David Cameron receives warm applause during speech to UUP
"To wild applause from nearly 700 UUP delegates, Cameron promised that Northern Ireland MPs would soon ‘have a real prospect of holding office as ministers in a Westminster government’. Cameron’s speech, on his third anniversary as Tory leader, consolidated the ties between the Tories and the UUP. The parties will field joint candidates in Northern Ireland at the next European and Westminster elections." – Observer
Trimble defends Croydon Tory councillor with IRA past – Observer
David Cameron: How I’ll mend Britain’s broken society
"Yes, we do need tougher punishment, longer sentences and more prison places. But it’s not enough just to treat the symptoms of social breakdown – we need to treat its causes. The Conservative plan starts with supporting families. We have some of the highest rates of family breakdown in Europe – and some of the worst social problems in Europe. Don’t tell me these things aren’t related." – The Conservative leader writing in the Mail on Sunday
James Purnell’s welfare reforms are tougher than those of the Tories? – Fraser Nelson in the News of the World
The Sunday Times lists James Purnell’s plans on welfare:
- "Reform housing benefit to ensure the jobless can no longer live in large houses courtesy of the taxpayer.
- Allow companies to bid for contracts to place the long-term unemployed in work.
- Introduce a medical testing regime for people on incapacity benefit.
- Impose US-style “work-fare” schemes forcing those who refuse to take jobs to work in return for benefits."
Chris Grayling plans for whole family of welfare-dependents to be examined – Observer
Three years of David Cameron
"Cameron’s achievement in the past three years has been substantial. He inherited a party that had rarely been above 40 points in the polls for a decade. In the 25 polls undertaken since late September and Labour’s party conference, the Conservatives have dipped below that 40 mark just twice." – Iain Martin in The Sunday Telegraph
> Yesterday’s ToryDiary reviews three years of accomplishments and remaining challenges
More than thirty MPs no longer have confidence in Commons Speaker Michael Martin – BBC survey
I will go on and on, says defiant Speaker – The Sunday Times
"The Government is preparing new laws to allow investigators to mount parliamentary searches without a warrant." – Independent on Sunday
The Queen’s Speech reveals how few decisions Parliament has left to make – Christopher Booker in The Sunday Telegraph
Royal Navy cuts betray our brave sailors – Liam Fox in The Sunday Telegraph
Dominic Lawson: Savers won’t forgive Brown
"There are many more savers than borrowers in this country, and the millions who are net savers are increasingly furious about Brown’s dogged pursuit of the votes of those who have borrowed to the hilt. Somehow they have managed to put a bit aside, despite all the blandishments to do otherwise, and now the reward for their self-restraint is to be told to subsidise the I-want-it-now generation, while seeing the return on their savings being reduced to pin money." – Dominic Lawson in The Sunday Times
Gordon Brown has admitted to being thrashed by his headmaster while at High School – Sunday Telegraph
Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary, spent almost £50,000 on providing hospitality for just 20 guests – Sunday Telegraph
Northern Rock is accused of selling off 1,100 repossessed homes at bargain prices – Mail on Sunday
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