News digest 29 October 2013

News digest 29 October 2013

29 October 2013

Today’s digest covers storms, exits and energy. The top story in many of the papers was yesterday’s storm which sadly took the lives of at least five people in the UK and continues to wreak havoc across Europe. The total cost is estimated at some £4 billion with hundreds of thousands of people affected by tree damage, collapsed buildings and cranes, power cuts and transport chaos, but the worst seems to be over…

And over in Grangemouth, Unite convenor Stephen Deans yesterday resigned from the company after he expressed the view that, in spite of his long and loyal service, management now treated him as the “enemy within”. Stephen Deans told the Unite membership in the plant that: “Ineos Grangemouth is now entering a new period, and my own situation would only prove to be a distraction, and would cast a shadow over what we all must hope will be a prosperous long-term future for the plant.”

And that brings in the final issue which is energy prices rises and costs. As the heads of the big six energy firms are called to give evidence in front of parliament’s energy committee over price rises, so far, four companies have announced increases that average 9.1 per cent and they are expected to .blame the rise on increasing wholesale prices. The news is not good for the government as the Indie points to 80 per cent of people backing Labour’s pledge to freeze prices, and Labour’s lead has advanced to 8 per cent, looks like a chill for prime minister David Cameron is working its way through Westminster…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

 Morning Star

  • Thousands of skilled jobs ‘at risk’ (p1)
  • Murdoch toadies face court (p2)
  • Deans quits refinery job (p3)
  • New gas price rise scam exposed (p3)
  • Four killed in St Jude’s day storm (p4)
  • Thameslink project could take 30 years (p5)

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Refinery strike chief in probe quits (p2) – Unite cited
  • Storms (p4-5)
  • G4S no to cash arm bid (p38)
  • Apple profits slump (p38)
  • Letters: Grangemouth (p39) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited


  • New deadly storm on way (p1-3)
  • Energy firms not telling truth ion bills (p)
  • We need to teach job skills, says cameron (p4)
  • Unite vote-rigging row official quits (p7)
  • NHS hires foreign nurses to beat staff crisis (p23)
  • G4S won’t cash in on offer for ATM arm (p58)
  • Recovery fears as sales stall (p59)


  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Briton hacked US secrets (p1)
  • Prove you are not ripping us off energy firms told (p4)
  • Tax raid on Swiss accounts is £2.5 billion light (p4)
  • Union rep quits refinery job (p18) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • NHS payoff scandal could cost cameron dear – Rachel Sylvester (p23)
  • Thameslink fiasco ‘likely to drag on for another decade’ (p35)




  • Jobs for Britons, not immigrants (p1)
  • Storm chaos (p2-5)
  • Even banks are more popular than energy giants, poll finds (p10)
  • UK launches sharia bond (b1)
  • Apple sales hit (b1)
  • New fears over Thameslink delay (b4)
  • Fuel squeeze threatening UK factories(b5)

  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Osborne to launch Islamic bond plan (p1)
  • Energy chiefs face grilling (p2)
  • Expect calls for higher pay rises if recovery picks up (p3) – Unite cited
  • EADS to axe jobs (p17)
  • G4S faces divestment challenges (p23)