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The return of Michael Gove to the front benches makes a prominent appearance in a number of Monday’s papers. The former justice secretary was ousted by Theresa May after a bitter leadership battle, which saw him turn on one-time ally Boris Johnson. But all seems to be forgiven, with the “banished Brexiteer”, as the i puts it, returning as environment secretary in Mrs May’s new cabinet.

Daily Telegraph

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The Daily Telegraph says Mr Gove has been brought in to save Mrs May from a leadership challenge. The appointment “paves the way” for Mr Gove to become a key adviser on Brexit, says the newspaper, and, in turn, a “powerful ally” of the prime minister’s.

Daily Express

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The Daily Express leads with a call from Mr Johnson for Tory MPs to back Mrs May. A number of Sunday’s papers said the foreign secretary was preparing himself for a leadership bid. However, the Express reports that Mr Johnson “led declarations of loyalty” and implored the party to “pull together” behind her.


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The Sun has an exclusive column from Mr Johnson, in which he admits Mrs May’s campaign didn’t go well, “to put it mildly”. But he insists he stands behind her 100%. He writes: “Theresa May led a campaign that inspired 13.7m people to vote Conservative, in the biggest total tally of Tory votes since the days of Margaret Thatcher. That is a stunning achievement, for which she deserves the support of her party. And she will certainly get it from me.”


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The Metro continues the onslaught on Mrs May from some of the weekend’s papers, leading with a quote from former Chancellor George Osborne, who told the Andrew Marr Show she was a “dead woman walking”. Mr Osborne, who is now the editor of the Evening Standard, says the PM is “on death row” and could be forced out of No 10 within days.


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The Financial Times also leads with Mr Osborne’s quote and says Mrs May is “facing a showdown” with her own party. The newspaper reports that liberal Tories and businesses will use the uncertainty at the top as an opportunity to push for an “open Brexit”.

The Times

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The Times also reports that Mrs May is signalling a softer Brexit as she faces “overwhelming pressure” to do so, especially from her Chancellor, Philip Hammond. The newspaper says the PM was “forced” into changes to her cabinet that “she would never have contemplated before last Thursday’s election” – including the return of Mr Gove.

The Guardian

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The Guardian reports that Mrs May is “appealing for support” from her colleagues and promising to run her government in a “more collegiate, less controlling way” – especially in light of the sacking of her two closest advisers, Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy. The newspaper also reports that US President Donald Trump does not want to carry out his state visit to the UK until it has support of the British public.

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The Daily Mail says Mrs May is “tearing up her manifesto” that failed to secure a majority government for the Conservatives last week. The newspaper reports that plans to scrap the triple lock on pensions, means test the winter fuel allowance and repeal the fox hunting ban are “set to be ditched” for a “slimmed down” Queen’s Speech.

Daily Mirror

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While the prime minister is fighting for her position, Jeremy Corbyn has told the Daily Mirror he could take over the job “in months”. The Labour leader says he expects to win if a second snap general election is called, and is ready for the role.

Daily Star

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The Daily Star leads on former Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond, who escaped from a horrific car accident at the weekend relatively unscathed. In a video post, the TV personality says he has been a “colossal idiot” and apologises to his wife.

The surprise return to cabinet of Michael Gove as the new environment secretary features on a number of Monday’s front pages.

He is the star of the Daily Telegraph’s splash, which sees his unexpected comeback as Theresa May’s attempt to avoid a leadership challenge.

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The newspaper thinks the prime minister is addressing complaints that she is too autocratic and unwilling to work with her critics.

It also expects Mr Gove to become a key adviser on Brexit and a powerful ally in getting any deal through the Commons.

The Sun says he is the biggest winner in the “post-election disaster shake-up”.

The Times interprets the limited reshuffle as a signal that Mrs May will go for a so-called soft Brexit.

The newspaper says she faces overwhelming pressure to go for looser controls on immigration, a rethink on leaving the customs union, and a more flexible approach to the European Court of Justice.

It also points out that Damian Green, who has been promoted to Mrs May’s deputy in all but name, is an ardent Remain campaigner.

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‘Need a prayer’

The prime minister is shown arriving at her local church with her husband on the front of the Guardian, which says her future is hanging in the balance.

“You’re gonna need a prayer” is the Sun’s caption on a photo of her speaking to the priest.

The Guardian reports that Mrs May will appeal to her party’s 1922 committee for support at their “crunch meeting” later.

One unnamed Conservative tells the paper that she will need a “barnstorming” performance to hold on to her job.

According to the Daily Mail, the PM has “torn up” the controversial Tory manifesto as the price for cabinet support for her leadership.

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Mrs May posing with her manifesto that has now been “torn up”, according to the Daily Mail

The newspaper predicts that plans to water down guarantees on pension increases, means-test winter fuel payments and repeal the fox-hunting ban will be ditched in a slimmed down Queen’s Speech next week.

Mrs May’s dream of creating a new generation of grammar schools will also be shelved, it reports.

The Daily Express and the Sun both focus on Boris Johnson’s declaration of loyalty to Mrs May and his attempt to rally support for the prime minister – or, as the Sun’s headline puts it: “Bojo – binning May is a no-no.”

The Daily Mirror has a beaming Jeremy Corbyn on its front page, alongside the headline: “I can be prime minister in months.”

It says the Labour leader expects to win if there is a second snap general election.

Trump on hold?

The Guardian reports that Donald Trump’s state visit to Britain is “on hold” after he told Mrs May that he didn’t want to face large public protests.

The report is sourced to an unnamed Downing Street adviser, who was said to have been in the room when the phone call was made in recent weeks.

It has been denied by the White House and No 10, but the Times says the state visit won’t be mentioned in the Queen’s Speech – a tacit acknowledgement that it is now “on ice”.

Google says ‘doh’

Google’s artificial intelligence creation, Deep Mind, has beaten board game champions, mastered poker and taught itself to get around the London Underground. But it appears now to have met its match in Homer Simpson.

The Times reports that while Deep Mind can accurately recognise objects in photographs, it struggles when confronted with videos of activities such as slapping, falling on one’s face or eating donuts – a particular passion of Homer’s.

It is sometimes said, the Times notes, that the main thing holding back artificial intelligence is human stupidity.


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