News digest 2 July 2014

News digest 2 July 2014

02 July 2014

Today’s digest opens with the latest from the Unite policy conference in Liverpool which gets coverage across the papers ranging from the Mirror which trails the focus on a new ‘army’ to challenge poverty pay, while the Mail and Telegraph talk of fears that Unite wants someone in the cabinet supporting working people (defying the logic of if you have a Department for Business why not also have a Department for Workers – or do they not want workers to have a voice) and the FT actually looks at policy, this time the subject of whether there should be an referendum on the UK’s EU membership (an item on today’s conference agenda). As ever, the Morning Star has comprehensive coverage of conference with a message of solidarity to Colombian trade unions, a shout out for the Shrewsbury pickets and a challenge to austerity-lite….

At the opposite end of the scale, the Guardian does focus on a leaked list of the billionaires that are bankrolling the Tories, with a list of some 449 attendees at a gala fundraising event last year. Some £5 million was estimated to have been raked in by the Tories as a result of the event, although the publication of the names may make this year’s fundraiser less lucrative (it’s on tonight – I would say have fun, but won’t). The Times has a good analysis of how the Tory war chest is three times the size of Labour, so remember this is not a fair fight (although it’s even worse for the Lib Dems which the Times says will fight the general election on a shoestring (and probably have all future meetings in a shoebox based on their dire poll ratings).

And the election will be fierce, and one that could see the end of the NHS as we know it if the Tories form the next government. Don’t say you weren’t warned, there’s a wake-up call for Labour in the Telegraph where Mary Riddell argues if the party can’t win on the NHS, then it is in intensive care, and Unite executive officer Sharon Graham – writing in the Morning Star - highlights how this is a fight we cannot afford to lose, you’ll miss it when its gone, so when the NHS turns 66 this Saturday make sure you celebrate by pledging to fight for its founding principles, put patients before profit and care before cuts…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star


  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Workers agree big pay strike (p2)
  • Miliband ‘average’ (p2)
  • Greggs on a roll (p44)
  • Trouble at Asda (p44)
  • Heathrow boss sorry over luggage delays (p44)
  • Tata uncompetitive (p44)
  • Ashely’s bonus blast (p44)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Superbugs threaten return to dark ages (p1)
  • Juncker revenge leaves Britain at risk of missing plum jobs (p2)
  • Tory war chest three times size of Labour’s (p8-9) – Unite cited
  • £25n bonus for welfare contractors that fail (p16)
  • State funding will save politicians from scandal – Rachel Sylvester (p25) – Unite cited
  • Industry booming (p35)
  • Bosses join fight against Ashley’s pay (p37)
  • HSBC fined (p41




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Pound hits six year dollar high (p1)
  • Labour peer says party lacks ‘story’ (p2)
  • Soaring output masks pain of weak productivity (p3)
  • Unite backs EU referendum (p4) – Len McCluskey cited
  • Conformist mediocrity will not win Labour votes – Maurice Glasman (p11)
  • Astra chief buys more of group’s shares (p16)
  • GM shakes off recall gloom (p19)

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