News digest 17 January 2014

News digest 17 January 2014

17 January 2014

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

·                Minimum wage to rise, but not to a living wage – Daily Mirror

·                Npower fat cat lands inland revenue job after company avoids tax bill – Daily Mirror

·                Ed Miliband's pitch is radical – but his party is stuck in 1997 – Polly Toynbee – Guardian

·                It may take the EU to save this country from Miliband’s agenda – Fraser Nelson - Telegraph

·                RIP: Roger Lloyd-pack: A wise, cultured, politically aware figure - Indie

The top story in all the papers is chancellor George Osborne’s call for an above inflation rise in the minimum wage. Coming days after the Con-Dem coalition voted against a rise, the chancellor’s intervention can simple be seen as a political intervention to try and undermine Labour leader Ed Miliband’s speech today; shows that the government is rattled about the cost of living crisis. Osborne called for an 11 per cent rise to £7 an hour next year, but a 69p increase is not enough. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “Hints of a rise in the minimum wage will do nothing for millions of ordinary working people gripped by Osborne’s cost of living crisis. People won’t be fooled by a Tory party that earlier this week voted in parliament against a rise in the national minimum wage. We need an immediate increase of £1.50 an hour to put money in people's pockets and ease the squeeze in living standards.” If the chancellor really believed that the minimum wage should rise he’d increase it immediately. Over to you Osborne…

Away from Osborne and there is a lot of coverage of the much trailed speech on the banking sector by Miliband. Miliband is expected to outline that he will fix ‘broken’ British banks with a pledge to create two major new lenders by 2020. The speech is also expected to cover the breakdown of trust in banks with the mis-selling crisis as well as the £56 billion drop in lending to business, but the main focus will be to outline how to deal more effectively with the cost of living crisis that has driven down living standards so strongly.

And many of the papers also feature the latest on Miliband’s plans regarding unions and the Labour party after rumours of a rift over the reforms emerged. A special executive discussing the plans will meet on 4 February before the proposals are discussed at the Excel Centre in London on 1 March. Let’s see what happens… 

And finally there are a number of tributes after the death of actor Roger Lloyd-Pack who was perhaps best known for playing Trigger in BBC series Only Fools and Horses, but should also be remembered as a strong campaigner who challenged the cuts to arts and the NHS and stood strong with the workers of Visteon sporting a ‘Fraud’ cap at the premiere of Made In Dagenham. RIP comrade…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  • Manchester’s top cop faces dock (p2)
  • Unite backs Tata chief in call for new cabinet role (p3) – Unite/Tony Burke cited
  • Birmingham uni staff walk out (p3) – Unite cited
  • Councils demand nuclear train safety probe after crash (p4)
  • Labour denies rumour of rift with unions (p4)
  • Gove academy defeat (p4)
  • Tata Steel bosses cave in (p5)

  Daily Mirror

  Sun  (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Roger Lloyd Pack dies (p1)
  • Osborne wages war (p2)
  • 500 BA staff off ill at xmas (p7)
  • Miliband vow to cut unions’ vote powers (p14)



  Times  (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Osborne’s £7 wage ploy puts Labour on the spot (p1)
  • Benefit fraud rises (p2)
  • Miliband’s party reform talks failing, says union (p2) – Unite cited
  • Goldman facing exodus unless it beats bonus cap (p42)
  • Hospital owners pledge to fight forced disposals (p44)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Chancellor calls for minimum wage rise (p1)
  • Forces cuts challenged (p2)
  • Ukip puts pressure on Tories over Europe (p3)
  • Regulator urges sale of hospitals (p4)
  • M&A enters mix for US spirits market (p17)
  • Strong Bovis sales underline scale of recovery in housebuilding (p20) 

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