Many of the papers report on the mess that Labour leader Ed Miliband is making of his leadership.
The Mail claims a comment from another minister that Miliband is a ‘liability’
Now a shadow minister plunges in the dagger: Tristram Hunt joins Labour revolt… as poll says Miliband is liability
Ed Miliband’s position as Labour leader is hanging by a thread after one of his key allies plunged the knife in.
Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt blasted Mr Miliband’s desperate attempt to revive his flagging personal ratings by ‘getting closer to voters’ as a ‘total failure’. The blow from such a senior Shadow Cabinet figure added to massive pressure on the Labour leader.
Embattled Mr Miliband plans to mount a ‘Churchillian’ fightback, vowing to win the Election ‘street by street’ and ‘house by house’. But his plans hit a devastating setback after Hunt revealed his doubts in private conversations with senior Labour colleagues.
He said: ‘I never believed the answer to Labour’s problems was to show people more of Ed Miliband. It was a ridiculous idea dreamed up by his advisers who have served him badly.
‘It has been a complete failure. It is making things worse, not better. Ed has excellent qualities but that is not the way to show them. It is absurd.’
The Times has a similar story
SUPPORT for Ed Miliband among his own voters has slumped to an all-time low, with more now saying he is not up to the job of prime minister than saying he is.
A YouGov poll for The Sunday Times found that only 34% of people who voted Labour at the last general election believe the leader of the opposition is up to the job of prime minister, compared with 51% a month ago.
Even the Guardian wades in.
Ed Miliband’s Labour party leadership was plunged into fresh crisis as senior Labour MPs revealed that at least 20 shadow ministers were on the brink of calling for him to stand down.
The frontbenchers are willing to go public with their demand if the former home secretary, Alan Johnson, indicates that he would be prepared to step into the breach, should Labour be left leaderless just months from a general election. The senior status of the potential rebels and their numbers represent another grievous blow to Miliband’s authority, after attempts by his aides to minimise the extent of dissatisfaction in the party.
The rebels are drawn from across the political spectrum within the party and say they are airing their discontent in response to attempts by Miliband’s aides to belittle the depth and reach of unhappiness among his MPs.
The Express takes a slightly different stance, claiming the whole Labour movement is ‘dying’.
ED Miliband’s beleaguered leadership suffered a fresh blow today, when an audio clip emerged of a Shadow Cabinet Minister saying the Labour movement is “dying”.
Speaking at a fringe meeting at the Centre for Labour and Social Studies conference this week, Shadow Welsh Secretary Owen Smith called on his party to be “bolder”.
In another attack on the Labour leadership, Mr Smith said unless the party was more “vigorous”, it would not attract new supporters and would become “lost”.
And the Independent claims there is a Jewish connection to the problem.
The Labour party is facing desertion by Jewish donors and supporters because of Ed Mili-band’s “toxic” anti-Israeli stance over Gaza and Palestine. In a fresh headache for the Labour leader, it is understood that Mr Miliband has been warned that Jewish backers are deserting the party in droves over what community leaders perceive to be a new, aggressive pro-Palestine policy at the expense of Israeli interests.
One prominent Jewish financial backer, a lifelong Labour supporter, said he no longer wanted to “see Mr Miliband in Downing Street or Douglas Alexander as Foreign Secretary”.
A senior Labour MP warned that Mr Miliband now had a “huge if not insurmountable challenge” to maintain support from parts of the Jewish community that had both backed and helped fund Tony Blair and Gordon Brown’s election campaigns.
At the same time, a former cabinet minister privately admitted that Labour’s fundraising efforts were in disarray. The former minister said the party would struggle to raise anywhere near the £19m a party is entitled to spend under electoral law in the run-up to next May’s poll. “We will have to pass the begging bowl round to the unions,” they said. “That would send a bad signal. In return, they [the unions] would demand to call the shots on policy.”
In other news The Times reports on the cash the former Prime Minister has earned from the Saudi royal family.
TONY BLAIR secured a secret contract with an oil company founded by a senior member of the Saudi royal family for a fee of £41,000 a month and a 2% commission on any of the multimillion-pound deals he helped broker, a leaked document reveals.
The contract agreed in November 2010 between Tony Blair Associates (TBA) and the oil firm PetroSaudi involved the former premier arranging introductions to his contacts in China, including senior political figures. The firm was told it could not divulge Blair’s role to anyone without permission.
It is the first time any detailed contract negotiated on behalf of Blair has been revealed. It is also the first evidence of his work for a Middle Eastern oil firm. The disclosure will provoke fresh criticism of Blair’s role as a Middle East envoy and his private and undisclosed business interests.
The Express reports on Tory plans to curtail EU immigration.
MIGRANTS from the EU will be banned from claiming jobless benefits under plans being drawn up by the Tories, it emerged last night.
Ministers believe the restriction, in the Whitehall blueprint for the new Universal Credit welfare system, is the best way to stop jobless migrants being attracted to Britain.
They also hope the policy will signal to voters that immigration from other EU countries can be cut following growing concerns that anger at the influx from Eastern Europe is driving Tory supporters into the arms of Ukip.
The move, backed by Tory Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, is almost certain to trigger a fresh row with Brussels.
But the Tories are set to argue that the move would not breach EU rules because it would not stop workers getting access to the British labour market and therefore would not conflict with EU freedom of movement.
The curb is expected to be officially announced in a speech on migration by David Cameron later this year.
The proposal is unlikely to be supported by the Lib Dems but could become a key pledge in the Tory manifesto for May’s general election.
The Queen’s poppies
Sky news reports on the Queen’s decision to continue with her annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph.
The Queen is to lay her traditional wreath at the Cenotaph later as Remembrance Sunday events are held across the country, one hundred years on from the start of World War One.
David Cameron said this year’s events were “particularly poignant” because 2014 marked a century since the start of the war, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and the end of UK involvement in Afghanistan.
The Queen will be joined at the Cenotaph by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
The Telegraph reports that metric measurements are to be used on road signs again.
New road signs using both imperial and metric measurements are to be introduced under Government plans.
In a move which will anger traditionalists, signs showing height and width restrictions will start to carry measurements in both feet and inches and metres and centimetres. The new-style signs will be introduced as old ones are replaced as part of plans to modernise the road network.
But motoring organisations have warned they could lead to confusion. Critics have also expressed concern it could lead to kilometres per hour being introduced on speed signs.