News digest 7 July 2014

News digest 7 July 2014

07 July 2014

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

·                Police trade ‘paedophile MP’s victim’ – Telegraph

·                A pointless strike - Telegraph

·                Conservatives plan tougher rules on public sector strike ballots - Guardian

·                Celebrate the strikers this week – they are fighting for us all – Owen Jones - Guardian

·                The majority are not feeling the benefits of the so-called recovery – David Blanchflower - Indie

It’s rather grim reading on most of the front pages as the calls for an inquiry over child abuse at the heart of Westminster grow with the Mail arguing of fears of a cover-up while the Telegraph says police have traced the victim of a ‘paedophile MP’ but there are concerns that police having investigated the crimes in the past have been forced to sign ‘gagging orders’ about their roles in the investigation. Developments are fast moving, but will there be an inquiry? Hopefully we’ll find out more when home secretary Theresa May addresses the Commons later today, she’s expected to face a grilling from MPs and don’t forget parliamentary privilege may result in more than expected being revealed…

Elsewhere in Westminster the other main story is the strike by whole host of unions this Thursday. Unite members will be joined by the FBU, GMB, NUT, PCS and Unison as they take action over years of poverty pay. The Telegraph calls it a ‘pointless strike that will irritate the public’ while many of the papers start to talk about introducing greater restrictions on the right to strike, with the talk of minimum thresholds. Many Tories fail to understand the irony of the fact if it were applied to their own seats, we would not have Boris as mayor of London etc. For a greater understanding of the issue read Owen Jones in the Guardian, he outlines how the case for the walk out is unanswerable, but is being eclipsed by outrage from a media utterly opposed to trade unions. And if you think poverty pay is no longer a problem, then check out David Blanchflower in the Indie, he highlights why people should and will strike and the reason: “Most families are a lot worse off today than they were when the coalition took power in 2010, and there seems no prospect that will improve soon.” Enough said.

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star (not delivered)

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Abuse of power – MP abuse cover up (p1/4-5)
  • Union in expenses row with taxman (p2) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Pay cap until 2018 (p10)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Home Office kept quiet about child sex cases (p1)
  • Pay more or accept health cuts, say health chiefs (p1)
  • Mandelson warns against move to the left (p2)
  • Shoplifters sent to food banks (p4)
  • Ministers step up attacks on unions as strike looms (p15)
  • Farage faces seat dilemma as Tories select former ally (p21)
  • Greens are the ‘Ukip of the left’ (p21)
  • Regions to get £6bn injection (p39)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Paris rails against dollar’s dominance (p1)
  • Pension reforms under fire (p2)
  • Outsourcing spend hits £88bn (p4)
  • Tories push for tougher strike laws (p4)
  • Europe’s labour pains (p8)
  • Wheels coming off supermarket trolley (p21)
  • RBS challenges pay day lenders by offering quick loans (p23)

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