Newspaper headlines: 'Tory rebellion' as Sunak 'brings axe down on HS2' – BBC

The Times reports that Rishi Sunak is likely to announce the scrapping of HS2 from Birmingham to Manchester, in his party conference speech tomorrow. The Guardian says an emergency Cabinet meeting will be held at the conference to approve what it calls "the biggest infrastructure climbdown in a generation". The i reports Northern Powerhouse Rail links to Liverpool and Hull may also be at risk because its construction is reliant on parts of HS2. Meanwhile the Daily Mail quotes a Conservative source as saying Mr Sunak is "ready to have the argument" about the issue, as he is making sure the government is not just "throwing good money after bad".
The Daily Telegraph reports that Health Secretary Steve Barclay will announce plans to ban transgender women from female hospital wards in England. Under the changes, trans patients would be housed in separate accommodation to bring back what Mr Barclay describes as a "common sense" approach to sex and equality within the NHS. The paper says he also plans for a return of "sex-specific" language – expelling terms such as "chestfeeding" instead of "breastfeeding", and guidance referring to pregnant "people" rather than women.
The Times says police could soon be given full access to Britain's passport database, to help catch thieves and shoplifters. It quotes Crime and Policing Minister Chris Philp as saying footage from CCTV or doorbell technology would be compared against facial images to help officers find a match "at the click of a button". The Guardian says civil liberties groups have described the plans as "authoritarian". It quotes one campaign group warning it would be "Orwellian" to have police scan people's faces and trawl through their personal information as they go to buy a pint of milk.
The Financial Times says that the head of the IMF has backed reforms that could give Beijing more voting power in the fund. In an interview, Kristalina Georgieva tells the paper the institution should represent changes in the global economy – which include the rise of China. The country has been criticised by creditors for hampering debt relief deals – and the paper says the US – the IMF's largest shareholder – has signalled it would veto an expansion of Beijing's voting rights.
The i reports that up to 200,000 people will be regularly tested as part of a major Covid study aimed at tracking the spread of the virus this winter. It says the survey will involve 32,000 lateral flow tests a week being sent out to volunteers. The study – led by the UK Health and Security Agency and the Office for National Statistics – will run from November to March, and operate in a similar way to a previous ONS study which was scrapped.
And the Mirror carries a study about how daily tea drinkers could be reducing their chances of developing Type-2 diabetes by 28%. It quotes the findings from Adelaide University but points out a weakness – most in the study drank a healthier type of Chinese "dark tea" rather than the black tea with milk that Britons consume. Nevertheless, the paper claims there's "Diabe-TEAs hope".
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