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Newspaper review: Miliband under fire

  • 11 August 2013
  • From the section UK
Sunday newspapers

The Sun on Sunday argues Ed Miliband is facing a "gathering storm" over the way in which he leads the Labour Party.

The paper sees recent criticism of the party's strategy by shadow health secretary Andy Burnham as just the latest blow to Mr Miliband.

"Every day a new senior figure inserts the knife," it says.

The Observer concludes that "Ed Miliband and his team appear to have dropped off the edge of the earth".

But, in a commentary piece, former Labour campaign head Hopi Sen argues there are things Mr Miliband can do to turn things around.

He suggests Labour may still win the next election if Mr Miliband builds on the work he has done, committing the party to fiscal discipline and reshaping its relationship with the unions.

Previous investigations

The issue of domestic violence preoccupies the Independent on Sunday.

It says nearly 3,000 men arrested and charged with the crime by officers from 15 UK police forces had previously been investigated for similar offences - but no further action had been taken against them.

The Crown Prosecution Service tells the paper it has achieved a record conviction rate in this area for the second year running but that it is, nevertheless, working with the police to improve the figures.

"Shoplifters given food vouchers" is the front page headline in the Sunday Express.

The paper alleges people caught stealing have been issued with three days' worth of food bank coupons by police in Staffordshire.

The Express asks its readers: "Why work hard and go without when you can simply shoplift and get food vouchers from the police?"

The Staffordshire force tells the paper only seven vouchers were handed out, to those deemed to be in a critical situation.

Huhne job

There is a two-page spread in the Mail on Sunday on the UK's crime hotspots.

Stratford, in east London, emerges as the worst area with nearly 3,500 crimes reported between January 2012 and June this year, the paper says.

The figures, obtained from the Home Office website, suggest Shepherd's Bush, in west London, has the second-highest total while Newgate Street, in Newcastle upon Tyne, comes third.

The Sunday Telegraph raises an eyebrow over the appointment of a convicted criminal to a "top energy job" within three months of leaving prison.

The person in question is the former Liberal Democrat energy secretary Chris Huhne, who was jailed after admitting he lied about speeding points which his ex-wife took for him.

The Telegraph reveals Mr Huhne is now the European chairman of US firm Zilkha Biomass Energy.

Fruit challenge

Finally, the Sunday Times gives details of a study suggesting one in five people in Scotland think jam counts as one of the five daily portions of fruit and vegetables doctors recommend everyone should eat.

The paper says that, with the ingredients of some jams being up to two-thirds sugar and less than a quarter fruit, it is not hard to see why Scotland is one of the most obese nations in the world.

The findings come from the Food Standards Agency, which tells the Times "clearly we still have work to do".

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