News digest 24 September 2013

News digest 24 September 2013

24 September 2013

Many of the the papers continue to focus on the terror attack in Kenya with shocking pictures and general coverage of the massacre which saw 62 shoppers killed - including six Britons - in the Nairobi shopping mall.

Back in the UK and on the political front the focus remains on the Labour party conference where yesterday’s flagship speech was by shadow chancellor Ed Balls laying out a number of pledges ahead of today’s keynote address by Labour leader Ed Miliband. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey moved the union’s motion on ‘new rights, new freedoms’ saying: “Trade unionists are the people in this land who create the wealth of our nation and who are responsible for the very fabric of the civilised communities in which we live. And everyone in this party, everyone should be proud of our link with them through their trade unions. Our duty is to set our vision of how we will rebuild our country in government. To give back dignity and a sense of fair play at work; and not to allow the ruling elite to succeed in their race to the bottom – dragging us backwards in time.” As well as the economy the Labour conference yesterday also addressed Britain’s global role, the need for stability and prosperity and plans for business and industry, today starts with the treasurer’s report followed by housing and local government, followed by living standards and then Ed Miliband’s flagship address to conference will be this afternoon, delegates await…

Away from Brighton and there is some comment on the Tories from the business sector, and for once Willie Walsh may be talking some sense after a number of papers report on him taking the government to task over its economic policy. Walsh says that prime minister David Cameron and chancellor George Osborne “lack vision” and have failed to set out a long term growth plan for the UK economy and are instead reacting to ‘topical’ events. Sound like a fair summation of Tories playing politics with the country without a care for the real impact on ordinary people, the sooner we get rid of them the better…

 Morning Star

  • Smash the pay freeze (p1)
  • [Grangemouth] refinery ballot still on despite threats (p2) – Unite/Pat Rafferty cited
  • Delegates applaud McCluskey speech (p2) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited/pictured
  • GMB: Deny blacklisters contracts (p3)
  • Umunna promises minimum wage fight (p2)
  • Scrapping gas tanks leaves Britain ’15 days from disaster’ (p4)
  • High street shops still using Bangladeshi ‘slave factories’ (p4)
  • Experts tear up Tory claims about fire-fighters’ pensions (p5)

 Daily Mirror

 Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Mali massacre (p1/4-5)
  • Unite boss snubbed (p2) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Labour at Brighton (p2)
  • Police ‘must probe McBride’s PM leaks’ (p6)
  • Brits hit by Centrica gas switch (p38)
  • Blackberry sold (p38)
  • Collapsed AB Barr Britvic merger costs £5 million in fees (p38)



 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Balls threat to ditch HS2 (p1/4-7)
  • Mali victims named (p1)
  • Memoirs done Labour a favour, claims McBride (p14-15)
  • Union leaves table empty in snub for Miliband (p14) - Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Ed haunted by ghosts of politics past – Rachel Sylvester (p27)
  • Former sub-prime boss returns to lead bid for RBS branches (p44)




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Blackberry sold for $4.7 billion (p1)
  • Miliband earmarks corporation tax increase (p1)
  • Tories on attack over McBride (p2)
  • Labour signals HS2 U-turn (p3)
  • Warning of jobs risk if Heathrow closed (p4)
  • Miliband the dreamer needs Balls the pragmatists – Janan Ganesh (p13)
  • Centrica cancels gas facility plans (p18)AG Barr profits down (p20)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

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