Press Roundup Tuesday 27 July 2010

By Press Office
July 27, 2010

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's areas of concern, produced daily and including The Daily Telegraph, Independent, Guardian, BBC and the tabloids

Economy & Politics:

Labour closing gap on Tories as voters fear new recession
• UK divided on cuts in state spending, Guardian poll shows?• Public award coalition just 5/10 for performance so far

MPs to lose 'unsustainable' gold-plated pensions in shakeup of Westminster perks
MPs could lose £15,000 a year from their gold-plated pensions under radical reforms unveiled last night.

It's Miliband vs Miliband: Labour leadership battle becomes two-horse race
David and Ed Miliband were forced to insist that brotherly 'love' was intact last night as the Labour leadership battle appeared to narrow to a two-horse race between them.

44 MPs want vote referendum moved
Forty four Tory MPs have signed a motion calling for the voting reform referendum to be moved because it clashes with devolved elections.

Peace & War:

Former UN weapons inspector Blix to face Iraq questions
The man who led UN weapons inspectors in Iraq before the 2003 invasion is set to appear before the war inquiry.

Religion & Society:

British girls undergo horror of genital mutilation despite tough laws
Female circumcision will be inflicted on up to 2,000 British schoolgirls during the summer holidays – leaving brutal physical and emotional scars. Yet there have been no prosecutions against the practice

Education & Culture:

The Spirit Level: Spooking the right
Even though its great sweep invites all manner of sceptical questions, this book's inconvenient truths must be faced

Education Quangos: Who will monitor the curriculum now?
The war on quangos has already claimed three education bodies – with the prospect of a fourth in the near future.

Crime & Justice:

Immigration inspector criticises dawn raids on families facing deportation
UK Border Agency chief says most arrests take place between 6.30am and 6.40am
Public urged to join patrols in ‘Big Society’
THOUSANDS of ordinary Britons will be asked to join bobbies on the beat in the biggest shake-up of the nation’s policing for 50 years.

Ecology & Environment:

Greenpeace activists close down BP stations in London
BP petrol stations in central London have been shut down by environmental activists

People & Power:

One by one, the quangos are abolished. But at what cost?
David Cameron vowed in opposition to rein in Britain's quango state in an attack on a bloated public sector.

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