The papers: Theresa May sets out her ‘vision’

Daily Telegraph front page - 19/05/17
Image caption The launch of the Conservative election manifesto is the lead story for most of Friday’s papers. The Daily Telegraph says it saw the prime minister set out her “vision of conservatism” – and describes it as a “manifesto for the mainstream”.
i front page - 19/05/17
Image caption The i calls the manifesto “May’s vision”. The paper lists eight of her pledges on its front page, including an increase in NHS spending and measures to address care funding in England.
Times front page - 19/05/17
Image caption The manifesto reaches out to Labour’s heartlands, reports the Times. It says the prime minister promised to confront unearned privilege in the cause of building a “great meritocracy” beyond Brexit as she set out policies to shift money away from the middle classes and elderly.
Financial Times front page - 19/05/17
Image caption The Financial Times says Theresa May made a “centrist pitch to Labour voters”. It says the prime minister swept aside Thatcherite free-market economics and launched a manifesto aimed at giving the Tories dominance of the political centre ground.
Daily Mail front page - 19/05/17
Image caption “At last a PM not afraid to be honest with you”, says the Daily Mail’s headline. The paper says Theresa May “set out practical pledges rather than eye-catching but unrealistic promises” and put the needs of ordinary working families at the heart of the manifesto.
Guardian front page - 19/05/17
Image caption The Guardian says the manifesto drew a line under the legacy of David Cameron and highlights its promise of more state involvement in the economy. But the paper says the manifesto was “heavy on philosophy and light on costed giveaways”.
Daily Mirror front page - 19/05/17
Image caption The Daily Mirror claims 10m pensioners will be affected by the Tory pledge to means test the winter fuel payment to provide more funding for care. It describes the manifesto as “bleak” and reports Labour’s accusation that Theresa May was “betraying” the elderly.
Sun front page - 19/05/17
Image caption The Sun says Theresa May unveiled a “red Tory” manifesto “in a bid to turn millions of Labour voters blue”. Her pledge to bear down on “sinning big business” and increase spending on the NHS were among its “traditional Labour battle cries”, says the paper.
Metro front page - 19/05/17
Image caption “I’ll do it May way”, is Metro’s headline. The ending of the “triple lock” guarantee on state pensions and target of eliminating the deficit by 2020 were among David Cameron’s polices that were being “swept aside”, it says.
Daily Star front page - 19/05/17
Image caption There is a mention of the manifesto on the Daily Star’s front page. But its lead reports claims a designer who has worked for lingerie firm Ann Summers has created a £40,000 wedding gown for Pippa Middleton. The sister of the Duchess of Cambridge gets married on Saturday.
Daily Express front page - 19/05/17
Image caption The Daily Express focuses on the UK’s talks with the EU – reporting Brexit Secretary David Davis’s comments that Theresa May will “not be bullied” into a bad deal. It is also joins several papers in reporting the county court battle between a £101m lottery winner and his son.

Almost every paper leads on Theresa May’s launch of the Conservative election manifesto.

“Deadly serious, utterly candid and unashamedly moral”. That’s the verdict of the Daily Mail which praises what it calls Mrs May’s “remarkable honesty” in levelling with voters that the country faces “tough choices” and “great challenges”.

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The Sun calls it a “Red Tory manifesto” designed to turn millions of Labour voters blue.

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“Mainstream May reaches out to Labour heartlands” is the headline in the Times. The paper believes the policy programme puts clear blue water between the PM and her predecessors and redefines Conservatism in her image.

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But the paper reckons the Conservatives will have to find almost £40bn from further tax rises or spending cuts.

The i says Mrs May has positioned herself as the most left-wing Conservative prime minister since Ted Heath. But she is, the paper says, a thoroughly modern Tory who has gone where others feared to tread, potentially upsetting one group of natural Tory voters – better-off pensioners.

For the Guardian, the manifesto is “heavy on philosophy and light on costed giveaways”.

It goes on to argue that Mrs May has missed opportunities, for example by putting the burden of paying for social care on the pensioner rather than the state.

The Daily Mirror accuses the prime minister of betraying pensioners and paving the way for tax rises. It speculates that 10m elderly people will be stripped of winter fuel payments as a result of Tory plans to means-test the benefit.

It is, says the Financial Times, a manifesto for Middle England. But the paper warns that a disregard for business sits ill with a promise of a strong economy.

The Daily Express concludes that even though the manifesto has its flaws, the Conservatives are the only party with a serious plan to govern.

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The ex-leaders

While Theresa May was ripping up some of the flagship policies of her predecessor, David Cameron, the Daily Mail reports on the former prime minister’s visit to Las Vegas.

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It pictures Mr Cameron – in the paper’s words, “cashing in” with a speech to bankers in one of the city’s most lavish hotels.

Alongside is a blurry image of former Labour leader Ed Miliband – who is campaigning to retain his seat as an MP – calling out the bingo numbers in a hall in his Doncaster North constituency.

Meanwhile, the Guardian says Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn were “notable by their absence” as the other party leaders took part in the first televised debate of the campaign on Thursday night.

Existential question

Analysis by the Financial Times has revealed what the paper calls a “decisive shift towards green power” after decades of false starts and un-met expectations.

It says an array of clean technologies from solar parks to electric cars and batteries is growing at a rate that has taken experts by surprise.

It has, reports the FT, forced the oil and gas industry to confront an existential question – will the 21st Century be the last one for fossil fuels?

Elsewhere, there is little sympathy for a former Royal Navy officer who lost a legal battle to force his father – a £101m lottery winner – to give him more money.

The Daily Express and Daily Star describe how 32-year-old Michael Dawes sued his father Dave and stepmother, Angela, who had given him £1.6m, but then turned off the tap after a row.

In an editorial, the Daily Mirror picks up on a comment by Mrs Dawes who had told him he would have to learn to enjoy at McDonald’s instead of going to the Ritz.

Chateau Norfolk

Finally, the Daily Mail reports that the county of Norfolk – known for the Queen’s Sandringham Estate, the Broads and Delia Smith – is the new toast of the wine world.

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A local wine, the Winbirri Vineyards Bacchus, costing just under £14 a bottle, has been named the best white from a single grape variety at the Decanter World Wine Awards.

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The paper says the award marks a huge breakthrough for the producer, a family-run vineyard, and for the entire British wine-making industry.

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