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9.15pm ToryDiary: A time for boldness and truth-telling

6.45pm Local government: Tories call for transparency on Iceland deposits crisis

5pm WATCH: John McCain distances himself from George W Bush in new video

4.15pm Seats and candidates: Another candidate steps down… John Woodward in Camborne and Redruth

4pm Peter Cuthbertson on CentreRight: Livingstone’s plan for the economic crisis – nationalisation without compensation and taxing those earning a bit more than him

2.45pm Parliament: Policing and criminal justice in Northern Ireland

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2pm WATCH: Video profile of Jeremy Hunt

1.15pm: Andrew Lilico on CentreRight: We’re going to have a fiscal expansion… should it be extra spending or lower taxes?

12.30pm CentreRight:

11am Parliament: Muslim Arbitration Tribunals

Local Government: Councils with money in Icelandic banks, the latest list as total nears £1 billion plus Crisis in Tamworth?

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ToryDiary: Beat recession with 2% interest rates urges John Redwood

Parliament: MPs might meet in QEII Centre during £350m renovation of Parliament

Philip Walker on Platform: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill – echoes of the slave trade?

Sir Cyril Taylor on Local government: How to really look after "Looked After Children"

Seats and candidates: Finalists for Nuneaton

International: Europe’s centre right leaders back second term for Barroso

Dan Hamilton on CentreRight: It all started with FannieMae

Michael Gove highlights educational inequality

"The extent of educational inequality in England is laid bare today with figures showing that in one area of the country barely 3 per cent of children achieved five good GCSEs last year. In the highest-performing area 100 per cent of children achieved five good GCSEs, against a national average of 45.8 per cent." – Times

Fraser Nelson: The Tories need an economic narrative

Nelsonfraser "As Enoch Powell once observed, the electorate like a tune they can whistle and Mr Brown’s genius has always been to give them that tune. His ‘no more boom and bust’ motif has been replaced by ‘we all got the American blues’. The Tories have not yet composed a tune with which to compete. From the wreckage of his economic bubble, Mr Brown has blown a new political bubble and is floating gleefully inside it. It is no good for Mr Cameron to grumble that it can’t last. The thing about bubbles is that one never can tell when they will burst." – Spectator

Good and bad economic news

"The number of people out of work rose at the fastest rate for 17 years during the three months to the end of August as the economy teetered on the brink of recession." – FT

"Petrol falls below £1 per litre for the first time since December and food prices tumble"Daily Mail

Frank Field: Labour have failed on welfare

Field_frank "300,000 new dealers under 25 have had to enrol twice on the course, 88,000 have enrolled for a third time, and more than 25,500 have started the scheme four or more times. The number of young people not in employment, education or training is at a record level, and 27,000 households with children have joined the workless roll since 2005. Half of all participants on the new deal for lone parents are repeating the scheme. So what of the other half of the welfare reform strategy, tax credits? This has cost taxpayers £69 billion, and yet most claimants, so to speak, have not followed the money into work. My feeling is that these credits have played an important part in raising the incomes of people already in work, but not in inducing a mass exodus from the welfare rolls.’ – Frank Field in The Telegraph

DFID under fire for wasting aid money

Scandalousfact"Millions of pounds of British aid to poor and war-torn countries has been wasted because of mismanagement and corruption, an official report reveals today. An investigation by the National Audit Office (NAO) found a series of expensive blunders by the Department For International Development (DFID)." – Independent

Salmond predicts Glenrothes victory as SNP gather in Perth for ConferenceBBC

Conservative support down in WalesWestern Mail

Sarkozy Sarkozy "seething" with Brown’s leadership of Europe’s response to financial crisisIndependent

Sarah Palin seen as beacon of hope for Republicans as Obama heads for landslide winTelegraph

And finally… the Prescotts were never invited to Chequers by the Blairs

""We never got close to the Blairs," [John Prescott] says in a new BBC2 programme called Prescott: The Class System And Me to be broadcast on 27 October. He adds: "It just didn’t happen. We were not their set; certainly we were not her set." – Independent | Sun

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