Newspaper review: Focus on Miliband's union risk


Tuesday's newspapers put Ed Miliband under the microscope as the Labour leader prepares to outline how he plans to change the party's relationship with trade unions.

The Daily Mail says he is gambling £9m of funding through his proposals.

The paper would welcome the end of what it calls "the aberration of the political levy" where union members contribute to Labour funds unless they opt out.

Rachel Sylvester, in the Times, thinks Mr Miliband's proposals are brave and put him on the side of ordinary workers rather than what she calls the vested interests which run the trade unions.

But the paper warns that without a timetable for implementation Labour is risking years of internal wrangling.

The Sun is even more sceptical. It says that, to Mr Milband's credit, he is ready to put distance between himself and the unions.

However it argues the measures will not silence Tory jibes or the fears of voters that Mr Miliband is weak in the face of, what it calls, the hard left.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror says his plans deserve careful consideration, but it cautions the Labour leader against imposing change without consent.

And writing in the Guardian, Len McCluskey, leader of the Unite union at the centre of the row about funding, has his say. He thinks asking members to "opt-in" if they want to donate funds wouldn't work.

He warns Labour would have to unite with the Tories to change the law if it wanted to introduce such a system.

Away from Falkirk, Labour and the unions, the Guardian and Independent both lead with further violent clashes in Egypt.

The Guardian says protesters and the army cannot agree on how the violence started and that Cairo - now more divided than ever - is awash with claims and counter claims.

The Daily Telegraph lead on a call from the government for police officers to be more polite.

The comments were made by the policing minister, Damian Green, who thinks public faith has been undermined by claims that officers spied on the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence.

The remarks have angered the Police Federation of England and Wales. It says the police enjoy an extremely strong rapport with the public.

Back to the Daily Mirror, which has the extraordinary tale of how the former Al Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, was caught speeding just months after the 9/11 attacks.

The paper says he was pulled over by a traffic policeman in Pakistan who sent him on his way - despite his infamy.

The Daily Telegraph has the same story and says it is not clear whether the officer was paid off.

Andy Murray's Wimbledon triumph still dominates the papers - a picture of him standing in front of David Cameron as the prime minister rubs his hands with glee at 10 Downing Street is on the front pages of the Telegraph, Times and Guardian.

The Telegraph describes it as "a handy number ten photo opportunity".

And Murray as a toddler holding a tennis racket is pictured on the front of the Daily Mirror.

The paper gives hope to aspiring young players everywhere when it quotes the Wimbledon champion talking about his earliest experiences of the game: "Mum thought I was rubbish. She would throw balls to me but I'd keep missing".

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