8.15pm Local Government: As the total identified of Council money in Icelandic banks tops £760m, is your Council on the list?

5.30pm ToryDiary: Tory split in London Assembly over illegal immigrant amnesty

Alex Deane on CentreRight: Coulter on Biden


4pm ToryDiary: Tories debate tactics on Ashton nomination

2.15pm CentreRight:

1.30pm Parliament: Chris Grayling on the need to reform welfare and bankruptcy laws

CentreRight: Dan Hamilton is horrified by the notion of Ken Livingstone as an EU Commissioner

12.45pm Local Government: The taxpayers £12,000 a month rent bill for family. Who is to blame? Ealing Council or the Government?

12.30pm ToryDiary: Centre for Social Justice wins Think Tank Publication of the Year

Noon Local Government: Pickles: The Video

11am WATCH: Video profile of George Osborne

Fivethings ToryDiary: Five things we need to hear from the Conservatives

Eulaws Mark Harper MP on Platform: All legislation should state if it originates from the EU

Talibanisation Ben Rogers on CentreRight: Pakistan is in grave danger of Talibanisation

Pickles Local government: Eric Pickles warns of £1bn black hole in local councils’ finances because of Iceland banking collapses

Cllr Susan Williams on local government reflects on her leadership of Trafford:
Local government deserves more freedom and power

WATCH: Political comedy video, Brown in the bunker as boom turns to bust

David Cameron welcomes interest rate cut

"I welcome the decision of the Monetary Policy Committee to cut interest rates by half a percentage point yesterday. I think the Liberal Democrats are completely wrong in saying that the independence of the MPC should be suspended. Yesterday’s action shows that the remit of the MPC is broad enough to take account of the need for lower interest rates." – The Tory leader writing in The Telegraph

Recession increases debt, debt increases family breakdown – Iain Duncan Smith writing in The Times

Cameron gets poor reviews for his PMQs performance

"David Cameron delivered one of his worst performances in the Commons – as the Conservative strategy for responding to the credit crisis was called into question." – Telegraph

> WATCH: Highlights of yesterday’s PMQs | Yesterday’s ToryDiary

32 takeaway curries sustained Alistair Darling’s team through their longest nightTimes

Nick Clegg: It would be madness to raise taxes now

Cleggnickonnewsnight "It would be madness to raise taxes now. In the short term, we have no choice but to run a deficit, and Liberal Democrat tax cuts will not change that. Tax cuts are affordable without additional borrowing if we trim spending and raise taxes for the wealthiest, as we propose." – The LibDem leader writing for The Independent

"Whichever party forms the next government, it will have to raise taxes or cut spending or both to bring the public finances back into balance. And that picture has not changed significantly in the past 24 hours." – Guardian

Edward Leigh condemns GPs’ pay deal

Leigh_edward_mp "Edward Leigh, the cross-party committee’s Tory chairman, said: "Partners in GP practices are now putting in less time and their productivity has decreased. Only their pay is burgeoning, having increased on average by an eye-watering 58% since 2003."" – Guardian

Boris promises hand-held TVs and Thames cruises for 2012 spectators Independent


Please use this thread to highlight other interesting news and commentary and visit for breaking political news and views throughout the day.

13 comments for: Thursday 9th October 2008

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.