News digest 8 October 2013

News digest 8 October 2013

08 October 2013

The top story in today’s papers is the reshuffle of top and not-so-top jobs in both the government and the opposition. Cameron’s Con-Dem coalition had a minor reshuffle with the only cabinet casualty being Lib Dem Michael Moore who was replaced as Scottish secretary by Alistair Carmichael. Elsewhere Cameron shuffled his middle ranks supposedly trying to promote women and ‘northern’ MPs to try and reconnect with the country. It will need much more than that. The other key change was the appointment of ‘conspiracy theorist’ Norman Baker to the Home Office which apparently had home secretary Theresa May up in arms, one Labour MP said: “it was like making Chris Huhne roads minister”. Fair comment.

Labour leader Ed Miliband also reshuffles his pack and depending on which paper you read he has either made a shift to the left (the Sun. Express, Mail and Telegraph) or is hovering around the middle (the Guardian and FT). Ignoring the appointment of Douglas Alexander as election coordinator and the fact that new education shadow Tristam Hunt is a protégé of Mandelson, Tory chair Grant Shapps accused Unite of dictating the reshuffle. The main losers were Byrne and Twigg while Rachel Reeves was promoted to take on the challenging work and pensions brief and Gloria Del Piero takes on the women and equalities portfolio, the shadow cabinet is now 44 per cent female with almost a third first elected in 2010.

Also under the auspices of the reshuffle - which saw Andy Burnham remain in place as shadow health secretary – the health secretary Jeremy Hunt gave a lame apology over his accusations of a Burnham cover up, not good enough. And still on health instead of dealing with the crisis in the health service Hunt prefers to attack the staff with his aim to axe the paltry one per cent pay rise for all NHS staff, the Mail and Mirror both note that A&Es are on the brink while the Telegraph reports that A&E doctors are emigrating, the wholesale destruction of the NHS continues, let’s hope it does not end up like the private G4S Oakwood prison where apparently ‘prisoners can get drugs not soap’, expect the reverse in a privatised health service…

  Morning Star

  • Generous George protects bankers’ salaries from cut (p2)
  • Refinery staff ‘work to rule’ (p2) – Unite cited
  • Carers’ low pay ‘leads to trampling of human rights’ (p2)
  • Reshuffle deal blow to public rail (p3)
  • Inspector lay into G4S run prison (p3)
  • BHF calls for plain cigarette packets (p4)
  • Royal Mail sale on the cheap (p4)
  • Experts demand aid for A&E units (p5)
  • Fury at bully Hunt’s NHS pay rise snub (p5) – Unite/Rachael Maskell cited
  • The Tory war on young people – Zoe Hennessey (p8)
  • Why Labour should renationalise Royal Mail – Andrew Fisher (p9)

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • ‘Kelly’ MP job (p2)
  • Bonfire of the Blairites (p2)
  • HS2 gets red signal (p2)
  • Blackout risk at 6 year high (p4)
  • Chuka: City will cash in on Mail (p38)
  • Rolls jet boost (p38)


  • Top jobs for women and northern MPs (p2)
  • Blairite trio get the chop (p2) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Shortage of homes for sale (p4)
  • Leader: The shuffles that tell us about character (p12)
  • Online sales hit records (p50)
  • Changes at top for Virgin rail (p50)
  • Good news for jobs as Japanese pick Airbus (p51)


  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Thousands face fines for claiming child benefit (p1)
  • Miliband promotes new breed of loyalist (p1)
  • Risk of blackouts at highest for six years (p4)
  • Osborne’s supporters step closer to cabinet (p7)
  • Cameron pledge for home buyers (p12)
  • A shuffled pack doesn’t make a winning hand – Rachel Sylvester (p23)
  • Airbus celebrates huge JAL win (p38)
  • London Airports may get new runways (p38)
  • Cable accuses ‘irresponsible’ Labour over Royal mail sale (p39)


  • Royal Mail undervalued by £600 million (p4)
  • MPs critical of Help to Buy (p4)
  • Reshuffle surprises (p6)
  • Miliband accused of lurch to the left (p7 – Unite/Len McCluskey cited)
  • Cameron’s benefit crackdown ‘will hit single parents hardest’ (p13)
  • Gove adviser quits to help free schools (p21)
  • Poor set to suffer as Royal Mail floats (p55)
  • Airbus pips Boeing (p56)



  • Millions to profit from Royal Mail share sale (p1)
  • Help to Buy mortgages on offer (p1)
  • Miliband hit chord on energy, says PM (p2)
  • Cuts to care could breach anti-torture laws (p8)
  • A&E doctors emigrating (p13)
  • Brown’s allies in favour (p14) – Unite/Len McCluskey cited
  • Ministers face attack over growing blackout risk (b1)
  • Factories in midst of growth spurt (b3)
  • Airbus Japan order blow for Boeing (b3)

  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Help to Buy risks stability, MPS say (p1)
  • Osborne loyalist edge near cabinet (p2)
  • Labour’s modernisers lose out (p2) – Len McCluskey cited
  • Cable hits back over share price for Royal Mail (p3)
  • Winter warning on power supply (p4)
  • Unions attacked over action at Grangemouth (p4)
  • Airbus gets off ground in Japan (p19)

  Edited by Mik Sabiers

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