Lunchtime news 14 May

Speaking on theToday programme, Gordon Brown announced a pledge to bring one million children out of bad housing by 2016. The Sun labels Brown ‘Bob the builder’ reporting that two million children will be helped into better housing by a new building programme.

The BBC has obtained a letter to the Treasury from local authority leaders which claims the number of migrants entering the Uk has been seriously underestimated.

The Financial Times, Guardian and Independent all report that Gordon Brown has underlined his determination to win over middle England with a pledge to create a ‘home-owning democracy.’

Meanwhile Brown’s leadership rivals received more robust treatment from the Chancellor during a debate over housing.

‘If our planning system is so slow and dreadful why has the UK economy outperformed almost all its competitors since the mid-1990s’ asks Brian Ross in a letter to the Guardian?