News digest 26 February 2014

News digest 26 February 2014

26 February 2014

Watch from last night: Unite general secretary Len McCluskey on last night’s BBC Newsnight

Watch live later: At 16:00 today Len McCluskey will be speaking on ‘Putting the hope back into Britain’. With the economy still stalled and the country still depressed, Britain needs to rediscover optimism about the future – both in terms of policies that can give people a guarantee of jobs and homes, and  a vision of a better society. Speaking to Cambridge students at the Wynstanley Lecture Hall at  Trinity College, Cambridge, Len McCluskey will explain what both trade unions and students can contribute. The event will be live streamed on the web, watch Len’s address here: .

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

·                Len McCluskey on last night’s BBC Newsnight

·                Red Len: We’re tightening our grip on Labour - Mail

·                Unite takes Ineos to court – Morning Star

·                Tories ‘party for workers’ – Mirror

·                One man’s hunger fight – Real Britain Ros with Unite – Mirror

·                Rough sleepers soar by 37 per cent - Indie

·                Diary: Don't count on IDS. Figures just aren't his thing – Guardian

·                Almost three-quarters of people fear living standards will fall in old age - Guardian

Today’s digest opens with coverage of Len McCluskey’s Newsnight interview looking at links between unions and Labour and getting more people involved in the party and to actively engage with the party and in politics as a whole. Len also defended Unite over allegations on Falkirk, outlining that Police Scotland have made it clear that there was ‘no wrongdoing’ by Unite, and it should be noted that Unite will take Ineos to court over refusing to hand over details about the source of leaked confidential details. Len also focused on what Labour should do in government – saying the party should govern alone – and deliver a progressive programme that appeals to working people right across the country.

And talking of working people, the Tories yesterday embarked on a rebranding exercise deciding that they would rename themselves as ‘the Worker’s Party’, yes really. The Mirror notes this comes after five old Etonians were writing the Tories next election manifesto. Tory chairman Grant Shapps is quoted as giving a “bizarre” speech in the Morning Star and even worse he repeated prime minister David Cameron’s howler that “we are not here to defend privilege – we are here to spread it.” “Typical Tory tosh..

Sadly the Tories are dividing Britain between the rich and the rest of us. Not so much spreading privilege rather poverty and despair. The Indie reports that rough sleepers have soared by 37 per cent under the coalition, Guardian society argues that food poverty shames the government and Real Britain Ros in the Mirror reports on one man’s fight to highlight hunger across the country. While Hugh Muir takes pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith to task over his numbers, the Guardian also reports that three quarters of people fear living standards will fall in old age, this is the real result of four years of the party of privilege being in power, it’s time the Con-Dem coalition was booted out, preferably with a steel toe-capped DM…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • IRA blast suspect freed (p8-9)
  • Miliband shake-up to boost Red Len (p2) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • No more perks for richest pensioners (p4)
  • Tesco price war (p21)
  • Builders in boom (p38)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • IRA bomb suspect freed after ‘catastrophic’ error (p1)
  • Problems for Peter Bone MP (p9)
  • Tories accused of faking working class credentials (p12)
  • Harman hits back (p16)
  • Unite rejects Lib-Lab pact (p16) – Unite cited
  • Cameron would be mad to rule out a coalition – Daniel Finkelstein (p23)
  • Tesco undercut by Asda (p35)
  • Think big, CBI advises small companies (p37)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Credit Suisse ‘helped US tax evaders’ (p1)
  • Osborne under pressure to cut taxes (p1)
  • Concern at visa auction plan (p2)
  • Private groups invited to help NHS buy services (p2)
  • Ladbrokes profits decline (p15)
  • Tesco so slow down expansion (p16)
  • Barclays to quit power trading (p18) 

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