Mandelson vs Prescott? (again) – Media and blog round up: February 7th 2013

7th February, 2013 10:31 am

Subscribers to our email list have been receiving our new morning daily email since Monday – 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.

Gove humiliated over Ebacc

“Michael Gove has had to abandon his plans to scrap GCSEs in core subjects and replace them with examinations modelled on O-levels after opposition from the Liberal Democrats. The Education Secretary will admit defeat in a Commons statement today, telling MPs that GCSEs will stay and be rewritten and restructured. Plans to move to a franchise system, with a single exam board awarded contracts to run all exams in each core subject, have also been abandoned because they fell foul of European Union rules.
It is a rare defeat for Mr Gove.” – The Times (£)
“The Education Secretary bowed to overwhelming pressure for a rethink from Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, the exams regulator Ofqual and MPs from all parties. It is understood that he decided to act after being warned by civil servants that one key plank of his reforms – handing each of the core subjects over to just one exam board – could breach European Union rules on public service contracts and be open to judicial review. The dramatic U-turn follows a cacophony of opposition to plans for the new EBacc certificate – which would have been awarded in the five core academic areas of English, maths, the sciences, languages and a humanities subject (history or geography).” –  Independent

Mandelson vs Prescott?

“Their rivalry was such that John Prescott once likened Peter Mandelson to a crab. Now it has been reignited after Lord Mandelson was appointed to a prestigious role in the former deputy prime minister’s home city of Hull. Lord Prescott has written an ‘irate’ letter to the local council after being passed over for the post of High Steward in the city where he was an MP for 40 years. Instead, the Labour-controlled council has appointed former business secretary Lord Mandelson to act as the city’s new ambassador.” – Daily Mail

Other highlights

  • David Cameron is trashing his own party, and it’s not a pretty sight –Peter Oborne, The Telegraph
  • How the Sun reported the Cruddas speech – The Sun
  • Tory MPs threaten to continue “war” against Equal Marriage –Independent
  • Labour warns of horsemeat in schools and hospitals – The Times(£)
To report anything from the comment section, please e-mail [email protected]
  • “How the Sun reported the Cruddas speech”

    Good that it got a mention. But the mention would’ve been improved had a photo of Crud (instead of Ed) been included – he looks reassuringly normal, at least by Labour standards.

  • Monkey_Bach

    Mandelson? Prescott? Mister Pot meet Mister Kettle! Mister Kettle meet Mister Pot!

Latest

  • Featured News Seats and Selections Luciana Berger in running for Liverpool City Region Mayor

    Luciana Berger in running for Liverpool City Region Mayor

    Luciana Berger will today become the third candidate in the race to get the Labour nomination for the Liverpool City Region Mayor election. Berger, who attends Shadow Cabinet as Shadow Minister for Mental Health, will announce her bid with a speech to local Labour members this afternoon. She is the second shadow minister to launch their candidacy for a new directly elected mayor position in a North West city, following Andy Burnham kicking off his Greater Manchester Mayor campaign earlier […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Featured Sadiq Khan has stuck his neck on the line – but he hasn’t “discredited” Labour

    Sadiq Khan has stuck his neck on the line – but he hasn’t “discredited” Labour

    One evening at Labour Conference 2009, those of us attending from my constituency party met for a meal in a restaurant on the Brighton seafront. Our waiter was very excited to regale us with his familial tie to Labour royalty. “My great-great uncle was a Labour Prime Minister,” the waiter told us. “But I’m afraid you won’t like him: it was Ramsay MacDonald.” On cue, our well-oiled delegates treated him to panto hisses. “Now,” interrupted one, “I actually think there’s room for some reappraisal of Ramsay […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Uncategorized Sharon Hodgson: Labour will always stand up for children with special educational needs

    Sharon Hodgson: Labour will always stand up for children with special educational needs

    Since the Government announced its Schools White Paper last month, focus has been on their ham-fisted plans for the forced academisation of all schools. Though Ministers have subsequently U-turned on these flawed plans – after mounting opposition led by Labour and including parents, school leaders, teachers, governors, local councillors and their own backbenches – it is clear that they are still intent on obsessing over forcing or coaxing every school in England to become an academy. This fixation with school structures comes at the expense of raising standards for […]

    Read more →
  • Featured News Jess Phillips hit by 600 rape tweets in one night

    Jess Phillips hit by 600 rape tweets in one night

    Jess Phillips has spoken of her disgust after receiving 600 tweets in one night about her rape. The Birmingham Yardley was bombarded with vile messages after launching a campaign to end online sexist bullying. “To see the attack of a pack on here check out my mentions 600 odd notifications talking about my rape in one night. I think twitter is dead,” she wrote on the online platform. Phillips, who was sexually assaulted as a teenager, today described the revolting […]

    Read more →
  • Comment Featured Uncategorized Labour must view immigration as a political opportunity rather than an obstacle

    Labour must view immigration as a political opportunity rather than an obstacle

    In 2014, the last reliable figures that take ethnicity into account, there were 790,000 Poles living in the UK. With EU net migration still in the positive, and suggestions these figures might be a grossly underestimated, the total number could be significantly higher. To be clear, this is not a piece about immigration, or, at least, not about its effects on Britain, but about what policies may convince Polish migrants to vote Labour. Because the Tories have a head start. As EU migrants, most […]

    Read more →
x

LabourList Daily Email

Everything Labour. Every weekday morning

Share with your friends










Submit