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Tories warned children will go ‘ill-clad, under-fed’ this winter – follow live

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‘Pensioners will have to choose between feeding their gas meters or feeding themselves,’ says Gordon Brown

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‘People will be going hungry’: Gordon Brown calls for urgent action on cost of living crisis’

Gordon Brown has warned that children will be forced to attend school “ill-clad and undernourished” if the government does not act to support people through the cost of living crisis now.

Mr Brown urged the government to prioritise putting foward a fresh package of help for families before the winter arrives “no matter what’s happening in the leadership programme.”

Speaking on Sky News this morning, the former Labour prime minister said there is “no doubt people will go hungry in October” – warning that if the government were to leave its intervention to November or December, “pensioners will have to choose between feeding their gas meters or feeding themselves.”

Meanwhile, camp Liz Truss has defended the leadership hopeful’s controversial rejection of emergency winter “handouts”.

Former Northern Ireland secretary told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “Rather than having handouts, what we do is have a low-tax economy that’s driving growth and therefore with people having more money in their pockets, they’re better placed to deal with some of the challenges that we see.”

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Dowden does not take ‘lessons’ in economics from Gordon Brown: ‘He’s not got a great record on this sort of thing’

Former co-chairman of the Conservative Party Oliver Dowden has said he does not take lessons on the economy from Gordon Brown after he yesterday warned that families were to encounter “a financial timebomb” come October.

Asked if there was a need amid the rising cost of living for daily emergency Cobra meetings, Mr Dowden told Sky News: “Of course we need to be on top of this situation and we need to be realistic and honest with people about the scale of the challenge that we’re facing.

“Both with the scale of inflation that’s coming down the line, something we haven’t seen for almost 40 years and with the fact that energy bills are going to go up, possibly towards £4,000.

“I would say though I don’t take enormous lessons from Gordon Brown, remember this was a man who gave us a 75p rise for pensioners, so he’s not really got a great record on this sort of thing.”

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Gordon Brown warns Tories children will go ‘ill-clad, under-fed’ this winter

Gordon Brown has warned that children will be forced to attend school “ill-clad and undernourished” if the government does not act to support people through the cost of living crisis now.

Mr Brown urged the government to prioritise putting foward a fresh package of help for families before the winter arrives “no matter what’s happening in the leadership programme.”

Speaking on Sky News this morning, the former Labour prime minister said there is “no doubt people will go hungry in October”, warning that if the government were to leave its intervention to November or December, “pensioners will have to choose between feeding their gas meters or feeding themselves.”

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Met Police subjected 650 children to ‘traumatising’ strip-searches

More than six hundred children were forced to endure “intrusive and traumatising” strip-searches by the Metropolitan Police over a two-year period, with Black boys disproportionately targeted, figures show.

Some 650 aged between 10 and 17 were strip-searched by the force’s officers between 2018 and 2020, according to data obtained from Scotland Yard by the Children’s Commissioner.

Of these children, 58 per cent were described by the officer as being Black, and more than 95 per cent were boys.

My colleague Maryam Zakir-Hussain has more:

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Labour slams Raab for ‘considering changes to ministerial accountability in judicial reviews’

The Justice Secretary is reportedly considering introducing changes that could limit ministers’ accountability in judicial reviews.

According to a leaked Ministry of Justice (MoJ) paper, reportedly seen by The Guardian, Dominic Raab is weighing up a move that would likely make it more difficult for claimants who have concerns about decisions taken by public bodies to bring successful legal challenges against the Government.

The document reportedly states: “You (Mr Raab) have indicated that you are minded to consult on further reforms to judicial review.”

Proposed changes in the document reportedly range from dictating the criteria judges must apply in cases, to increasing the cost burden if parties are found not to have standing.

Shadow justice secretary Steve Reed said the reported changes showed the government thinks “the law only applies to the little people”.

The Labour MP said: “This leak is yet more proof that the Lord Chancellor and this arrogant Conservative government thinks that the law only applies to the little people.”

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Major campaign bids to boost green investment in London

A major campaign aimed at boosting green investment across communities in London is being fronted by celebrities and sports stars.

The £500k Opportunity London Project is backed and partially funded by London mayor Sadiq Khan, the cross-party group London Councils, which represents the capital’s 32 boroughs, and the City of London Corporation.

A group of London Ambassadors, which will include recognisable names from the sporting and cultural worlds, will become the faces of the campaign, representing what London is about as a city.

The ambassadors will be selected and appointed over the next few months and will come from all backgrounds, including property, with some drawn from supporter organisations.

Their mission will be to showcase London as one of the best places in the world to invest – particularly in real estate, regeneration and green infrastructure.

Mr Khan said: “To maintain London’s place as a leading global city we need to compete for investment in sustainable growth with other leading cities.

Opportunity London is a great platform to do that, and I am delighted to be working with our partners to attract investment which will help us to build a better London for everyone, supporting good growth in our industries, jobs and communities.

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Thatcher’s energy secretary says Tory leadership contenders’ response to price spike ‘inadequate’

Margaret Thatcher’s former energy secretary has denounced the plans of the two candidates for the Tory leadership to deal with the power price crisis as “completely inadequate”.

David Howell said that the expected hike in the energy price cap to an average £3,700 or more will “paralyse” the lives of huge numbers of Britons.

He called for immediate action to relieve suffering this winter, both through grants and loans to those most vulnerable and through international diplomacy to open up more supplies of gas and oil.

Both Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss have said they are ready to look at means of easing pressure on families facing a cost-of-living crisis, with inflation forecast by the Bank of England to hit 13 per cent this year.

Our political editor Andrew Woodcock reports:

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Thousands of infected blood victims to receive £100,000 compensation ‘as soon as possible’

Thousands of victims of the infected blood scandal will receive £100,000 interim payments in compensation “as soon as possible”, the government is to announce.

The Infected Blood Inquiry was established to examine how thousands of patients in the UK were infected with HIV and hepatitis C through contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 1980s.

There are believed to be more than 4,000 surviving victims from what has been labelled the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS, during which about 2,400 people died.

Sir Brian Langstaff, chairman of the inquiry, last month called for the compensation to be paid “without delay” to all infected blood victims and bereaved partners.

Read the details in this report by Chiara Giordano:

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Pensioners to spend one pound out of every five on energy bills, warns Labour

One pound in every five spent by pensioners this winter will go on energy bills, Labour has warned.

With rises in the energy price cap forecast to push typical annual bills above £3,700 in October and as high as £4,400 in January and £4,700 in April, keeping warm will cost the elderly eye-watering sums.

Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves is understood to be finalising a package of support that Labour will propose as a means of staving off the worst hardship.

Without further support, the party calculates that pensioners’ spending on electricity and gas will this year be almost triple the figure for 2020/21, as a proportion of their outgoings.

Read the details in this report from our political editor Andrew Woodcock:

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Existing package not enough in ‘extraordinarily difficult times’ concedes Tory MP

Tory MP Damian Hinds conceded the existing package was not enough in these “extraordinarily difficult times”.

He told Sky News: “Things have been getting worse even since that was put into place in terms of projections for energy bills… and he’s been clear that more may well be needed and he is ready to do that as required.”

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Former PM Gordon Brown demands emergency fund before ‘financial timebomb’

Former prime minister Gordon Brown has demanded the government come up with an emergency budget before a “financial timebomb” in October “pushes millions over the edge”.

A report commissioned by the former Labour prime minister found that families will be up to £1,600 worse off this year, even after existing government support of up to £1,200 per household has been paid out.

The new report, carried out by Professor Donald Hirsch at Loughborough University, found that 13 million households – a fraction under half of the country – are at risk of fuel poverty after the next hike in the energy price cap to £3,700 or more in October.

“A financial timebomb will explode for families in October as the second round of fuel price rises in six months sends shockwaves through every household and pushes millions over the edge,” said Mr Brown.

If the prime minister and the contenders to replace him refused to put forward an emergency package, he said, “parliament should be recalled to force them to do so”.

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