Cabinet reshuffle

Many of the papers concentrate on the expected reshuggle in David Cameron’s cabinet.

Sky news claims that younger members are expected to be appointed to top posts.

The Prime Minister is expected to use next week’s Cabinet reshuffle to promote women and younger MPs to ministerial positions.

David Cameron is this week expected to deliver the biggest changes to his Cabinet since the beginning of the coalition, with women and a younger generation of MPs expected to benefit.

When it comes to reshuffles, there is one simple rule: the only person who knows all the details is the Prime Minister (and even he can’t be certain – remember last time, when Iain Duncan Smith refused to agree to David Cameron’s wishes?). The rest is speculation.

Theresa Villiers and Nicky Morgan are in line for top jobs in the Cabinet

While the Telegraph thinks more women will get roles.

David Cameron is putting the finishing touches to a reshuffle that could involve a number of high-profile ministers being moved or demoted in order to promote women to the Cabinet.

The reshuffle is likely to be more extensive than originally expected, with the Prime Minister expected to address concerns about the lack of women in senior positions by giving jobs to a series of rising female stars.

While nothing has been confirmed, Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, and Kenneth Clarke, the minister without portfolio, are both understood to be vulnerable in the shake-up, expected early next week.

As does the Express where Cameron’s lack of female cabinet members is described as a ‘problem’ that the Prime Minister is likely to address.

David Cameron is expected to attempt to tackle his “women problem” in his latest Cabinet reshuffle.

In what could be the Prime Minister’s most radical mninisterial shake-up to date, Mr Cameron is thought to be considering promoting more women and younger men to Cabinet positions.

Meanwhile older ministers could see themselves returning to the backbenches, as the Prime Minister revamps the Cabinet.

While in opposition, Mr Cameron had promised that a least a third of his ministers would be female.

So far he has failed to meet this target, with just 18 per cent of ministerial posts currently taken up by women.

Although no moves have yet been confirmed, several female MPs have been rumoured to be in with a chance of a Cabinet seat.

And the Sunday Times claims that Cameron has several women in mind for top jobs

David Cameron has lined up a dozen women to become the new faces of the Tory party in the run-up to the general election.

Senior sources say that at least 10 women will be promoted in his reshuffle this week and others will be ordered to television studios to replace the “old white men in suits”.

At least three more women are in the running to become Britain’s commissioner in Brussels. Cameron needs to pick a candidate this week.

While the Guardian claims the addition female Cabinet members will be appointed at the expense of some senior males.

David Cameron is planning to embark on the most far-reaching reconstruction of his government next week as he promotes a new generation of women and younger men in an attempt to present a youthful and modern face of the Tory party to Britain at next year’s general election.

In a slight twist, the Mirror claims Iain Duncan Smith refused to be moved out of his position as Work and Pensions Secretary two years ago .

David Cameron plans to haul Iain Duncan Smith out of his job in charge of Work and Pensions, reports the Sunday People.

It would allow the hated Bedroom Tax to be axed and get Universal Credit back on track after the mess IDS has made of it.

The PM wanted to move the Work and Pensions Secretary two years ago but was thwarted when the former Tory leader threatened to quit the Cabinet.

Now Mr Cameron has come up with a new scheme to get the ex-Guards officer to swap jobs with Defence Secretary Phil Hammond.

The Lib Dems are also planning a reshuffle, according to the Independent But separate from the Conservatives.

Nick Clegg has told David Cameron he will not take part in this week’s major government reshuffle in a sign that the Deputy Prime Minister is putting greater distance between the Coalition parties in the months before the general election.

Sources close to the Lib Dem leader revealed that Mr Clegg would hold his own reshuffle shortly before his party’s conference in Glasgow in October. As a result, the shake-up this Tuesday will be confined to Tory MPs and ministers.

Paedophiles in Parliament?

Another story covered by many of the papers is the alleged paedophile network within the Palace of Westminster.

The Telegraph  claims the problem was so big it could not be tackled.

A former social services official has said his warnings about the threat of a Westminster-based paedophile network were ignored because “there were too many of them over there”.

David Tombs, who ran Hereford and Worcester social services, said he warned the government after the arrest of paedophile Peter Righton in 1992.

Two inquiries have been launched into historical claims of child abuse.

Tim Yeo MP, a junior health minister in the early 1990s, said he was “staggered” by the claims.

He added that he was “not aware” of a culture of child sex abuse during his time as a health minister, and said he was puzzled as to why Mr Tombs did not take his concerns further at the time and speak to his local MP.

And the Guardian  Claims it has seen letters from a Labour MP to a teenager in a care home in the 1970s.

Copies of old letters sent to a young boy in a care home by a Labour peer now at the centre of paedophile allegations reveal how the politician cultivated an extremely close relationship with the teenager over a two-year period.

The letters, which have been seen by the Observer, raise serious questions about the peer’s motives. Several are signed with “love from” and show how the peer was assiduous in writing to the boy and arranging for them to meet, sometimes in a hotel. The boy, now a married man with children, has alleged that he was sexually abused by the peer.

Scottish independence

Just a few months off the Scottish referendum on independence, more threats are emerging north of the Border.

The Telegraph claims that if the ‘Yes’ vote is carried, savers in Scotland would not be able to buy Premium Bonds.

National Savings & Investments has said that in the event of Scottish independence people living north of the border – unless they have a bank account with an institution then on the south side – will no longer be able to invest in Premium Bonds or other NS&I accounts.

Investors could keep their existing holdings, but new money would have to be turned away.

NS&I, which is unique in being regulated directly by the Treasury rather than by other financial authorities, said its rules would need to change if it were to allow savers in an independent Scotland to invest fresh money. At the moment only non-resident savers with a UK bank account can save with NS&I, although they are excluded from owning Isas.

A spokesman said: “In the event of Scottish independence current rules would prevent anyone with only a Scottish bank account from buying NS&I products.”

And the Express threatens the Scots if they disliked former premier Margaret Thatcher, becoming independent would be worse.

Former Chancellor Lord Lamont has warned that independence would be “worse for Scotland than Thatcherism”.

Lord Lamont of Lerwick, who spent 11 years in government alongside Margaret Thatcher, said separation would result in deeper public spending cuts than those seen in the 1980s.

Making his first intervention in the debate, the 72-year-old becomes arguably the most senior Scottish-born Conservative politician to speak out against Alex Salmond’s plans.

Lord Lamont of Lerwick – who was also John Major’s Chancellor from 1990 to 1993 – was frank about the “dangers” of independence.

While insisting he has the utmost admiration for his home country, he said the break-up of Britain would leave Scotland teetering on the brink of a very uncertain future.

Scotland’s stars take sides in independence debate in the Guardian 

Sean Connery and Frankie Boyle say yes. David Tennant and Susan Boyle say no. Will Scots be swayed by the celebrity vote?

The Better Together campaign is to unveil later this week a phalanx of UK celebrities ready to lovebomb the Scots into sticking together for the union.

One of the more enjoyable sideshows of the Scottish independence campaign has been counting in the entertainers as they step forward to give us their considered opinion on the issue. Many of the big names who have spoken so far live in England or abroad and will not even be allowed to vote. Sir Alex Ferguson, Billy Connolly, Sir Sean Connery andAlan Cumming have all spoken eloquently about their vision for Scotland inside or outside the Union – yet none of them is permitted to participate.

Channel 4 faces problems

In television, the Mirror reports that Channel 4 is facing demands to axe a controversial drama.

Channel 4 is facing furious demands to axe a controversial drama that hijacks a real terrorist murder of a senior Tory MP for entertainment.

The family of Airey Neave are fighting to ban the fictional thriller, which uses genuine  news footage of the car bomb that killed him in the Commons car park, from being aired tomorrow.

Producers of the drama Utopia pretend that his 1979 death was perpetrated by a secret MI5 cell, when in fact he was murdered by the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), an IRA splinter group.

 

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