image captionSaturday’s papers are dominated by the election results. The Guardian says Labour is “in turmoil” after the Conservatives made significant gains at the polls. The Tories took a Westminster seat in the Hartlepool by-election with a majority of nearly 7,000. Labour previously held the seat for decades. The paper reports that Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is considering moving his party’s headquarters out of London to show the party represents the whole country. Labour is also expecting to reshuffle senior members of its team and review its policies, the paper adds.
image captionThe i weekend carries comments from Labour’s “devastated” leader Sir Keir who says the party has “lost the trust of working people”. There are accusations that Labour has been captured by a “London-based bourgeoisie, with brigades of woke social media warriors”, the paper adds. Meanwhile, the photo on the front of the i is of beachgoers enjoying the summer sun abroad as the green travel list has been revealed for those in England.
image captionBoris Johnson is preparing for a decade-long premiership, according to the Times. Cabinet ministers said there had been a permanent change in the nation’s political identity, suggesting the PM could outlast Margaret Thatcher who was in No 10 for 11 years, the paper reports.
image caption“The day Boris blew up Labour” is the headline dominating the front of the Daily Mail, accompanied by a photograph of the PM standing next to his inflatable double in Hartlepool – an image which several papers have opted for. Many councils turned blue, “reversing a mid-term slump often suffered by governing parties”, the paper adds.
image captionThe PM has credited a Brexit “bounce” for his party’s success at the polls, the Daily Express reports. Mr Johnson said Leave-backing Hartlepool backed his government for securing a departure from the European Union, the paper adds.
image captionThe FT Weekend says Mr Johnson has been propelled by a “vaccine bounce”, plunging the Labour party into “crisis”. The Conservatives managed to push further into the working-class heartlands. Sir Keir said he takes “full responsibility” for the party’s performance. But Downing Street is still waiting to see whether Scotland has decisively voted for the pro-independence Scottish National Party before launching into celebration, the paper adds.
image captionYet regardless of the results at Holyrood, Mr Johnson has told the Daily Telegraph he would reject calls for a second Scottish independence referendum, even if Nicola Sturgeon secures an SNP majority. He told the paper a referendum “in the current context is irresponsible and reckless”. The Telegraph says Ms Sturgeon is on track for a strong performance in the Holyrood election, but it is not clear if she will secure a majority.
image captionMeanwhile, the Daily Star leads with a tongue-in-cheek front page about the 12 places on the government’s green travel list. “When they said we could go on holiday we were thinking sunny Spain, not the bleedin’ Falklands,” the paper writes.
image captionFinally, the Sun reports that chef Jamie Oliver turned detective in order to find his stolen tractor. Mr Oliver has accused police of failing to investigate the theft properly. He was able to find it after raiders dumped it in a field in Essex, the papers add.