The fate of embattled politician Priti Patel dominates the front pages on Thursday after the MP resigned from her position as International Development Secretary.
The Daily Telegraph describes it as “another crisis” for Theresa May’s Government, coming just a week after the resignation of Sir Michael Fallon as Defence Secretary.
The paper says that Mrs May will face “intense scrutiny” over Ms Patel’s successor, following a backlash over her decision to appoint Gavin Williamson as a replacement for Sir Michael.
The Times reports that the loss of a second cabinet member in a week has left Brussels “braced” for the fall of Mrs May before the new year.
The paper says Ms Patel’s resignation has heightened fears among European Union leaders that the instability of Mrs May’s Government could lead to a change of leadership or elections.
Concerns over a “weakened” Government are also picked up by the i, which reports how the PM is “battling to maintain stability” and could still face further losses as a Cabinet Office investigation into the behaviour of First Secretary of State Damian Green continues.
The Guardian, meanwhile, says Mrs May’s “turmoil” is growing, as she faces another reshuffle that will “create disruption and add to the instability across Whitehall and Westminster”, while the Daily Mirror describes “chaotic scenes” as she summoned Ms Patel back from a trip to Africa.
In a separate story that has rocked the political world, the Daily Mail reports on the death of Welsh former minister Carl Sargeant, claiming he was “thrown to the wolves”.
According to the paper, Labour leaders were accused of failing Mr Sargeant, who was facing claims of sexual misconduct at the time of his death, as his family said they had warned the party over his fragile mental state.
Elsewhere, The Sun carries the story of a group of hospital kitchen staff – nicknamed The Catering Girls – who scooped a £25 million jackpot on the lottery.