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8pm ToryDiary: David Laws steps in as the Coalition's marriage counsellor

6.30pm WATCH: Angela Eagle suggests that David Cameron "calm down"

4pm WATCH: Theresa May answers questions about Olympics security during a tetchy Commons session

3.45pm Tory Diary: The OBR goes all Jetsons — and to George Osborne's benefit

1.15pm WATCH: Conservative MPs (and ConservativeHome's Paul Goodman) offer David Cameron advice on party management

11.30am ToryDiary: Politics trumps fiscal principle in the case of universal benefits

11am Local government: Conservative police commissioner candidates chosen for Devon and Cornwall, West Midlands, Cleveland and Durham

ToryDiary: Hague to launch comprehensive audit of how EU affects British life

CameronToryDiary: That Cameron-Jesse Norman clash. What really happened. Role of Prufrock revealed.

Columnist Andrew Lilico: Can the Coalition last until 2015 and should we care if it can't?

Matthew Sinclair on Comment: How to avoid the dangers of Root Canal Conservatism

Local Government: DCLG slashes staffing levels by 28%

The Deep End: ‘Casino capitalism’ – a disgraceful slur (on casinos)

WATCH: A BBC piece examines how social care might be funded

David Cameron promises 'one more try' on Lords reform…

"[Cameron] told the influential 1922 committee of MPs in the Commons: 'There is not going to be endless haggling with the Lib Dems either. We are going to have one more try to see if we can secure a way forward and achieve a smaller elected element … If we fail to do that then we need to draw a line. We are not going to go on and on with this and damage the rest of the Government's programme.' … One of the options was to cut the number of peers due to be elected in 2015. He told the MPs that he was looking at a 'smaller elected chamber'. The number could be cut from 120 to 92 — to replace the 92 hereditary peers in the Lords." – Daily Telegraph

Comment:

  • Cameron 2"The impression is steadily growing that the Prime Minister has lost his way. Against expectations, Mr Cameron, who at first seemed so capable and sure-footed, is coming to resemble John Major after the economic debacle of 1992, or Edward Heath after his U-turns in the early Seventies: adrift and at the mercy of events." – Peter Oborne, Daily Telegraph
  • "Tory MPs have issued a stern reminder to the government: the party’s responsibility is to revive the economy, not vandalise the constitution." – a Spectator editorial says that "the Tories are back"
  • "Is this where it’s all going, is this where every prime minister must go, eddying with the litter, floating as free as paper in the wind — and as confined?" – Matthew Parris, The Times
  • "The more hot-headed of the rebels want Cameron to tell the Lib Dems that Lords reform is now dead. But Cameron is not hot-headed. He is a cool politician who is playing a much longer game." – Andrew Gimson, Guardian
  • "Perhaps Mr Cameron does not really like Conservatives very much." – Norman Tebbit, writing yesterday on his Telegraph blog
  • "David Cameron v Jesse Norman: I wish I'd been there" – Simon Hoggart's sketch in the Guardian
  • "Don't jab your finger at those mutinous MPs, Dave. Try listening to them – at least they've got principles!" – Stephen Glover, Daily Mail

> Yesterday:

…but the Lib Dems still aren't too happy about it

  • Curse of clegg"Lib Dem sources immediately hit back, insisting that Mr Cameron had not consulted Mr Clegg about watering down the plan and that he wanted the original proposals to go through unamended." – Daily Mail
  • “There is little point in continuing with a coalition where one of the parties does not allow the other to get something it wants out of it. Cameron has got the summer to sort it out and then we will see.” – a senior Lib Dem, speaking to the Scotsman
  • "Clegg’s circle point out that now that the Tories have deviated from the coalition agreement, their leader can never again go to a meeting of the Liberal Democrat parliamentary party and tell them they have to vote for something because it is in the agreement. … Whatever they might say in public, the Liberal Democrat leadership know that their dream of electing the House of Lords by proportional representation is now effectively over. One says, 'realistically, I know it is dead.'" – James Forsyth, The Spectator
  • "All the talk about a coalition 2.0 has gone out of the window." – Martin Kettle, Guardian
  • Plaid Cymru urge the Lib Dems to join an anti-Tory alliance – WalesOnline

> Yesterday:

Cameron supports a) the wearing of crosses at work, and b) pensioner benefits

  • In response [to a question from David Davis, during PMQs, about the case of Nadia Eweida], Mr Cameron said he that he was fully supportive of employees' right to wear religious symbols at work, adding: 'I think it is an absolutely vital freedom.' … He went on: 'What we will do is that if it turns out that the law has the intention [of banning the display of religious symbols in the workplace], as has come out in this case, then we will change the law and make clear that people can wear religious symbols at work.' – Daily Telegraph
  • "'At the last election I made a very clear promise about bus passes, about television licences, about winter fuel payments. We are keeping all those promises,' Mr Cameron told MPs. … Downing Street sources later indicated that Mr Cameron intended those benefits to continue after the next general election. Campaigners welcomed his promise but vowed to remain vigilant against any attempt to chip away at pensioners’ entitlements." – Daily Express
  • "There is no doubt that savings must be made in public spending. … But the way to do this is to stop wasting money on freeloaders, stop pouring billions away in foreign aid and European Union membership subscriptions and start increasing labour productivity in the public sector." – Daily Express editorial

Yesterday on ToryDiary: PMQs: Miliband enjoys good performance against an easy target

William Hague to launch a "comprehensive audit" of the European Union's involvement in British politics

  • Hague"William Hague will today announce a 'comprehensive audit' of the reach of the European Union into life in Britain as the first step in renegotiating a looser relationship with Brussels. … The Foreign Office is to lead a major assessment of where powers have been ceded to Europe and what the impact is on the UK, government sources revealed. … The audit will report in 2014 – leading eurosceptic MPs to complain that it is little more than an exercise in kicking the issue into the long grass. … However, government sources insisted assessments in particular areas would be published as the audit progressed, and opportunities to seize back powers for Britain that arise before it concludes will be taken." – Daily Mail

From this morning's ToryDiary: "The audit would be an ideal preparation for future renegotiation talks."

Philip Hammond to announce that an additional 3,000-3,500 troops are on standby for Olympics security

  • HAmmond"Details of an additional 3,500 troops expected to be provided to help with 2012 London Olympics security are set to be announced by ministers later. … It comes after it emerged that UK armed forces are on standby to provide more troops in addition to 13,500 already agreed amid fears private contractor G4S may not have enough trained staff. … G4S said it had 'some issues in relation to workforce supply'." – BBC
  • "Anger within the armed forces at the manner in which the MoD has been called to the rescue has been replaced by weary resignation after a year in which the overall number of military personnel needed for 2012 duties has ballooned." – Guardian
  • "A Whitehall source said: ‘This is a fiasco. The Army will provide an insurance policy.’" – Daily Mail
  • "The games will provide a further depressing illustration of the weakness of the protections against censorious power." – Nick Cohen, The Spectator

The Commission on a Bill of Rights considers enshrining a "human right" to receive benefits

  • Raab"The Commission risks being hijacked by the human rights lobby. It is supposed to be looking at how to scale back the rights inflation and compensation culture that has undermined law enforcement, democratic accountability and personal responsibility. … Instead, it has churned out proposals for even more human rights to social housing, the minimum wage, welfare benefits and even the environment. That would give judges enormous power to set social policy without proper democratic accountability, and cost the taxpayer a fortune." – Dominic Raab, quoted in the Telegraph
  • "Welfare handouts were designed as a safety net against dire poverty. … Not as a freebie to which everyone has a birthright." – Sun editorial

A sceptical response to Andrew Lansley's social care plans

  • "Politicians have for decades been reluctant to spell out the painful realities of what an ageing population means for care services. Yesterday’s White Paper from Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, continues in that vein." – Daily Telegraph editorial
  • "The great criticism of Mr Lansley’s White Paper is that it proposes doing nothing soon. A year after Mr Dilnot’s commission delivered its report, and after a subsequent programme of consultation, Mr Lansley has now deferred any change until the next spending review, which could be in two years time." – Times editorial
  • "If Messrs Lansley and Burstow stood back and looked at what they had actually done, they would see that they have produced a White Paper full of charts and elaborations but missed the main point, which is how to pay." – Andreas Whittam Smith, Independent
  • Q&A on social care – Financial Times

Michael Gove faces criticism over a "PR drive" for schools reformGuardian

Viscount Astor, David Cameron's father-in-law, keeps up his opposition to HS2 Press Association

Nick Clegg failed to attend a meeting with the Queen, sending Ken Clarke in his placeTelegraph

Tony Blair's return to British politics continues apace

Blair"Tony Blair is to take his most active part in the Labour party since retiring from frontline politics, contributing ideas and experience to Ed Miliband's policy review. … Blair, who stepped down as prime minister five years ago, will be giving advice on the Olympic legacy and in particular how to 'maximise both its economic and its sporting legacies', Miliband said last night." – Guardian

Labour cannot be conservative – David Miliband's advice for his party, as he edits the New Statesman

Four members of the culture media and sport select committee have accepted tickets to the men's 100m athletics final at the OlympicsTelegraph

The latest batch of "X-files" to be released from the National Archives reveals the MoD's concern at UFOsGuardian

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