News digest 11 March 2014

News digest 11 March 2014

11 March 2014

Today’s top reads: Stories to keep an eye out for:

·                Cameron to fast track NHS sell-off - Mirror

·                Move to block hospital closures law backed by 20 coalition MPs - Guardian

·                MPs, support the care bill and it will come back to bite you – Polly Toynbee

·                RMT statement on Bob Crow

Today’s digest opens with a day of action to stop Cameron wrecking the NHS. MPs will vote on the now infamous Clause 119 which could see hospitals in England be closed in 40 days without proper consultation. People will gather outside the House of Commons this morning ahead of tonight’s vote on the clause which could see the secretary of state close hospitals on a whim with no local input or care for the wider community. Polly Toynbee in the Guardian warns MPs that their jobs could be on the line if they back the clause, while the Mirror says Cameron is fast tracking the NHS for a quick sell off. Unite head of health Rachael Maskell said: "No decision about me, without me', is what the government promised when it forced through the Health and Social Care Act in 2012 against the views of clinicians and NHS campaigners alike. Now it wants to rush through hospital closures in 40 days with only one clinically focused meeting. It could be dismissed as bonkers if it wasn't so dangerous. The government must scrap clause 119 of the Care Bill and talk to the clinical experts. MPs and peers have had the wool pulled over their eyes once already with the Health and Social Care Act, they should not let themselves be fooled again." There are three things you can do, email your MP, call your MP, or get down to parliament and do it in person, more details on the campaign to get clause 119 out of the NHS.

In breaking news the RMT has reported that its general secretary Bob Crow died in the early hours of this morning, at the age of 52. The RMT website stated: “It is with the deepest regret that RMT has to confirm that our general secretary Bob Crow sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning. The union’s offices will be closed for the rest of the day and the union will make further announcements in due course. The media have been asked to respect the privacy of Bob’s friends and family at this difficult and distressing time.” All thoughts with family and friends, RIP comrade.

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  • MP tells ministers to go and meet bedroom  tax victims (p2)
  • Report in to Con-Dems health crisis to be launched (p2)- Unite cited
  • Balls: Joi9n jobs scheme or lose benefits cash (p3)
  • Islington excludes blacklisting firms (p3)
  • Devon council to axe 170 vital youth workers (p4)
  • Public workers in worse state than private (p4)

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Ian Lavery race row (p7)
  • Lost plane (p12-13)
  • Kipling to ditch ‘exceedingly good’ tagline (p19)
  • Banana firm to merge (p41)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Anger and dismay over missing jet (p1)
  • Job prospects looking brightest since 2008 (p6)
  • Who is the real Nigel Farage? (p18-19)
  • More ONS data errors (p37)
  • Fyffes and Chiquita team up (p39)
  • Public sector pay still leads despite cuts (p40)
  • Gatwick offers cash to back second runway (p45)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Balls targets bonuses and top property for £6 billion tax raid (p1)
  • Fyffes and Chiquita merge (p1)
  • Outsource group wins deal to run military bases (p2)
  • City on alert for Labour’s political reckoning (p3)
  • Public sector pay slightly less than in private sector (p4)
  • Imperial fires up e-cigarette legal battle (p15)
  • Unilever snaps up Qinyuan (p16)
  • VW chief warns over Big Brother vehicles data (p19)
  • Co-op to push for higher bonuses (p20)

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