'Tories offer lower taxes' and blood donor 'red O-lert'

The i headline reads: "Sunak pins hopes on NI cut to rescue stricken Tory campaign"
Daily Express headline reads: "Up the Workers! Pm promises 2p cut in national insurance"
The Daily Express also leads with Mr Sunak's plans to cut NI again, reporting that he intends to "vow to slash the welfare bill" to pay for it. The PM will use the pledge to set out a "stark contrast" with Labour and claim that Sir Keir Starmer will put up taxes, the paper says. [BBC]
Times headline reads: "Tories offer lower taxes and help for homebuyers"
Daily Telegraph headline reads@ "Sunak offers tax breaks to landlords"
Tax breaks for landlords is the pledge the Daily Telegraph chooses to pick out from the manifesto plans. The paper says Mr Sunak will promise to scrap capital gains tax for landlords who sell their property to tenants, as part of an initial two-year scheme. [BBC]
Guardian headline reads "Tory right plans to give Sunak set of demands if manifesto falls flat"
The Guardian is reporting that senior Tories on the right of the party will issue Mr Sunak with a series of demands for alternative pledges, if his tax-cutting manifesto plans fall flat. Conservative sources have told the paper their demands will include tougher action on immigration and human rights law. [BBC]
FT headline reads: Labour's reluctance to rule out capital gains tax rise stokes investment fears
Daily Mirror headline reads: "Exclusive Keir Starmer: My Pledge on Kids' health"
The Daily Mirror’s lead story focuses on a pledge from Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer to improve children’s health. Labour will promise to ban the sale of energy drink to under-16s and junk food adverts before 21:00 on TV, as well as guarantee 100,000 more dental appointments for kids, the paper says. [BBC]
Metro headline reads: Red Olert - hospitals blood crisis after cyber attack
Daily Mail headline reads: "Wild West Streets Britain's 12-year-old Machete Murderers"
The Daily Mail’s lead story is on two 12-year-olds being convicted murder after a “horrific unprovoked attack” using a 16-inch machete in Wolverhampton. The paper notes the pair of boys are the youngest convicted murderers since the killers of James Bulger were found guilty 1993. [BBC]
Daily Star headline reads: "Herr we go for Euros"
Adorned with some customary flag bunting, the Daily Star’s front page continues with build-up to England's first appearance at the Euros on Sunday against Serbia. The paper reports the Three Lion’s “super-squad” has touched down in Germany after waving goodbye to thousands of celebrating young fans. [BBC]

Many of the front pages feature stories on the launch of the Conservative Party general election manifesto.

The Times says the manifesto will offer lower taxes and help for homebuyers, as Rishi Sunak positions himself as "the heir to Margaret Thatcher".

It predicts more than £13bn worth of tax cuts, funded by overhauling the welfare system and cracking down on tax avoidance.

The Daily Telegraph expects a tax cut for landlords through changes to capital gains tax, another reduction in National Insurance and a new version of the Help To Buy scheme.

The headline in the Daily Express is "Up the workers!", as the paper welcomes the news of an "unprecedented" third reduction in National Insurance by a further 2p.

The i expects the same raft of policies to be announced, but offers a different reading of them. It says Mr Sunak hopes a detailed tax-cutting manifesto can "help reset his faltering election campaign".

And the Guardian says right-wing Conservatives are poised to demand tougher action on immigration and human rights law if the promises Mr Sunak makes in the manifesto "fall flat".

The paper says figures such as Suella Braverman and Robert Jenrick are waiting to judge the public reaction.

The Financial Times focuses instead on Labour, saying the party's refusal to rule out a hike in Capital Gains Tax has stoked fears that investment could be hit if they win the election.

It notes that the Lib Dems have already proposed funding policies from capital gains, and says analysts think such moves could deter investors from the UK, and push entrepreneurs to sell their businesses.

The Daily Mirror puts Labour on its front page too, highlighting policies on energy drinks, and dentists' appointments. It calls this an "ambitious drive to improve the nation’s failing health."

The Daily Mail leads with the conviction of two 12-year-old boys for a fatal stabbing in Wolverhampton.

Under the banner headline, Wild West Streets, it says they are the youngest defendants to be found guilty of murder since James Bulger's killers.

The Sun calls the killing "tragic", while the Guardian says it's a case which shocked even the police. The Telegraph says the judge is now considering whether to lift the ban on identifying the two boys.

Two different studies on healthy eating feature on front pages this morning.

The Times says a diet designed to tackle environmental damage can lower your risk of premature death.

It says Harvard University found those following the "planetary health diet" most closely had better health outcomes, and their lifestyles resulted in 29 per cent lower greenhouse gas emissions.

But the Daily Telegraph reports on a study which found that ultra-processed vegan food can increase the risk of fatal heart disease.

The researchers in London and Sao Paulo say guidelines promoting plant-based diets should also advise avoiding all ultra-processed foods.

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