A picture of one of the freed Israeli hostages embracing her father after 8 months in captivity, features on many of the front pages.

The Sunday Times calls the image “a photograph that restored hope to a nation”. It says the Israeli rescue operation has given an “increasingly isolated and despairing nation… its greatest morale boost in months”. She’s free! declares the Mail on Sunday.

The inside of the Sunday Mirror carries pictures of all four of the hostages who were rescued, with the headline “free at last”.

Rishi Sunak has told the Sun on Sunday that his plan to change the benefits system will save £12bn a year. He says failing to deal with the challenges facing it will lead to “a huge waste in human potential, an increased benefits bill and higher taxes”.

The Sunday Telegraph picks up on a different Tory election pledge. It says the party would ensure climate targets take into account the cost to households.

Energy Secretary Clare Coutinho tells the paper that Labour’s plan to decarbonise the electricity grid by 2030 would “risk blackouts”. The paper does not carry a response from Labour.

The Observer has more detail about Labour’s plan to open “80 new rape courts” in England and Wales. It says the party would use them to fast track cases to tackle the backlog. The paper says Labour would also introduce “specialist rape units in every police force”.

“Farage: We’re now ‘real’ opposition” is the headline in the Sunday Express. In a scathing interview, the Reform UK leader says the Tories cannot be the opposition if Labour wins the election because they “spend their whole life arguing with each other”. He also calls the party “snobby”.

The Mail on Sunday leads with an update on the search for Michael Mosley. It says divers have been hunting for the missing TV health expert in a “dangerous cave complex known as the Abyss”. The paper says there are fears he could be trapped in the cave’s “endless” underwater tunnel system.

“Our pain” says the front page of the Sun – alongside a picture of Dr Mosley with his arm round his wife, Clare. The Express has pictures of rescue teams and volunteers scouring the cliffs for the broadcaster with the headline: “Desperate family join search for TV doctor in scorching 40 Celsius heat”.

Several of the papers marvel at Taylor Swift’s performance – and costume changes – in Edinburgh. “The Swifties’ squeals can be heard in the Outer Hebrides” says the Mail. There’s yet more praise in the Times. The paper’s reporter says “She made my daughter so happy she cried – now I’m a Swiftie for life”.



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