Monday, 7 September 2009

Monday's papers

Yesterday's headlines produce action from Gordon Brown who according to the Telegraph has been forced into an embarrassing about-turn after he was accused of putting oil deals before the victims of terrorist attacks.

The Prime Minister argued that it was “inappropriate” for him to lobby Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to compensate the victims of IRA atrocities, despite Libya having supplied the republicans with explosives.

The Mail describes him launching a frantic damage limitation exercise over the Lockerbie scandal last night.

According to the Guardian,Health and overseas aid budgets will not be spared from a programme of public spending cuts that will be rolled out by ministers over the next two months

Gordon Brown and the chancellor, Alistair Darling, agreed the outlines of the new strategy through two lengthy discussions this summer – and it will be billed as a return to New Labour's original commitment to public service reform.

The Independent reports that School Secretary Ed Balls will today announce that he is scrapping the £2m fee for private companies and charities to sponsor one of the Government's flagship new academies.

The Times has learnt that

The Home Secretary has released a man regarded as one of Britain’s most dangerous terror suspects from virtual house arrest to avoid disclosing secret evidence against him,

The man, known only as AF, has been subject to a controversial “control order” since 2006 because of his alleged links with Islamic terrorists. He has never been charged, however, and the evidence for the allegations has never been heard in a public court.

Meanwhile the Independent reports that Sayed Pervez Kambaksh, the Afghan student sentenced to death for the ‘crime’ of downloading information on women's rights, is free

The paper has learnt that

he is now living outside the country after being secretly pardoned by President Karzai.

According to the Times,Unison

One of Britain’s biggest unions — which has campaigned fiercely against government cutbacks to public sector pensions — is to cut back its scheme for its own staff,

The scale of the challenge facing the Conservatives before the next election is disclosed today by a poll showing that the party has failed to make a significant breakthrough in the North, with voters unconvinced that David Cameron has the substance to match his style. reports the Telegraph adding that

While the headline figures still showed a comfortable Tory lead of 13 points over Labour, the polldisclosed uncertainty among voters over the party’s policies. Nearly two thirds of those questioned were unconvinced about whether there was substance behind Mr Cameron’s words. More than half agreed that it was hard to know what the Tories stood for at the moment.

British scientists have made the biggest breakthrough for more than 15 years in the fight against Alzheimer's. says the Mail

Their landmark research could revolutionise the understanding of a condition that blights the lives of 400,000 Britons and their families.
It could cut the rate of new cases by a fifth - 100,000 a year in the UK alone. British and French teams have identified rogue genes responsible for one in five cases of the disease. The search is now on for drugs to combat them.

The Express claims that taxpayers face a £1billion bill to provide school places for ­children born in a looming immigrant baby boom,

The vast sum will be ­needed to create more than 96,000 extra places at primary level – around 67,000 to educate children of parents born outside the UK.

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