News digest 26 July 2013

News digest 26 July 2013

26 July 2013

The digest opens with the news that the police have ruled out any criminal inquiry into the ‘vote rigging allegations’ at Falkirk. Police in Scotland concluded there was "insufficient" evidence to launch a criminal investigation even though Labour's ruling NEC supposedly found "evidence of concern" about the selection process. Commenting on the announcement Unite called on Labour to lift the suspensions of two Unite members and also the special measures placed on the Falkirk constituency. Unite Scottish secretary Pat Rafferty said: “The decision by the police not to investigate the Falkirk selection is just plain common sense … we have said from the outset that Unite broke neither the rules of Labour party nor the law itself. Our union and our members have been shamefully smeared in the media without evidence and without justification.” In order to bring the situation to a resolution Unite has called for an independent inquiry into what really happened at Falkirk to be convened as soon as possible.

The other major news of the day was the 0.6 per cent rise in GDP with many papers reporting the rise as indication that the recovery is finally starting, although the Guardian oddly goes with the headline: ‘Growth boost puts Labour on back foot’. Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “There should be no smugness or premature rejoicing from George Osborne about this small, but welcome, increase in GDP figures, as there are too many other negative factors swirling about in this flatlining economy. The EEF is reported as saying that it is unrealistic to think the country is ‘out of the mire’. Unite agrees with this analysis.” With incomes still under pressure Len called for demand to be kickstarted by uprating the minimum wage, cracking down on tax avoiders and embarking on a massive housebuilding programme.

Finally the other main story is the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s War on Wonga which features on a few front pages, some of them praising him and others saying that his assault on moneylenders has fallen into the old trap re pensions, namely the Church of England fund had an investment in the payday loan company. Although Welby has argued he wants to drive the payday loan companies out of business the real focus needs to be on setting a cap on credit and stopping loans being rolled over. Want to know more on how to #StopTheSharks – check out the Unite payday loans briefing

 Morning Star

 Daily Mirror

  • Economy grows (p2)
  • Stafford scandal nurses struck off (p11)
  • Labour tops rich list (p11) [political donations]
  • Party to step in after cops ditch inquiry (p11) – Unite/Pat Rafferty quoted
  • BT kicks sky into touch (p51)
  • Unilever’s fears for Europe (p51)




 Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Welby’s assault on moneylenders falls into pension trap (p1)
  • Osborne: Growth must benefit whole country (p1)
  • Private jails among worst (p7)
  • Make patients pay for appointments (p8)
  • Labour avoids corporation tax (p13)
  • Nurses struck off after Mid Staffs scandal (p20)
  • Rolls Royce order book bursting at seams (p41)
  • Eurotunnel battles on (p43)
  • Emerging markets sweeten Unilever profits (p45)




 FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Church pension fund admits links to Wonga (p1)
  • Economy ‘on the mend’ (p2)
  • Birmingham airport sets out new runway plans (p2)
  • Go for growth – Samuel Brittan (p11)
  • Home sales boost GM (p15)
  • Aston to bond with Daimler (p16)
  • Siemens scraps key margin rate (p18)
  • Rolls-Royce to step up cost cutting (p19)

 Edited by Mik Sabiers

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