The Papers: Starmer NHS pledge and MP anger over eco-protests

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has told the Daily Telegraph that the NHS is “broken”. He points to Labour research that suggests a fifth of A&E patients go to hospital because they cannot get a GP appointment – and criticises what he calls the “collapse of general practice”.

Speaking to the i, Sir Keir says a Labour government would reintroduce Tony Blair-style targets to improve waiting times – meaning hospitals and ambulance services “would be taken to task” if they do not see or treat patients within an expected time frame.

The foreign secretary has told the Guardian that the UK must not “pull the shutters down” on China – because it would be counterproductive to the national interest.

In what the paper calls a “warning to Conservative hawks”, James Cleverly says Britain cannot simply treat Beijing as either a threat or an opportunity, but must take a more nuanced approach. “If we don’t engage, we lose influence”, he says.

The Daily Mirror is sceptical about plans announced…

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