Unite news digest 11 April 2014

News digest 11 April 2014

11 April 2014

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

·                Tories attack CPS over handling of Nigel Evans case - Guardian

·                House of ill-repute - Indie

·                Co-op fights for survival – Mail

·                Personal independence payments are a punishment of the poor and ill - Guardian

·                87,000 in fear of bailiff - Mirror

Today’s digest opens with harassment in the House of Commons as the message moved on from Maria Miller’s resignation to the acquittal of former deputy speaker of the House of Commons Nigel Evans who was yesterday cleared of a string of sex abuse charges, including one of rape. That claim was one of several allegations made by seven men during a five-week trial, Tory party sources indicated there would be discussions about his future with the parliamentary and constituency association in the coming days and weeks. Many papers also follow up on an investigation by Channel 4 News last night which revealed dozens of young aides have been the ‘victims of drunken MPs’ with many papers using the headline: “House of ill repute.” However, just as scandalous was the news that MPs scared of negative publicity are also ‘secretly’ recruiting unpaid interns to work in their offices. Even with the good news that the number of MPs advertising for unpaid office staff has dramatically fallen in recent years after a spate of negative publicity, the bad news is many MPs still seem to be using ‘cheap labour’ and in a classic gift to subeditors the spokesperson for one MP, Lib Dem John Leech (yes really), tried to defend the use of unpaid interns. However Tanya de Grunwald, who first reported Mr Leech's latest job ads by placing them on her Graduate Fog blog's Ultimate Wall of Shame - said there could be no excuse for not paying workers. Too right.

Well there may be one situation, and that is rewards for failure, and it really is in terms of bonuses rather than basic pay. And if were talking bonuses we must be talking banks. The front page of the FT splashes with the news that a row has been building at the Co-op Bank over Lord Myner’s reforms (which would have effectively demutualised the mutual) as well as its record £1.3 billion loss. Unite’s Rob MacGregor said: “Clearly the Co-op bank faces major challenges ahead but we call on the bank not to make the same mistakes other banks have made and to stick to its ethical principles ... the past performance of the bank has been shambolic, if former senior executives are responsible then they should not be paid a penny.”

And also not getting any payment are disabled people. There’s a good piece by Polly Toynbee in the Guardian which is summed up by the headline: “Duncan Smith’s treatment of disabled people is monstrous” and it truly is, while the Mirror splashes on the reality for ordinary people in Con-Dem Britain outlining how 87,000 people are now living in fear of bailiffs as some 600,000 summonses have been issued as £500 million in benefits is slashed from the most vulnerable including disabled people, war widows, veterans and carers. As ever the Con-Dem cuts put the poorest most at risk, while the rich continue to count their millions…

Edited by Mik Sabiers

  Morning Star

  Daily Mirror

  Sun (no links all stories now behind paywall)

  • Evans cleared: My 11 months of hell (p2)
  • House of ill repute (p2) [Commons harassment]
  • 999 ‘stress’ (p2)
  • Cuts hit shrinking fleet (p8-9)
  • 350,000 migrants missed (p10)
  • M&S revived? (p46)
  • British gas to pay £5.6 million fine (p46)



  Times (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Sex case MP cleared (p1/8-9)
  • Cameron hit by new Tory expenses row (p4)
  • Javid too uncultured, says Rosen (p4)
  • Javid needs to know about money, not Monet (p31)
  • Co-op plunges into chaos (p45)
  • Fastjet plots routes to growth (p51)




  FT (no links all stories behind paywall)

  • Co-op in crisis (p1/10/21)
  • Osborne hits back (p2)
  • Miliband in Israel (p2)
  • £10 million loan to cushion pit losses (p4)

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