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Life in the clouds Steve Jobs announces the iCloud, Apple’s online storage service
First suicide shown on TV BBC films last moments of hotelier, with wife at his side
Healing hooves How troubled children change dramatically after ‘horse therapy’
Oil price jumps Opec confounds West by voting to stick to production quotas
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By James Kirkup and Christopher Hope DAVID MILIBAND has been forced to deny that he is waging a campaign to destabilise his brother as Labour leader.
He has instructed his allies to support Ed Miliband, despite doubts over his performance, in an attempt to shore up his brother’s position.
The intervention came as Ed Miliband faced questions about tension between him and the brother he beat to the leadership.
A “malicious” group of David Miliband’s supporters is trying to undermine Ed Miliband, according to one of his front bench team. However, David Miliband issued a statement on Sunday urging his backers to support his brother. “I have moved on from the leadership election and so should everyone else,” he said.
“Ed won, I stand fully behind him and so should everyone else. I called for unity last October and I repeat that now. We all have our part to play in supporting Ed and the front bench team to ensure we expose this Government for its reckless policies that are damaging the
EVEN THE WIVES ARE AT WAR, BOOK CLAIMS
‘I stand fully behind Ed’ says David Miliband (right) of his brother, the Labour leader (left)
country. The rest is soap opera of which I want no part and the public have no interest.”
Ed Miliband was this week attempting to distance himself from Labour’s troubled past by admitting that under Gordon Brown, Labour came to be seen as the party of benefit cheats and bankers. Opinion polls show Labour barely ahead of the Conservatives and Mr Miliband has faced criticism from colleagues who think it should be doing much better.
He has also been dogged by his decision to run against his brother for the Labour leadership last year. A new biography of Ed Miliband claims there are deep tensions between the two men.
Diane Abbott, a Labour health spokesman, accused David Miliband’s supporters of trying to damage Ed
THE rift between Ed Miliband and his elder brother, David, extends to their wives, a new book claims.
Ed Miliband’s wife, Justine Thornton, is said to have been deeply hurt by the frosty stance reportedly adopted by her sisterin-law, Louise Miliband, since her husband’s surprise decision to stand for the leadership last year.
Based on interviews with close friends and colleagues of the men, the book depicts a deep rift in the Miliband family that some fear will never heal. It claims that an increasingly ill-tempered election campaign developed into a family schism, evident as much at children’s birthday parties as
Miliband. “This is just malice from people who can’t believe David lost,” she said.
Despite the show of unity, even loyalists accepted that Ed Miliband had political troubles. John Healey, the shadow health secretary, said he had not yet made a mark with voters. “He’s like any opposition leader. It always takes time to establish himself with the public.”
Mr Miliband tried to define his leadership on Monday with a speech criticising his predecessor’s record. For “too many people at the last political meetings, to the distress of the men’s mother, Marion.
Despite his disappointment at failing to secure the Labour crown last year, David Miliband was careful to be gracious in defeat, the book says. But his wife was less forgiving and “cut him [Ed] dead”, the book claims.
In Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader, the authors, Mehdi Hasan and James Macintyre, claim it was “the start of a breakdown in the family”.
Miss Thornton and Mrs Miliband are themselves said to have fallen out, while the two men are portrayed as communicating largely through officials.
election”, Labour came to be seen as “the party of those ripping off our society,” he said.
Mr Miliband suggested policies to tackle a lack of responsibility among both the richest and the poorest. He said companies should publish “pay ratios” showing their executives’ pay as a multiple of their lowest-paid workers. “It is said we cared too little about responsibility at the bottom of society. No more. We will be a party that rewards contribution, not worklessness,” he said.
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as much as recommended. He cut the wasteful spending in only four of the areas identified.
At the time that the Treasury document was produced, Mr Balls was still a backbench MP and would not have been on the official circulation list.
However, other files show he was playing an important role in drawing up Mr Brown’s policies. Before the October 2007 spending review he was made a Treasury minister, then given a Cabinet seat as Secretary for Children, Schools and Families.
The Coalition seized on the disclosures as evidence that Mr Brown’s “reckless” decisions over public spending left the country in a vulnerable position when the economic downturn hit Britain.
A Conservative source said: “This document shows the reckless approach of Brown and Balls which left Britain dangerously exposed to the economic crisis.”
Michael Fallon, the deputy chairman of the Conservative Party, said: “As recently as last year, Ed Balls and Ed Miliband were denying something we now know to be true. While Britain’s debt doubled, welfare spending spiralled out of control and education standards fell, they were obsessing about getting rid of the elected prime minister and putting Gordon Brown into the position.
“Instead of owning up to their role in a dysfunctional government and coming up with a credible plan to deal with the problems facing Britain, they are starting to plot against each other. They can never be trusted with government again.”
Another leaked memorandum warns Mr Brown and Mr Balls that plans to scrap the 10p tax rate would hit millions of poorer Britons and pensioners, but the change was still introduced.
Mr Brown later denied that there would be any losers from the tax changes, before being forced to announce an emergency compensation plan.
Last week, Mr Balls claimed his political enemies were attempting to exploit the documents and misrepresenting their content.
Other documents reveal how Mr Brown wanted to create a British constitution. Detailed plans for a Bill of
Rights were prepared, including possible regulations for the media, but the proposal was quietly dropped after he moved into No10.
The disclosure of the economic documents in the Ed Balls files follows his demands that the Coalition abandons its public spending cuts. Earlier, Mr Balls demanded that George Osborne, the Chancellor, draw up a “Plan B” for spending if the economy deteriorates.
In the wake of the disclosures over his role in plotting to oust Mr Blair, Mr Balls denied he had acted improperly.
He also claimed that Labour began discussing the “transition” from Mr Blair to Mr Brown before the 2005 general election, even though Mr Blair had promised to serve a full third term.
In a radio interview, Mr Balls was asked: “Even though publicly Mr Blair had said he would serve a full third term, he wasn’t saying that privately?” Mr Balls replied: “Yes.”
A friend of Mr Blair said: “Ed is basically saying Tony deceived the public at the 2005 election. That is not true.”
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parts of Bedfordshire, and western Norfolk were officially experiencing drought conditions.
Sunday’s downpour – which came days after the Government encouraged water rationing – brought back memories of the hot summer of 1976, when the skies opened shortly after the government appointed a “Minister of Drought”.
Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, has announced measures to reduce water use.
Households across Britain are bracing themselves for hosepipe bans and rising food prices. Farmers in East Anglia and the South East, who harvest half of the country’s grain, have already lost much of the crop.
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By John Bingham and Richard Alleyne IF IT had been down to a public vote it would have happened years ago.
At last, Downing Street has bowed to popular demand and given Bruce Forsyth a knighthood.
His inclusion in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, which was announced last Saturday, comes almost 70 years after he embarked on a career in entertainment as a 14 year-old, declaring: “I want to be famous because I want to buy my mum a fur coat.”
The decision to bestow the accolade on the 83-year-old Strictly Come Dancing host follows an extraordinary public campaign.
His absence from previous honours lists prompted a campaign on the Facebook website, and even a motion in the House of Commons.
“This is more than a Brucie bonus, this is the ultimate,” Sir Bruce said last week.
“When I look back at all the years I have been in the
ENGLAND’S cricketers are recognised in the Birthday Honours for their Ashes victory in Australia — the first in 24 years.
Andrew Strauss, 34, the captain, is appointed OBE as is the coach, Andy Flower, 43. The player of the series, Alastair Cook, 26, is made an MBE. Gloucester-born Cook scored 766 runs, the second highest total by an England batsman in any Ashes series.
The horse racing trainer Henry Cecil, 68, is knighted for a career spanning more than 40 years in which his horses have won 34 classics at home and abroad.
business, this does top everything.”
The king of Saturday night entertainment is among 965 people from the worlds of entertainment, politics, the arts, sport, science, education and the public services receiving recognition.
Colin Firth, the actor who won an Oscar earlier this year for his role as George VI in The King’s Speech, receives a CBE.
Bryan Ferry, the Roxy Music singer, is also made a CBE while Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graeme Garden, former stars of the television comedy The Goodies, are made OBEs. Their co-star, Bill Oddie, received the accolade two years ago.
Brooke-Taylor, 70, admitted that he was “a little surprised” to be chosen, after repeatedly lampooning the honours system in sketches in the 1960s, in which he joked that Harold Wilson gave titles away “like sweets”.
Jenni Murray, the presenter of Radio Four’s Woman’s Hour, is made a dame, and Mervyn King, the Governor of
The golfer Lee Westwood, 38, is appointed an OBE.
There are MBEs for three of Britain’s London 2012 Olympic medal hopefuls: the world heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis, 25; the world triple jump champion Phillips Idowu, 32; and the 15-time Tour de France stagewinning cyclist Mark Cavendish, 26.
The former basketball player John Amaechi, 40, who grew up in Stockport, Greater Manchester, before moving to the US and becoming one of the game’s biggest stars, is made an OBE.
the Bank of England, is knighted.
In science, Prof Robert Edwards, the 85-year-old IVF pioneer, is knighted eight months after being awarded a Nobel Prize for work that led to the birth in 1978 of Louise Brown, the world’s first test tube baby.
In the legal field, Mark Stephens, an outspoken lawyer best known for his work challenging so-called super injunctions and representing Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, receives a CBE.
Gary Farrow, a publicist whose clients include Gordon Ramsay, receives an OBE for services to the music industry and charity.
The vast majority of honours go to ordinary members of the public in recognition of years of dedication and service.
They include Patricia Gilman, a school lunchtime supervisor from Harrow, north-west London, who receives an MBE after caring for almost 3,000 children over 30 years. In Bristol, 90-yearold Joyce Harper, who has taught dance to young people since 1946, is also made an MBE.
Sir Bruce has received an OBE and a CBE in the past but the failure to knight him led to allegations of “snobbery” in the honours system towards light entertainment.
Forsyth became a household name as host of Sunday Night at the London Palladium in 1958. His subsequent hit television shows have included The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and Strictly Come Dancing.
Bruce Forsyth strikes a trademark pose: the 83-year-old star, who receives a knighthood, is pictured with his wife, former Miss World Wilnelia Merced. He said he could not wait to call her ‘my lady’
THE artist Sam Taylor-Wood, best-known for filming David Beckham sleeping and directing Nowhere Boy, a biopic about the childhood of John Lennon, is made an OBE. The 44 year-old, from Croydon, south London, described it as an “incredible honour”.
Julia Donaldson, 62, the author of the children’s book The Gruffalo, is made an MBE days after she was named Children’s Laureate. She has written more than 120 books.
Bernard Cribbins, 82, the actor and comedian whose career has spanned more than half a century, is made an OBE.
Kate Atkinson, the Yorkshireborn novelist whose book Case Histories has just been televised on BBC One, is made an MBE.
Emma Freud, 49, the broadcaster, is recognised with an OBE for her work on Comic Relief with her partner, the filmmaker Richard Curtis.
Brooke Kinsella, the actress, is appointed MBE for her work combating knife crime following the murder of her brother Ben.
CHRIS WOODHEAD, the former Ofsted chief who once claimed there were 15,000 incompetent teachers in Britain, is knighted in the Birthday Honours list.
The former Conservative Party adviser is now a professor of education at the private University of Buckingham.
He has recently turned his attentions to health issues, having been diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
He has said that he would prefer to take his own life rather than live through the final stages of the disease.
Lord Howard, the former Conservative leader for whom Sir Chris served as an adviser, is made a Companion of Honour.
He joins his former colleagues Sir John Major and Lord Patten of Barnes, as well as luminaries such as Prof Stephen Hawking, Sir David Attenborough and David Hockney, the artist.
Sir Gus O’Donnell, the head of the Civil Service, is made a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Bath.
A MOTHER who started a campaign to recruit bone marrow donors after her son developed leukaemia said he will be “smiling” from heaven as she was given an OBE.
Beverley De-Gale, 51, decided to take action in 1996 when her son, Daniel, faced odds of one in 250,000 of finding a donor match as a member of an ethnic minority.
At the time only 550 people on the 285,000-strong UK bone marrow donor register came from an African or Caribbean background.
With her partner, Orin Lewis, she founded the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust. Since it began, the Trust has signed up 35,000 bone marrow donors and saved at least 31 lives.
Daniel found a donor and lived for another nine years.
“I know that my son will be smiling,” said his mother.
By Andrew Osborn in Guvecci and Richard Spencer A MASS grave containing the bodies of at least 10 soldiers was discovered by Syrian troops on Sunday night in a town stormed by government forces in the north of the country.
At least four of the corpses in the grave, found outside the military police headquarters in the town of Jisr al-Shughour, near the Turkish border, had been decapitated or struck on the head by an axe, according to those present.
The government claimed the bodies, all still in uniform, were evidence of an attack by “armed gangs” on security forces, which it said claimed 120 lives last week. But residents and some defecting soldiers who have fled over the border claimed the dead were local recruits shot by officers for refusing to open fire on peaceful protesters.
They also claimed that the army had used brutal tactics to recapture the town at the weekend.
“The soldiers told us that they would kick us into the sea,” Mohammed Migdem, 60, told The Telegraph.
“They killed my uncle’s son and I helped lift several dead bodies into cars with my own hands.” Witnesses on Sunday night described how they had seen two boys trying to escape killed by fire from government tanks.
The unrest in Syria has claimed 1,500 lives since March, according to human rights groups.
Britain, France and America have led international criticism of the violence, but lack of support from the Arab League has made outside intervention unlikely.
China and Russia have also so far opposed a motion of condemnation at the United Nations.
A senior Western diplomat in Damascus dismissed the government’s claims about armed gangs: “The official version is improbable. Most people had left Jisr al-Shughour after seeing the regime’s scorched earth policy.”
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By Nick Collins CONSERVATIVE ministers have retreated from their promise to limit benefit payments to £26,000 a year in an attempt to appease the Liberal Democrats.
The Government pledged that no household living on state handouts should earn more than the average family, after a number of reports of large jobless families claiming more than £100,000 a year in welfare.
But on Sunday, Lord Freud, the Tory welfare reform minister, told the BBC’s Politics Show that it would be unfair to punish larger families, and that there would be some exemptions. “We’re looking at exceptional circumstances which some people may find themselves in and we are going to be putting out arrangements for that later in the year,” he said.
Ministers were said to be looking “very carefully” at ways of ensuring that larger households are not treated unfairly.
The move came after a similar concession to the Lib Dems over NHS reforms, while the Government has also stepped back from positions on rubbish collections and criminal sentencing.
The proposed cap of £26,000 was described by George Osborne as the amount “the average family gets for going out to work”.
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