5pm Martin Parsons on CentreRight: Sharia legitimises slavery
1pm Peter Franklin on CentreRight: The real Rab C Nesbitt by-election
Frontpage story in the Daily Mail: "Tory turmoil as Mayor Boris Johnson is forced to axe the deputy who lied about his past"
Ken Livingstone piles in: "In a mere two months in office Boris Johnson has already suffered the second resignation from among his most senior officials – Deputy Mayor Ray Lewis following Deputy Chief of Staff James McGrath two weeks ago. In my entire eight years in office I suffered only one enforced resignation of any of my most senior officials, Lee Jasper – and that only after seven years. This extreme contrast shows vividly the incompetence of Boris Johnson and his administration. It is an equal crisis for David Cameron who, it should be remembered, chose to make his first photo opportunity as Tory leader with Ray Lewis." – Quoted by the BBC
"Knife crime has overtaken terrorism as the No 1 priority for the Metropolitan Police, one of Britain’s most senior officers said yesterday." – Times
"Did a minister call Cameron a ‘f***ing toff’ in the Commons?"
"The Tory leader’s aides claimed Anne McGuire called him a ‘f***ing toff ‘ in response to a taunt to Labour MPs. It is said she used the insult in the crowded division lobby on Thursday night." – Daily Mail
"Although I continue to believe Gordon Brown is personally a man of integrity, his decision on Thursday night meant that he has allowed his Labour Party to condone sleaze in a Commons vote. He has offered David Cameron a real opportunity. Until now, brilliantly though he has performed as leader of the Opposition, Cameron has been open to the accusation that he does not present a real alternative. Cameron should now exploit the situation and put forward a series of tough measures that will eradicate the corruption and expenses fiddles that have tarnished British politics for so long." – Peter Oborne in the Daily Mail.
Funding of the Tory frontbench
"The scale and complexity of the aid given to the Conservative shadow cabinet by wealthy individuals and powerful companies was revealed this week in the latest register of MPs’ interests. It shows that the Conservative frontbench enjoys considerable financial aid from multimillionaires and growing material support from some of the biggest international accounting and management firms which are helping the party devise new policies for government. Cash donations, loans of cars, private jet flights and even a dozen silver goblets from Fortnum & Mason, are among the benefits." – Guardian
"The Liberal Democrats have made an attempt to be seen as the party of probity by promising to implement spot checks of their MPs’ expenses." – FT
Scottish Tory MEP John Purvis ‘cleared’ of expenses abuse – Herald
Glasgow East by-election
"Labour is to order virtually all of its Scottish MPs and MSPs to campaign in Glasgow East as it prepares for a "big fight" with the SNP in a knife-edge bid to save the Prime Minister." – Scotsman
Hain writing Mandela book – BBC
145,000 mortgage holders already in negative equity – Telegraph
Sharia law in Britain
"Allowing British Muslims recourse to Islamic law would be a charter for male dominance and peer-group bullying" – Matthew Parris in The Times
On CentreRight yesterday Douglas Carswell MP reflected on one judge’s support for aspects of sharia law.
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