Newspaper headlines: Transgender advice for schools and Earps 'England's No 1' – BBC

The Times leads with a warning that elderly people "will bear the brunt of strikes at Christmas", with junior doctors in England beginning a new walkout on Wednesday. The paper says Age UK is among groups to have raised fears that hospitals will find it "extremely difficult" to keep elderly patients safe. The paper highlights the decision by Cheltenham General Hospital to close its emergency department for the duration of the strike, and another planned in the New Year, because of what it calls "the scale of disruption".
The Daily Telegraph reports that US officials are drawing up plans for military strikes against Houthi sites in Yemen, in response to attacks by the group against Israeli-linked cargo ships in the Red Sea. The Telegraph says the situation has already led to a jump in the price of crude oil, which will be passed on to consumers, while Christmas deliveries from China and other Asian countries are likely to be delayed as ships divert around the Cape of Good Hope.
The Guardian says pressure on Israel is rising as the number of deaths in Gaza nears 20,000. The paper says the death toll and the grim conditions for nearly two million people displaced from their homes is fuelling growing international anger, even among Israel's close allies. Israel's military says Hamas is responsible for all civilian casualties, by using Gazans as human shields.
The debate around assisted dying, after Dame Esther Rantzen's BBC interview was broadcast on the Today programme on Tuesday morning, is the lead in the Daily Mirror. Her daughter, Rebecca Wilcox, tells the paper she is horrified at the thought of her mother, who has lung cancer, flying to Switzerland to die alone at the Dignitas clinic. The paper says Dame Esther's family back her call for a free vote in parliament on legalising assisted dying. Ms Wilcox says: "I don't want her to die. I certainly don't want her to go alone."
The Daily Mail leads on what it calls a "crack down" by ministers on the spread of gender ideology in schools in England. Writing in the paper, the equalities minister, Kemi Badenoch, says she believes the guidance, published on Tuesday, will protect young people and "remove the ambiguity and uncertainly currently plaguing schools". Ms Badenoch goes on to say: "There will be some who think this guidance is too strong… there will also be some who want the guidance to go further." Her response: "This government does not duck the hard questions or the difficult issues."
The i reports that British intelligence officers have raised security concerns about the very building they work from. The paper says it has learned that a penthouse overlooking the London headquarters of the Secret Intelligence Services, or MI6, is owned by Russians, and that occupants have an "unimpeded view" of UK spies going to and from work.
And the crowning of the England goalkeeper Mary Earps as the BBC Sports Personality of the Year receives much front page coverage. The Guardian describes her as "England's Number 1 World Cup star". For Tthe Daily Express, she is "Mary, queen of SPOTY". "In safe hands," declares Tthe Daily Mirror.
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