The Oxfam scandal continues to dominate the news agenda as the charities watchdog begins its statutory inquiry. There are allegations the aid organisation may not have “fully and frankly disclosed” all details about the Haiti allegations to the authorities. It also faces the prospect of losing £29m in European funding over its handling of them.
Yesterday, the spotlight was fixed firmly on Oxfam as its senior bosses were hauled before the international development secretary and its deputy chief executive resigned in disgrace. Today, it may be shared by Whitehall, after the charity’s former head of safeguarding told Channel 4 News her concerns were reported to the government and to the Charity Commission in 2015.
The former Conservative leader, William Hague, has also been speaking about the scandal, saying that cutting the foreign aid budget in response to it would be a “blunder”.
Once again, the issue dominates many of the morning’s front pages:
US and UK defence secretaries at odds
There is a burgeoning diplomatic row between the UK and the US over the fates of two British men suspected of being members of an Islamic State execution group nicknamed “The Beatles”. The British defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, disagrees with his US counterpart, Jim Mattis, who believes Isis fighters should be tried in their countries of origin. They two men are attending a meeting of international ministers in Rome today.
Johnson lays out liberal vision for Brexit
A major speech on Brexit by the foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, is trailed this morning. Johnson plans to say the common market was part of a political project when he delivers his speech on Wednesday.
Corbyn continues Scotland tour
The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has said “we shouldn’t have hungry children in Scotland in 2018” ahead of a visit to a council-run scheme to provide meals for children during school holidays. His tour makes the front page of the Scotsman:
Rudd seeks to tackle online extremism
An artificial intelligence program that can detect Islamic State propaganda online with a 94% success rate has been developed, the Home Office announced on Monday. Today, the home secretary, Amber Rudd, is in the US, where she will address a Digital Forum event focused on tackling terrorism online.
Government urged to tackle energy prices
Energy price cap plans must be introduced urgently to stop millions of loyal and vulnerable customers being ripped off, a powerful committee has told the government. The story is carried on the front of City AM:
Homelessness policy problems return for Tories
The approach to tackling homelessness within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has already caused one headache for the government when the Tory leader of the council called for rough sleepers to be cleared ahead of the royal wedding.
It may be about to cause another as it emerges that the council plans to fine rough sleepers up to £100 for begging or leaving their bedding in public places.
Commonwealth succession under discussion, says report
And a “high level group” of Commonwealth officials is set to meet in London to consider who might succeed the Queen as its head, according to the BBC. The agenda for the all-day summit says there will be a discussion of “wider governance considerations”; seen as code for the succession.