News digest 13 June 2014

News digest 13 June 2014

13 June 2014

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

·                Government starstruck – Mail

·                Theresa May loses her passport to Tory leadership - Guardian

·                IDS aide accused of threatening charity - Indie

·                Food bank told ‘shut up or be closed’ by Whitehall - Mirror

·                Nigel Farage faces new questions over European expenses - Guardian

The Mail opens the digest with an attack on prime minister David Cameron and foreign secretary William Hague accusing them of gallivanting around as Iraq implodes, Russian tanks roll into Ukraine and schools and the passport office are in crisis. Cameron apparently ignored what was going on in the world and went to a trendy celeb packed restaurant, obviously he forgot to invite the editor… Anyways, after days of the Gove vs May spat the Trojan Horse row seems to be dying down, but the Passport Office row remains in the headlines with most of them not good for the home secretary. The Guardian sums it up most succinctly with the line: “Theresa May loses her passport to Tory leadership” so it seems that the ‘nasty’ part of the Tory party is back in the ascendant…

And the front page of the Morning Star shows the nasty party at work where the Welsh secretary Tory David Jones is refusing to apologise after calling a bedroom tax campaigner a “liar” after the campaigner said he was not a member of the Labour party. In fact the campaigner, Chris Caruna, is a disabled army veteran who left the army after being shot in the chest and has never belonged to any party. The minister should apologise.

And from nasty to nastier and a senior aide of work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith was accused of threatening to ‘shut down’ the Trussell Trust, Britain’s main provider of food banks after what the aide called the “politicisation of poverty”. This follows on just days from threat to Oxfam over a campaign on poverty levels, so not only has Iain Duncan Smith moved the poverty goalposts by reclassifying the definition, he now wants to shut down any perceived attempt to alleviate the misery his failed policies – and there are many of them – are creating. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey quoted in the Mirror sums up the latest move by IDS’ minions as “shockingly sinister”, IDS should go…

And also possibly off, and to jail of all places is Ukip leader Nigel Farage. The man who tries to be the anti-politics politician could face up to a year behind bars for failing to declare over £200,000 worth of support in breach of election laws. Farage denies any wrongdoing and claims he was misadvised over the upkeep of his constituency office, not sure that would stand up in court, and sadly no papers run with the ‘Farage on the fiddle’ headline, but then after a rash of stories of frolics with aides, copious drinking, wining and dining we’ve now got the financial scandal to add to the mix, Farage is looking more of a typical Tory than ever…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Threat to cabs (p6)
  • Osborne launches mortgage cap plan (p9)
  • Farage on jail threat over donations (p16)
  • Iraq fears push oil price up (p64)
  • World Cup to boost economy (p64)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Farage faces jail threat (p1)
  • Cameron’s MEPs join Merkel’s enemies (p8)
  • Labour in late bid to win back business (p17)
  • Crude price soars (p43)
  • Aer Lingus admits damage from strike threats (p46)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Carney sets stage for earlier rate rise (p1)
  • Labour big beasts warn Miliband over business (p1)
  • BoE gains fresh legal powers to curb lending (p2)
  • Coalition warned on pensions (p3)
  • Report warned May of passport surge (p4)
  • Analysis: Labour and the City (p9)
  • Mitsubishi takes fights to rivals (p18)
  • Lloyds in low cost homes support (p210

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