News digest 1 September 2014

News digest 1 September 2014

01 September 2014

top reads: Stories to keep an eye out for:

·                Tories face Clacton wipeout - Express

·                100 Tory MPs ‘will call for EU exit’ - Mail

·                Cameron’s preying on our terrorism fear – Kevin Maguire - Mirror

·                More energy will win Labour election - Indie

·                Labour urges Clegg to back MPs bid to bin bedroom tax - Mirror

The digest opens with the return of parliament and Westminster is awash with talk of the forthcoming Clacton by-election after a shock Survation poll gave Ukip a massive lead. Prime minister David Cameron is trying various tactics to shift the agenda, on top of the talk on terror and barring jihadis from returning to the country [how easy will that be with the UK’s porous borders?] he is also railing against his Nato allies saying they should spend more on defence, could he be looking at another war to divert attention from domestic troubles? Let’s hope not as we all know how that will end {badly].  

Worryingly for Cameron Europe still remain high on the agenda, and it is not fears over hostilities between Ukraine and Russia becoming a wider war [although the situation is worsening on the ground], but more Tory MPs planning on calling for the UK’s exit from the EU. The Times even reports that chancellor George Osborne is considering a UK exit, but that is more likely his positioning for the Tory leadership.

And it is not all rosy for the Labour leader, who is told (by Chuka Umunna) that he needs to show more energy and teamwork, and even mentions unity [although I’m not sure giving a general interview is the best way of going about it]. More worrying for Labour is the FT piece that talks of polls pointing to political deadlock between Labour and the Tories, could that open the door for an anti-party party [like Ukip]? The FT does say Labour needs to beware Ukip’s advance.  

What is needed is concrete policies that challenge the Con-Dem coalition, with many of the papers reporting that gas prices are three times what firms pay the energy price freeze may be a one step on the way, but there’s much more to do. The Guardian reports on growing poverty and inequality in schools [time to challenge free schools] although the Sun says Iain Duncan Smith wants to provide free boarding schools for the poorest children [knowing this lot expect them to be modelled on borstal rather than Eton], but there is one step that can be taken as Labour this week will challenge deputy prime minister Nick Clegg to cast off his conservative chains and back a bill by one of his own Lib Dem MPs to abolish the hated bedroom tax, Labour will back the private members’ bill this Friday, for once there’s a chance for the Lib Dems to do the honourable thing…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star – Not delivered

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Top Tory: Give Ukip Clacton walkover (p2)
  • Free boarding school for poorest kids (p2)
  • Tory turncoat could open Ukip floodgates – Trevor Kavanagh (p8)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Reclaim our borders, PM warned (p1)
  • Labour needs more energy to ensure Miliband victory (p2)
  • Osborne ponders British EU exit (p8-9)
  • This power hungry speaker must be sacked – Melanie Phillips (p24)
  • RAC to float (p35)
  • Heathrow celebrates CBI ‘support’ (p37)



·         David Cameron gives spy agencies power to vet airline flight lists (p1)

·         Welcome to Sellafield, the last bastion of affordable house prices (p3)

·         Rona Fairhead becomes surprise BBC Trust chair choice (p3)

·         Tories should give Ukip free run in Clacton, MP suggests (p6)

·         Liberal Democrats seek to ban 'unabated' coal power (p6)

·         Gordon Brown blamed for Labour's lost credibility on economy (p7)

·         Poverty inquiry finds growing inequality in schools (p9)

·         CBI appears to back Heathrow over Gatwick for airport expansion (p18)

·         Leading oil industrialist accuses BP of spurning its lead role in the North Sea (p18)

·         Co-op Group needs new top-class chairman and CEO, warns Lord Myners (p18)

·         UK companies remain confident about economic outlook (p20)


  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Business attacks complacent Berlin (p1)
  • Poll points to political deadlock (p2)
  • Fall in export orders hits recovery (p4)
  • Rising energy costs stir concern (p4)
  • Labour cannot be complacent about Ukip’s advance – Matthew Goodwin (p11)
  • GM seeks heads start on safety gadget (p17)
  • Co-op members back board restructure (p21)

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