News digest 6 June 2014

News digest 6 June 2014

06 June 2014

So now we know the reason that Ukip leader Nigel Farage was frolicking in Malta as the main political news of the morning is that the Tories have won the Newark by-election with a 7,000 majority down from some 16,000 at the general election, while Ukip came second and Labour was third. The Lib Dems were relegated to a slack sixth place barely able to scrape 1,000 votes. The new MP or man from Newark is Robert Jenrick, I’m sure there’s a crossword clue/anagram challenge there…

And while the Tories may try to claim some credit from the win, the reality is that the party is increasingly looking riddled with infighting as prime minister David Cameron has personally taken charge of the row between education secretary Michael Gove and home secretary Theresa May, both of whom are really just jostling for the post-Cameron Crown. And it could all be too much for foreign secretary William Hague whom the Times says has hinted at retiring, probably to spend more time with his money on the lecture circuit.

There’s also the issue of Europe, with Philip Collins saying the Tory split on Europe can’t be reconciled, and that’s not forgetting the Tory split with Europe over Jean Claude Junker with the embattled frontrunner for the EU top job launching an angry broadside against Cameron-led opposition to him taking the role, former health secretary Andrew Lansley could be lined up to be the UK’s next commissioner, with what he’s done to the NHS, imagine the damage he could wreak on the EU…

And the EU is facing pressure on the economic front as the front page of the FT, and most other papers, focus on the dramatic shift to negative interest rates by the European Central Bank. With the eurozone in danger of entering a prolonged deflationary period, the ECB is considering more radical action to kick start the economy and spur some growth, let’s hope it works or the UK recovery may also peter out…

And the other main news story is the commemoration for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings with all the papers focusing on the fallen and the fight against fascism as Operation Overlord saw some 156,000 allied troops land on French soil. With 10,000 casualties on the first day, it would be 11 more months before the second world war came to an eventual end…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • EU interest rates slashed (p2)
  • Cameron to sort out minister’s bust up (p2)
  • D-Day 70 years on (p8-9)
  • SOS from Asos (p57)
  • TSB staff say yes (p57)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • The new battle for Europe (p1)
  • Farage denies giving up on Newark race (p20(p)
  • Obama wants a united Britain (p4)
  • Hague hints at retiring (p7)
  • D-Day anniversary (p9-10)
  • Care staff win £600K pay for travel time (p17)
  • The Tory split on Europe can’t be reconciled – Philip Collins (p25)
  • Founders condemn Morrisons chiefs (p37)
  • Draghi holds QE in reserve (p39)
  • M&S chief accepts 26% pay cut (p43)
  • TSB reveals Lewis style pay scheme (p44)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Draghi in historic rate cut (p1)
  • IMF shifts tack on coalition policy (p2)
  • Employers face skills shortage (p4)(p)
  • Asos shares tumble (p17)
  • Barra draws line in sand for GM (p21)
  • G4S ejects protesters (p23)

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