Morning Call: pick of the papers

The ten must-read comment pieces from this morning's papers.

1. Immigration policy goes against our universities (Financial Times)

Revoking LMU’s licence to sponsor visas will have damaging implications, writes Richard Lambert.

2. As Ed Miliband knows, Labour must forgive the Lib Dems (Guardian)

The party should have embraced Nick Clegg's wealth tax proposals, isolating the Tories on the failing economy, writes Polly Toynbee.

3. Lib Dems can’t just leap into bed with Labour (Times) (£)

Principles matter in politics, writes Roy Hattersley. A party seen to switch sides out of self-interest is doomed.

4. Immigration is not just a numbers game (Daily Telegraph)

The system is rejecting many immigrants who would benefit the country, says a Daily Telegraph editorial.

5. Liberal Democrats must back Nick Clegg and let him finish the job (Guardian)

The Lib Dem leader challenged us to change from a party of opposition to one capable of carrying the burdens of government, says Paddy Ashdown.

6. Cameron’s English lesson for the French president (Financial Times)

Circumstance demands a strategist, writes Philip Stephens. Hollande, like the British prime minister, looks too much the tactician.

7. What the court battle of the oligarchs says about Britain (Independent)

Why can someone shovel cash into the UK without any enquiry into its provenance, asks Mary Dejevsky.

8. Paralympics opening enlightened the world (Daily Telegraph)

The Paralympics opening ceremony showcased the individuality and ingenuity that continues to make our nation great, says Melvyn Bragg.

9. R.I.P. Sir Rhodes Boyson - the cabinet needs working-class heroes like you (Daily Mail)

If the Prime Minister fancies a second term of office, he’d better promote a Rhodes Boyson or two, says Tom Utley.

 

10. Cameron and Obama could soon be drowning in debt (Daily Telegraph)

The voters will not be placated for ever by governments that fail to deliver on their word, writes Fraser Nelson.

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Lord Sainsbury pulls funding from Progress and other political causes

The longstanding Labour donor will no longer fund party political causes. 

Centrist Labour MPs face a funding gap for their ideas after the longstanding Labour donor Lord Sainsbury announced he will stop financing party political causes.

Sainsbury, who served as a New Labour minister and also donated to the Liberal Democrats, is instead concentrating on charitable causes. 

Lord Sainsbury funded the centrist organisation Progress, dubbed the “original Blairite pressure group”, which was founded in mid Nineties and provided the intellectual underpinnings of New Labour.

The former supermarket boss is understood to still fund Policy Network, an international thinktank headed by New Labour veteran Peter Mandelson.

He has also funded the Remain campaign group Britain Stronger in Europe. The latter reinvented itself as Open Britain after the Leave vote, and has campaigned for a softer Brexit. Its supporters include former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg and Labour's Chuka Umunna, and it now relies on grassroots funding.

Sainsbury said he wished to “hand the baton on to a new generation of donors” who supported progressive politics. 

Progress director Richard Angell said: “Progress is extremely grateful to Lord Sainsbury for the funding he has provided for over two decades. We always knew it would not last forever.”

The organisation has raised a third of its funding target from other donors, but is now appealing for financial support from Labour supporters. Its aims include “stopping a hard-left take over” of the Labour party and “renewing the ideas of the centre-left”. 

Julia Rampen is the digital news editor of the New Statesman (previously editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog). She has also been deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. 

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