Screen shot 2013-09-23 at 06.20.18Labour unravelling policy 1)  Party backtracks over Cruddas MMR jab child benefit cut plan

Screen shot 2013-09-23 at 08.00.19“Parents should lose their child benefit if they refuse to immunise their children with the MMR jab, a senior Labour MP has suggested. Families will have to prove their child’s vaccination records are up to date to qualify for handouts. [Jon Cruddas] suggested the measure, which is already in place in Australia, could be a way to link behaviour with state benefits and services. However, Labour rushed to dissociate itself from the idea last night, saying ‘it is not part of the policy review’.” – Daily Mail

Labour unravelling policy 2) IOD, British Chamber of Commerce, Tories say that Party’s apprentices proposal would be illegal under EU law – “removed from reality”

“At the Labour conference in Brighton, Ed Miliband yesterday unveiled proposals to force firms to train a British apprentice for each worker hired from outside the European Union. The Labour leader claimed the measure showed his party was now tough on immigration after the border control shambles under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. But the policy rapidly unravelled when it emerged that recruiting only British-born apprentices would be illegal under EU law.” – Daily Express

Labour unravelling policy 3) Unions threaten to block Miliband reform plans

Screen shot 2013-09-23 at 08.03.12“Paul Kenny, the leader of the GMB union who chairs the Trade Union and Labour Party Liaison Organisation, won huge applause at the Brighton conference when he attacked Mr Miliband’s plan for union members to “opt in” to supporting the party financially. Mr Kenny warned: ‘The desire to expand party membership is a shared one,  but let nobody be under any illusion that as collective organisations the removal or sale of our collective voice is not on the agenda.’ ” – The Independent

  • Conference feuds as Campbell, Watson lay into Miliband – The Sun
  • Balls wants OBR to vet Labour election spending plans – Financial Times
  • Rachel Reeves claims extended school childcare won’t cost any money – Daily Telegraph
  • Murphy will warn conference that ‘We must not turn our back on world’ in wake of Syria vote – The Times (£)
  • Byrne to say that ATOS should be sacked – The Independent
  • Give every child free school lunches, urges Diane Abbott – The Guardian
  • Lobby team that beat Bluebirds thrash Labour 4-0 – The Sun

> Yesterday:

Mandelson monsters Miliband magisterially

Mandelson Peter Sky“Labour will need to cement a broad-based appeal if it is to win and govern. Relying on the backing of a left-leaning third of the electorate was never going to work. The Tories have done their homework on what appeals to the centre ground and Labour’s polling suggests the party has further to go to cater to these crucial voters. [The public] want an analysis of how Mr Miliband sees the country’s needs and how Labour will differ from the coalition in meeting them. “One Nation” is a good line for a banner but needs an argument to support it and to set out an alternative.” – Financial Times

  • Labour’s one-nation mantra can’t disguise a clapped-out party – Neal Lawson, The Guardian

McBride latest: Darling was “catastrophically inept”, “misguided” and “out for himself”

Screen shot 2013-09-23 at 08.13.33“As far as I was concerned, he was either catastrophically inept or misguided when it came to his public interventions in the press — or he was just totally out for himself…On a professional level, I tore my hair out at the way the Treasury publicly exacerbated our problem because of their paranoia.  Journalists could get them to issue ridiculously aggressive quotes simply by hinting there was some briefing against Alistair. All the sense of grip, purpose and professionalism there had been at the Treasury under Gordon as Chancellor had disappeared.” – Daily Mail

  • More McBride: Why my friend Ed Miliband knifed me – Daily Mail
  • Conservatives and Alastair Campbell demand police enquiry into McBride leaks – The Times (£)
  • Sorry, can’t be at the conference: Brown at UN to ask for $500m for Syrian refugees’ schooling in Lebanon – The Guardian

Dominic Lawson makes his Daily Mail Monday debut, replacing Melanie Phillips, and says: the Left is full of hate

“It is one of the factors tending to distinguish the Left in politics from the Right, that the former frequently regard the latter as actually wicked, if not evil; whereas most Tories tend to regard the Left as just misguided. This was explained by a Labour-voting friend who told me ‘the Left are principally concerned to feel good about themselves, so the worse they can paint their ideological enemies, the better they themselves must be. Perhaps it’s even based on a psychological fear of their own dark side’.” – Daily Mail

  • “Unless Labour can prove its broader economic credibility the public will not trust it to repair the household budget” – Times Editorial (£)
  • Red Ed and the ghost of socialism and spin – Daily Mail Editorial
  • At last, we see Ed in his true colours, waving the red flag – Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph
  • Miliband’s waffle can’t hide Labour failure – Daily Telegraph Editorial
  • Brutal, tribal, ruthless and out of touch – Trevor Kavanagh, The Sun
  • One Nation Labour is sinking – Dan Hodges, Daily Telegraph

Barker rejects demands for higher offshore wind farm subsidies

Barker Greg“Greg Barker, the energy minister, told the Telegraph he was confident that proposed subsidy levels – which would be see support cut by 13pc over the next five years – were high enough. ‘Investors will always want more,’ he said. ‘We believe that what we have set will be sufficient to drive the necessary scale of investment and strikes the right balance between the interests of the consumer and the necessary return for investors to ensure we deliver the capacity.’ ” – Daily Telegraph

  • Davey looks to drum up Chinese energy investment in Britain – Financial Times
  • Mitchell faces legal fees setback – The Guardian
  • Gove orders Al-Madinah School investigation – Daily Mail

UKIP to place grammar schools at heart of Euro-election campaign

“A revamped campaign to lift the ban on new grammar schools is to be deployed by UKIP to win over Tory voters in next year’s local elections. Nigel Farage’s team calculate that championing a revival of grammar schools will put “clear purple water” between UKIP and the other parties. They believe that voters are currently unaware that the party is in favour of a major expansion of the number of grammars.” – The Times (£)

  • Party founder Alan Sked says that UKIP is led by “morons” and “fascists” – Sun

Merkel gains third term, increases vote – and falls just short of a majority, coming  “tantalisingly close to becoming the first German leader in half a century to secure an outright win”

Screen shot 2013-09-23 at 08.11.56“Angela Merkel was handed a third term as German Chancellor with a resounding show of support last night, but faced negotiating a coalition with her centre-left rivals after falling just short of an overall majority. As the last votes were being counted, it seemed that Mrs Merkel would be plunged into weeks of hard bargaining with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) to try to repeat the coalition she formed for her first term in 2005 to 2009. The SPD came a distant second in the election on about 26 per cent.” – The Times (£)

  • “Worst result since second world war” for FDP – Financial Times
  • A stunning victory for Merkel. Cameron will be delighted – Daniel Hannan, Daily Telegraph

> Yesterday: Andrew Marshall’s live blog of the results

Did Brits help carry out the Kenya shopping centre massacre?

“The terror attack on a Kenyan shopping centre that has left 68 dead was being led by the white English widow of a 7/7 bomber, it was claimed last night. Soldiers said a white woman wearing a veil was shouting orders to gunmen in Arabic during the bloody massacre inside the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi. Islamist terror group Al Shabaab claimed it carried out the atrocity in which three Britons were killed and 175 people were left injured.” – Daily Mail

  • Three Brits are dead in toll of 68 – The Sun
  • Only tweet favourited by Cameron Twitter account is bad taste Nairobi killings Hague joke – Daily Mail
  • We must remain vigilant against terrorist threat – Daily Express Editorial

Taliban suicide attack on Pakistani church which leaves 78 dead is the most deadly attack on Christians in the country’s history

IMPRISONED CHURCH“Pakistan’s embattled Christian community suffered the most deadly attack in its history on Sunday when a pair of Taliban suicide bombers blew themselves up inside a church in the troubled city of Peshawar, killing 81 and wounding about 140. The midday attack on the historic church was one of the most lethal aimed at civilians in Peshawar, a city that has been repeatedly struck by militant groups who control swaths of the nearby tribal areas.’ – The Guardian

Lynton Crosby’s business partner is wrong: politics needs columnists

“Columnists and opinion pages might not cause wild changes of direction of the British supertanker, but I hope we help the crew to have a better understanding of the dangers and opportunities presented by the journey ahead. I should finish my party political broadcast for opinion journalism at this point, but will conclude with one additional point. Guess what Mark Textor does when he is not producing gold standard research for his clients? He writes a column for an Australian newspaper.” – The Times (£)

News in Brief

  • British economy being strangled by lack of flights, say Digby Jones and Mervyn Davies – The Independent
  • Barclays reviews overdraft fees in bid to break from ‘sins of the past’ – Daily Telegraph
  • New super traffic cameras can catch 50 times as many drivers – The Sun
  • Mental health services “at the limit” – The Guardian
  • Breakthrough in the fight against flu – Daily Mail
  • Britain set for a week of sultry tropical heat – Daily Express


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