The papers begin the weekend by covering the growing pressure on Boris Johnson, a “triple Covid boost” and David Ginola’s return to British TV screens.
“Tory MPs turn on Johnson”, reads the headline of the i weekend, with the paper reporting there is mounting anger within the Conservatives over the PM’s role in the botched attempt to save Owen Paterson’s political career.
Labour has called for an investigation into Mr Johnson’s “failure to declare a freebie holiday to Spain” and his Downing Street flat refurbishment, according to The Independent.
The Guardian also leads on the opposition urging Parliament’s ethics watchdog to investigate the PM about the flat refurbishment, while the Daily Express says a poll of its readers has shown one in four people would not vote for the Tories following this week’s “furore”.
Chief inspector of constabulary Sir Thomas Winsor has told The Times police officers should face random trawls of their phones to tackle “revolting” online misconduct.
The Daily Mail hails a “triple Covid boost” of booster jabs being made available earlier, a “wonder pill” and plunging infection rates.
A senior Oxford professor accuses the “woke” university of “vast hypocrisy” in The Daily Telegraph for accepting a multi-million-pound donation from the family of Oswald Mosley, the leader of the British Union of Fascists.
“Ginola signs for new castle” reads the headline of The Sun, which joins the Daily Mirror in reporting former Premier League star David Ginola will be the star signing for the second season of I’m A Celebrity in Wales.
The release of data on Pfizer’s Covid pill trials ensures investors “piled into” pandemic-battered stocks on Friday, according to the FT Weekend.
And the Daily Star pits “Crooner v crybabies” as it mocks up Rod Stewart asking “do ya think I’m sexist?” after the singer admitted to struggling with political correctness.