Newspaper headlines: ‘Recession lifts’ and Eurovision ‘discord’

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11 May 2024

Updated 11 May 2024

The FT also highlights that Britain’s growth beat the US and the Eurozone in the first quarter, but carries a Labour warning that the UK economy is “still £300 smaller per head” than when Mr Sunak became prime minister in October 2022.

Meanwhile, the i reports that the Treasury is working on plans for what it calls a “2p Tory tax giveaway in September”. The paper says the chancellor is understood to be targeting a cut to National Insurance “weeks ahead of the election”, if the economy allows.

It says Labour insiders fear that the general election could become a repeat of 1992, when Sir John Major’s Conservative Party pulled off a shock victory. Anneliese Dodds – who chairs Labour – tells the paper: “We can be very good at losing elections people thought we would win.”

Image caption, Opinion polls in 1992 had Labour out in front, but John Major (pictured) won for the Conservatives

The Guardian leads on the UN General Assembly backing a Palestinian bid for full membership of the UN. The paper says the “highly charged gesture” drew an immediate rebuke from Israel. But it says the vote signals what it calls “Israel’s growing isolation” over the war in Gaza, and the extent of the humanitarian crisis.

The Times reports that private schools face a “testing time”. It says the number of children being enrolled has dropped by the biggest proportion in more than a decade – with admissions falling by 2.7% this academic year. The paper says the independent schools’ sector blames Labour’s pledge to put VAT on fees if it wins power.

“Euro division” is how the Sun sums up this year’s song contest in Sweden. The paper says Eurovision has been plunged into crisis ahead of Saturday’s final, with more than 20,000 pro-Palestinian protesters expected to turn out against the inclusion of Israel’s contestant, Eden Golan. The Sun says some UK venues have also decided not to show the event – or face what it calls a “mob backlash”.

Finally, the Guardian reports that tennis fans at Wimbledon may be treated to the “cream of the crop” of strawberries this year. It says many farms have borne the brunt of the extreme, wet weather during the winter. But berry growers tell the paper that if it is cool, that means strawberries ripen more slowly – and are bigger and juicier.

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