News digest 24 October 2014

News digest 24 October 2014

24 October 2014

The top story in today’s digest is a double pronged media push featuring Unite general secretary Len McCluskey. First Len was interviewed by Becky Millington on BBC Radio 4 PM programme where – over lunch - he outlined what drives his politics, his background and family, his thoughts on the Labour leader and the threat from Ukip. You can listen again here: Len was also one of the guests on a turbocharged Question Time where he damned the addiction to austerity, damned the privatisation of the NHS, slammed zero hours contracts and the recovery which benefited the rich bit was for plain to see made no difference to the lives of ordinary working people who are stuck in a cycle of “working harder and getting poorer” while bosses at the top offer themselves ever higher pay. Watch Len on BBC IPlayer here:  

In other political news the Indie says Labour leader Ed Miliband has a ‘big new idea’ namely that he will toughen the party’s stance on immigration [dancing to Ukip leader Farage’s tune may not be the best idea], Ken Livingstone in the Mirror says Miliband should commit to building a better Britain and outlines how, conversely prime minister David Cameron has a headache not only on the by-election trail, but also from Brussels which is demanding an extra €2bn from the UK as the EU budget is rejigged [why not tax all those MPs who are making more cash from their extra-parliamentary business] and the nasty party is still at it with more coverage of Tebbitt’s comments and news that Andrew ‘Plebgate’ Mitchell has previously had ’16 other run-ins’ with police officers and there’s also coverage over the NHS spat as election battle lines are drawn up.

On the business front St Mungo’s Broadway is still under pressure after the boss awarded himself a big pay rise while slashing the salaries of staff on the front line, the staff ended the seven day strike yesterday but more action is on the cards unless the chief of the charity changes tack. Elsewhere the economy may not be as strong as expected as slowing high street sales and poor wages impact growth, Tesco is in severe trouble, Foxtons shares have also fallen, but there’s good news for the Wonga founder who walks off with £17 million in shares shortly after quitting. If ever there’s an example of how upside down society has become under the Con-Dem coalition that’s it and while we have the austerity addiction that won’t change, don’t believe me, even Jeremy Warner in the Telegraph says “Osborne can’t balance Britain’s books”, proof it is time to end the austerity experiment and kick out the Con-Dems…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Mitchell’s 16 rows with PCs (p2)
  • EU’s £1.7bn bill for recovery (p6)
  • Len’s jibe at Ed (p2) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Tesco boss quits (p8)
  • 9,000 face Lloyds axe (p65)
  • Foxton’s shares crash (p65)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • EU orders Britain to pay £1.7bn surcharge (p1)
  • Tesco pays high price (p4)
  • Miliband is replaceable (p14) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • 20 MPs make more than £100K from extra work (p26)
  • To save the NHS we must let Mrs Smith run it – Philip Collins (p33)
  • City dumps Tesco (p47)
  • Lending slump (p49)
  • Fourfold rise in insider trading claims (p53)
  • Debenham’s waits for wage rises to reach shoppers (p55)




  T (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Brussels demands more from UK (p1)
  • Tesco chair quits (p1)
  • SFO seeks extra cash (p4)
  • Rail passengers at highest level since 1923 (p4)
  • NHS report sparks war of words (p4)
  • Weaker date points to cooling growth (p4)
  • The forces set to overturn the British order – Philip Stephens (p11)
  • Taxi app worries Addison Lee bidders (p16)
  • GM profits pick up (p16)
  • Stobart groups sees red on debt fees (p21)

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