The lead stories in today’s media are very diverse, with little agreement on what the main stories should be.
Jeremy Corbyn has his space in some of news outlet. Sky News reports that he has told his critics that he won’t quit if his MPs revolt.
Jeremy Corbyn begins his first party conference as Labour leader today vowing to carry on even if his MPs try to oust him.
Defying critics such as Peter Mandelson and other leading Blairites who want to remove him, he insists he will not quit or be forced out.
“There is a democratic process in the party and that can be operated at any time,” he tells The Observer.
“But am I going to resign? No. Of course not. No. No. I will carry on.”
He also claims he could see himself as Prime Minister in five years’ time, declaring: “I think about the issues, the opportunities and the responsibilities that go with that, of course.”
The Guardian claims Corbyn has said he has what it takes to be Prime Minister.
A defiant Jeremy Corbyn has insisted that his own MPs will never force him out of the Labour leadership as he calls on voters and party supporters to respect him as the head of a powerful new movement on the left of British politics.
Ahead of his first conference as leader, which opens in Brighton on Sunday, Corbyn says those who think he could be persuaded to resign in time for a new leader to be put in place before the next election underestimate his determination and his mission to reach No 10.
In an exclusive interview with the Observer, Corbyn hits backs at New Labour critics such as Peter Mandelson, who suggested that his leadership would implode when people realised that he was unelectable.
Asked whether he might be persuaded to step down of his own accord if things went badly and Labour looked as if it might lose the 2020 election, Corbyn said he would go only if he was ousted formally in a full leadership contest – one that would be decided by the votes of the entire party membership.
“There is a democratic process in the party and that can be operated at any time. But am I going to resign? No. Of course not,” he says. “No. No. I will carry on.”
Sky News also reports that Harriet Harman has criticised Corbyn for his all-male senior cabinet.
Harriet Harman has dramatically broken her silence over the election of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader by condemning his failure to appoint women to top jobs.
The party’s former acting leader, who stayed scrupulously neutral during the leadership contest, hit out at the “clean sweep of men” in senior positions and called on the party to “sort it out”.
Although the Shadow Cabinet has 16 women and 15 men, Mr Corbyn has been attacked for failing to appoint women to top jobs like shadow chancellor, which went to his closest ally John McDonnell, and shadow home secretary, given to leadership runner-up Andy Burnham.
The Labour leader responded to the criticism – in what was seen as a panic move – by handing Shadow Business Secretary Angela Eagle the title of Shadow First Secretary of State and announcing she would deputise for him at Prime Minister’s Questions.
And ITV reports that the Labour Party is to announce review into its policy-making process.
Labour is set to overhaul its policy-making process, in a review expected to be unveiled at the party’s annual conference in Brighton.
The new system would aim to give greater power to party members and registered supporters and could see an end to the National Policy Forum.
The announcement is expected to be made by Angela Eagle, the current chair of Labour’s Policy Forum, and would be the first official step to a way of opening up politics, the party said.
Addressing the Labour Women’s Conference on Saturday, party leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “We’ve got a fantastic opportunity now here in 2015 to shape our party, shape our community, and move on to fantastic victories in the future.
“To liberate the poorest from the misery and poverty in which they live and to be a force for good for peace, human rights and justice around the world.”
This story is also covered by the BBC.
Labour is to unveil plans at its annual conference in Brighton to overhaul its policy-making process in the wake of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership victory.
A review could lead to the end of the National Policy Forum and give all party members and registered supporters power over policies.
Sources close to Mr Corbyn say voters want a new direction.
Meanwhile a frontbencher is warning moderate MPs are at risk of being purged by the party’s leftist elements.
The practice of mandatory reselection, introduced by supporters of the late Tony Benn in the 1980s to weed out MPs opposed to the hard left, would force every Labour MP to face a reselection battle.
Their constituency party would look at the sitting MP’s parliamentary record and consider their suitability for the next election.
Some of Mr Corbyn’s leading supporters strongly back the idea of reselection, but the Labour leader has ruled it out.
Shadow culture secretary Michael Dugher said the practice had been tried in the 1980s, and failed. He added it was time to “stop the punishment beatings” of moderate MPs.
Refugees heading to Germany
City AM reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s popularity has dropped over Germany’s generous refugee policy
Angela Merkel’s popularity figures are tumbling over her generous response to the refugee crisis, as anti-refugee sentiment mounts in Germany.
Two polls published today show the German Chancellor’s popularity dropping sharply, over accusations that her handling of the crisis has brought a greater number of refugees to Germany than the country is able to handle.
Merkel’s popularity was down to 1.9 on a scale from -5 to 5 in a poll for ZDF Television, and down five percentage points to 63 per cent in a poll for Der Spiegel.
Germany, already the country that accepts the majority of the EU’s refugees, is expecting some 800,000 asylum applicants this year alone.
The German public is increasingly conflicted about the generous policy, as a recent poll showed that although half of Germans agree with Merkel’s refugee policy, nearly as many think the country ought to accept fewer refugees.
Earlier this week EU ministers agreed on a plan to set binding quotas for EU countries to accept migrants. 120,000 refugees are to be relocated across Europe, in a plan that the United Kingdom is not participating in.
And Breitbart reports that the immigrants massing in the Netherlands in an effort to try and get to the UK are complaining that the food they are given is not very good, the internet is slow and they are not given enough money to buy cigarettes.
A video posted on Live Leak shows the migrants, who many believe to be desperately poor refugees, complaining about the lack of home comforts in the camp.
One says how “breakfast is small, lunch small” with another adding how “bored” they all feel. “You can just eat, sleep, use the slow internet, it’s so bad.”
He added, in surprisingly good English: “We asked them for language courses, but they said we don’t have it now because this is an emergency camp.”
The first then complains how the authorities haven’t given him enough money to buy cigarettes.
The video concludes with them complaining about the “service”.
Ter Apel is the main centre where newly-arrived migrants must present themselves for registration.
Syrian air strikes
In news broken just a few minutes ago, the BBC reports that France has launched air strikes against IS in Syria
France has carried out its first air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria.
The president’s office said that French planes struck targets identified during reconnaissance missions conducted over the past fortnight.
France co-ordinated with regional partners for the operation, a brief statement said.
French jets have previously carried out air strikes against IS targets in neighbouring Iraq.
“Our country thus confirms its resolute commitment to fight against the terrorist threat represented by Daesh,” the French Presidency said, referring to the militant group with a different acronym.
“We will strike each time that our national security is at stake,” the statement added.
President Francois Hollande announced earlier this month that France was preparing to send jets to Syria, beginning with a period of reconnaissance to identify targets.
France, like the UK, has previously confined its air strikes against the Islamic State group to Iraqi airspace.
In the Sunday Times, columnist Dominic Lawson claims the US is right about pollution.
The inability to deal with the crises afflicting the European Union — a malfunctioning common currency and apparently unstoppable migration via the Mediterranean — is blamed by the European Commission on member states failing to act as one.
Yet unity behind a terrible policy is worse than any disagreement: and in no cause has the EU been more destructively united than in the battle against the alleged existential threat to the planet known as climate change.
While America and the developing world refused to sign up to the 1997 Kyoto treaty setting strict targets for reducing CO2 emissions, the nations of Europe, co-ordinated from Brussels, signed without a whisper of dissent. Britain was especially enthusiastic, in a vain delusion that we should achieve “global leadership” in the fight to “save the planet”.
Life on Mars
The Express speculates that NASA has found life on another planet.
NASA is preparing to unveil a ‘major finding’ on Monday that has raised speculation we are closer to discovering LIFE ON MARS.
The space agency will gather a host of experts to its headquarters in Washington for a briefing where it promises to announce it has solved a huge mystery surrounding the Red Planet.
NASA’s previous announcements have revealed groundbreaking findings, such as that in July of the discovery of Earth-life planet Kepler-452b, outside of the Solar System.
Experts at this event include Jim Green, the director of planetary science at NASA and Michael Meyer, lead scientist for the Mars Exploration Program.
One theory is they will announce microbial life on the planet but a more likely scenario is evidence of flowing water.
Those hopes have been given a boost by the attendance of scientist Lujendra Ojha, of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, at the Nasa announcement.
He first came up with the theory that Mars has liquid salt water flowing through it during warmer months.