What the papers say – September 21

The ongoing energy crisis leads many of Tuesday’s papers.

A collection of British newspapers
A collection of British newspapers

The rising cost of energy – and the potential impact on firms and household bills – is splashed across the national front pages.

The Times leads on ministers rejecting the idea of bailing out energy firms which are on the brink of administration.

The Daily Telegraph takes a different angle, featuring calls from the energy sector that a price cap must be abolished with minister Kwasi Kwarteng under pressure as the wholesale price of gas reached record highs.

And The Guardian leads with 10 Downing Street being warned that hundreds of thousands of people could face a “very, very difficult” winter amid fears of gaps on supermarket shelves and a three-day week for factories.

The i writes the crisis will run up the cost of living, and taxpayers will be forced to foot the bill for energy firms going bust with the Government favouring state-backed loans to support the industry.

Mr Kwarteng’s insistence there is “no question of the lights going out” over the winter leads the Financial Times.

Ministers vowing to shield people from “crippling fuel bills” feature in the Daily Express, while the Daily Mirror covers the “power struggle”.

The Daily Star also has a take on the gas crisis, writing “we’re set to run out of pork, lamb, chicken and turkey in just days” with its headline riffing on the Vera Lynn war-time song.

Elsewhere, the deaths of a mother, her two children and their school friend in Derbyshire lead Metro.

The Daily Mail writes the Prime Minister has put pressure on GPs to offer more face-to-face consultations.

And Mr Johnson saying a UK-US free trade deal will not be a priority for Washington leads The Independent.

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