George Osborne’s hopes of succeeding David Cameron received a surprise boost yesterday when a Labour elder statesman backed him to become Prime Minister.
Frank Field said the Chancellor could emulate Margaret Thatcher, who made it to No 10 despite being unpopular at the start of her political career.
And in an equally remarkable tribute, former Minister Field compared Osborne’s £9-an-hour ‘living wage’ initiative in the Budget to Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee’s creation of the modern welfare state.
Field’s praise for Osborne, currently on holiday in Italy, follows polls showing the Chancellor’s ratings as a potential Prime Minister have soared in recent months.
Buoyed by the economic recovery, he is catching up with Tory leadership rivals Boris Johnson and Theresa May. Field said the ‘living wage’ proposal could help to transform Osborne’s image.
‘When Margaret Thatcher first came to people’s attention as Education Secretary, she was very unpopular,’ said Field, the only Labour politician who was a close confidant of Lady Thatcher. ‘But she changed and went on to become one of the great Prime Ministers. I think Osborne may do the same.’
As Education Secretary in Edward Heath’s Conservative Government in the early 1970s, Lady Thatcher was nicknamed ‘Thatcher the Milk Snatcher’ after she scrapped free milk in primary schools.
We must not forget Mr Osbourne younger days..
First-year university and college students will this year be offered vaccination to protect them against a deadly strain of meningitis, known as MenW.
GPs will be inviting those aged 17 and 18 to come for vaccination protection against meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by four meningococcal strains including MenW.
The vaccine is being introduced because there has been a rapid increase in cases of the highly aggressive strain of meningococcal disease, group W.
In 2009 there were 22 cases of meningitis caused by the MenW strain. By 2014 there were 117, and it now accounts for about a quarter of all laboratory-confirmed meningococcal cases in England. MenW also has a higher death rate than other strains of the disease.
As well as MenW, the vaccination also protects against other forms of the disease – meningococcal disease types A, C and Y – which can also be fatal or cause long-term complications for those affected. “The rise in MenW is particularly worrying as it causes more severe illness and a higher death rate than other strains,” said Chris Head, of the Meningitis Research Foundation. “That is why we are urging all who are eligible to make sure they get the vaccine.”
We reported from Bens trial that Exaro, who were the only mainstream press present throughout the trial, approached the bench and asked about reporting on the Pre trial allegations that were heard about Ken Clarke.
The judge ruled that no reporting was allowed until the case had finished.
I’ve waited until Exaro broke the story 1st in case there are other restrictions that I dont know about.
Tim Wood journalist for Exaro who was present everyday has reported
See full article http://www.exaronews.com/articles/5624/ken-clarke-police-investigate-second-claim-of-indecent-assault
Exaro has not mentioned the fact that it is alleged an other police force is conducting similar investigations.