is now planning a wider roll-out of the drug for use in disease prevention among high risk groups.