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News round up 28/9: Ed Miliband launches 'moral crusade'

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Your daily media round up of all the key stories affecting local government

Source: Radu Razvan

Labour conference

Ed Miliband broke with 30 years of political and economic orthodoxy yesterday as he vowed to rewrite the rules for doing business in Britain and create a more equal society, the Times £ says of the Labour leaders conference speech.

Of the speech, Times columnist Daniel Finkelstein £, compares Ed Miliband’s travails in convincing the public he is prime ministerial with his efforts to remake William Hague’s image, and predicts that - as with the Tories and Hague - Labour will be doomed to failure.

The Financial Times reports £ that Miliband has been accused of hypocrisy for launching a moral crusade against ‘bad’ business while Labour officials negotiate payment of a pledged £1m donation from Andrew Rosenfield, a former tax exile.

The FT says the speech £ signalled Miliband was positioning himself as defender of the “hard-working majority”, with a vow to end Britain’s “fast buck culture of the past 30 years” by cracking down on bad businesses as well as tackling welfare cheats.

The Guardian says Ed Miliband told Labour that lessons must be learned from past mistakes and the party cannot simply wait for the Tories to fail, while the Independent focuses on Mr Miliband’s admitting the party has two weakness: economic credibility and that he remains largely unknown to the public.

In the Daily Mail, Quentin Letts says the Labour leader was forgivably flaky. “I’ve heard worse” and “an improvement on Gordon Brown” he remarks.While Simon Heffer argues that Mr Miliband “neither looks nor sounds like a leader”, unless the body in question is a student union.

In the Daily Telegraph, Andrew Gimson says Miliband sounded “lonely and vulnerable”, more comfortable with the language of the lecture theatre than the public bar. “Labour has landed itself with a leader who sounds more like a special adviser,” he concludes.”Tentative, immature, indecisive, under-cooled and incapable of conveying emotion. It is as if Rowan Atkinson has taken over, but without the laughs.”

BAE job losses

The Financial Times reports £ that the brunt of BAE Systems’ near 3,000 job cuts will fall on Lancashire and Yorkshire in a move that politicians and unions said would be devastating for the local economies.

Police review

Former Met commissioner Lord John Stevens is to lead Labour’s sweeping review of policing, the Independent and the Guardian report.

London mayoral elections

Former home secretary Alan Johnson “is a lovely fellow” but lacks the drive to be mayor of London, Labour candidate Ken Livingstone has said after it was rumoured Mr Johnson might run in 2012, reports the Independent.


House prices will be “driven down” by the government’s planning reforms, the Daily Telegraph warns in the latest instalment of its “Hands off our land” campaign. The paper says the Planning Officers’ Society has told ministers that the draft National Planning Policy Framework will mean homes are “blighted” by the prospect of new developments in their areas.


Parents of private school children could sue universities who used the AQA examing board’s proposed system to penalise fee-paying schools students, the Independent reports.

In the Daily Mail, education secretary Michael Gove argues against  one exam board’s plans to offer A-Level weighting in favour of pupils who attend weaker schools.

Other news

The Times reports £ that a judge who issued harsh sentencing guidelines for rioters after disturbances this summer that other courts then adopted was castigated for his actions by the Court of Appeal.

Oxfordshire CC leader Keith Mitchell (Con) has called for an end to the practice of councils translating leaflets into foreign languages, the Daily Telegraph reports. Cllr Mitchell said such a move would encourage speakers of other languages to learn English.

The Daily Mail reports a single mother’s accusation that Fylde BC confiscated her wheelie bin and “demanded a £30 ransom for its return” because it was left less than one metre out of place.

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