Labour set to back Leveson compromise? – Media and blog round up: February 11th 2013

12th February, 2013 10:27 am

Subscribers to our email list have been receiving our new morning daily email for over a week now – including the following Media and blog round up. If you were on our email list you’d have received this an hour ago – you can sign up here.

Labour set to back Leveson compromise?

“The Labour Party has signalled it may accept a Royal Charter on press regulation, but is seeking assurances that ministers will not be able to amend it. The Tories will today publish a draft charter as an alternative to Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendation for a statute to underpin a new regulator. The charter would establish a system of verifying that a new regulator set up by the press had the independence and powers recommended by the judge. Labour had initially insisted on a statute to underpin the new regulator and pledged to force the issue to a vote in the House of Commons. However, Harriet Harman, the Shadow Culture Secretary, yesterday indicated that the charter idea, put forward by Oliver Letwin, the Cabinet Office Minister, could be acceptable.” – The Times (£)

Infrastructure-shambles?

“Only seven of the 576 major building projects in the Government’s much-trumpeted national infrastructure plan have been completed, according to a report out today. Only 1 per cent of the schemes are operational and just 18 per cent are said to have “started” or to be “under construction”. The figures, compiled by Labour from Treasury figures, will fuel demands from Liberal Democrat ministers for the Coalition to do more to kick-start the economy.” – The Independent

Eastleigh Tory candidate under fire over plagiarism from Wikipedia

“The Conservative candidate in the by-election for disgraced Chris Huhne’s seat has been caught lifting a Wikipedia entry for a campaign website. Maria Hutchings copied an extract from the online encyclopedia about the Roman past of Eastleigh, Hampshire. The website said: “The modern town of Eastleigh lies on the old Roman road, built in A.D.79 between Winchester (Venta Belgarum) and Bitterne (Clausentum). Roman remains discovered in the Eastleigh area, including a Roman lead coffin excavated in 1908, indicate that a settlement probably existed here in Roman times.” The section was lifted word for word from the Wikipedia page on the Hampshire town and made a mockery of the Tories’ claim she was “is in tune with the community.”” – The Mirror

Other highlights

Latest

  • News Reed warns over threat of further electoral slump amid council funding fears

    Reed warns over threat of further electoral slump amid council funding fears

    A Labour shadow minister has warned against assumptions that the party’s vote has “hit the bottom” and told colleagues they must speak up for England to a greater extent. Steve Reed, shadow minister for local government, said Labour must learn more from major councils which had managed to be “credible, relevant and win elections”. Reed, a former Lambeth council leader, also warned that the party leadership “feels out of touch”. “I wish the Labour party could speak for England in […]

    Read more →
  • News Maria Eagle accuses Cameron of breaking Leveson promise

    Maria Eagle accuses Cameron of breaking Leveson promise

    Labour is seeking to force the Government to proceed with the second part of the Leveson inquiry after Ministers suggested it was on the brink of being dropped. Maria Eagle, shadow Culture Secretary, accused David Cameron of breaking a promise to set up an examination of misconduct in the press and police, which was due to follow the completion of criminal investigations triggered by the phone hacking scandal. Today Eagle said Cameron is “reneging on this promise as though he […]

    Read more →
  • News Striking doctors fight imposition of contracts but Labour “neutral” on walkout

    Striking doctors fight imposition of contracts but Labour “neutral” on walkout

    The head of the body representing NHS Trusts sparked fury by urging Jeremy Hunt to override the views of striking doctors and impose on them the controversial new contracts. Chris Hopson, chief executive of NHS Providers, called for a tougher government approach as around 37,000 medics joined the 24-hour walk-out at 8am today. He spoke out as Labour again condemned the “utter shambles” which led to the strikes, now in their second wave. Hopson urged the Department of Health to […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Labour must be bolder than the Tories on devolution

    Labour must be bolder than the Tories on devolution

    The launch last week of the new Centre for Cities report Cities Outlook 2016 brought another stark reminder that most cities in the North and Midlands are continuing to punch below their weight economically – with wages in most places north of the Watford Gap falling below the national average, while welfare spending is higher. In Hull, for example, average weekly wages amount to just £376, compared to £539 in Milton Keynes, and £591 in Reading. Even in Manchester – […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Featured PMQs Verdict: Corbyn shows his passion for housing, despite his relaxed approach

    PMQs Verdict: Corbyn shows his passion for housing, despite his relaxed approach

    Jeremy Corbyn cares about housing. This is obvious. But does he care much about PMQs? At his first meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) as leader, he told MPs that housing would be one of his biggest priorities. Shortly after that, he made the Shadow Housing minister a Shadow Cabinet role, and in John Healey appointed a well-respected figure across the party to the brief. Only last week, the party launched a review, the biggest of its kind in […]

    Read more →
Share with your friends










Submit