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11pm ToryDiary: Tory support slips below 40% in ConHome Poll of Polls

5.45pm Professor Nick Bosanquet on CentreRight: From credit crunch to product crunch?

Saatchi_maurice_25.30pm ToryDiary: Maurice Saatchi to be new Chairman of CPS

5pm WATCH: Mandelson tells Lords about future of Royal Mail

4.45pm Local Government: LGA Chief Executive "takes leave"

4.15pm Parliament: Expenses for Lords just published

4.15pm Parliament: Giles Chichester claims that imperial measurements are safe

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2.30pm ToryDiary: Not the biggest divide in the world

12.30pm WATCH: David Cameron attacks Labour’s welfare plans for single parents

11.15am Parliament: George Osborne and Chris Grayling slate the Government’s economic and welfare plans

10.45am Graeme Archer on CentreRight joins the debate about election timing

Cameronpressconf_2 10.15am ToryDiary: During his monthly press conference David Cameron promises to oppose Labour’s "shameful" policy on single parents with young children and that public spending will still rise under a Conservative Government 

9.30am Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: No journalist would have thrown a shoe at Saddam

ToryDiary: Labour pour cold water on early election speculation

Local government: Why is Tory Suffolk Council closing a good school and saving a bad one?

Dan Novak on Platform: It is time to end the Nanny State and let Brits be Brits

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The Sun welcomes Cameron’s Day of Reckoning speech

"Our banks and building societies were run like casinos under the noses of regulators who never raised a warning finger. Even after driving them on to the rocks, shameless chief executives walk away with fat pensions and barrow-loads of cash. Mr Cameron wants to know why NOBODY here is being held to account. It is a question Prime Minister and ex-Chancellor Gordon Brown MUST answer." – The Sun Says

> Yesterday’s ToryDiary: We won’t treat the richest any differently from the poorest says Cameron
> Watch highlights from the speech

Brown to target David Cameron as untrustworthy

Browntotargettoryleader "Gordon Brown has vowed to ruthlessly “target” David Cameron in his battle to win the next election, top party insiders revealed yesterday. The Prime Minister has decided the Tory leader is his party’s Achilles heel — and has agreed a strategy to paint him as untrustworthy." – The Sun

Peter Riddell: Tory economic policy still lacks clarity

"The Tories have not clarified their economic message. They oppose a further fiscal stimulus, including the VAT cut, because it will increase an already excessive level of borrowing. But their response to Labour charges of inaction can seem imprecise. Guaranteeing bank loans, which the Government will do to some extent anyway, may not sound enough. The lack of a clear alternative may put off wavering voters." – Peter Riddell in The Times

"The striking thing about the turnround in the polls has been not so much the improvement in government’s standing but the softness of Conservative support. Mr Cameron has little margin for error." – Philip Stephens in the FT

George Osborne seizes on comments from Tessa Jowell that Britain faces recession "deeper than any that we have known" – BBC

"Britain will be more severely affected by the global downturn because of its dependence on the City of London, the chancellor, Alistair Darling, warned yesterday." – Guardian

Nick Bourne attempted a political fightback last night amid claims of growing threats to his leadership of the Conservative Assembly groupWestern Mail

Thousands face pension cut after overpayment blunderTimes | FT

Leigh_edward_mp Edward Leigh leads attack on £57m efficiency drive that cost £81mIndependent

Bob Holman on asylum seekers

"In Glasgow I met two young men from Zimbabwe, sleeping on public benches. Sometimes they get a sofa in a friend’s house, but mainly they sleep in shop doorways. I asked them why they did not return home. They replied that "this is better than torture". Statutory bodies cannot spend on asylum seekers whose claims have been rejected, even if they are destitute. It is hard-pressed voluntary bodies who give food, clothes and sometimes shelter. But it’s never enough, and many become commercially and sexually exploited." – Bob Holman writing in The Herald about the background to yesterday’s CSJ report on asylum seekers

> Yesterday’s ToryDiary on the CSJ’s report on asylum seekers
> Access the report via this page on the CSJ website

Rachel Sylvester on Peter Mandelson’s "skilful" repositioning of Labour

"Slowly but surely, Lord Mandelson is trying to steal back the mantle of “change”. Within days of rejoining the Government, he told journalists travelling with the Prime Minister to the Gulf that “people are crying out for change”. In a speech tomorrow he will elaborate on his call for a new “industrial activism” with greener jobs and more high-tech manufacturing. His aim is to reposition Labour as the party of modernity – standing shoulder to shoulder with the change-maker Barack Obama on the recession – leaving the Tories languishing as the reactionary “do-nothing party” that will let the country go to the dogs. It is an audacious shift of strategy for a party that has been in power for more than a decade. It is a masterly piece of spin. It is Labour’s only hope. The problem will come when it clashes with the deep dark reality of recession." – Rachel Sylvester in The Times

Teenage pregnancies go UP (despite free contraception and sex education for five-year-olds) Daily Mail

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