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8.45pm WATCH: Tim Montgomerie and Derek Draper appear on Channel 4 News to discuss political blogging

8.15pm ToryDiary: "Gordon Brown bounce fades as Conservative return to huge poll lead"

5.30pm WATCH: George Osborne critiques Labour’s policies for the recession

Firstvideo4.45pm ToryDiary: Almost perfect

4.00pm Local Government: Tameside Council’s "Boob Jobs on the rates"

3.45pm CentreRight:

11.30am ToryDiary: Dad’s Nose. Mum’s Eyes. Gordon Brown’s Debt.

10.45am Louise Bagshawe on CentreRight: "Ken Clarke is a superstar. I have no idea whether David Cameron intends to bring him back to the shadow Cabinet, or for that matter whether he wants to come. We would go into the Euro over my cold, dead body, but seeing a giant of a politician like Ken Clarke in a front bench role wouldn’t cause me a second’s anxiety."

ToryDiary: Cameron and Osborne are close to a winning economic message (and a project for government)

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Howard Flight on Platform: It’s time to tell the blunt truth about how we can recover from Labour’s economic mess

Seats and candidates: The 45 Tory MPs most likely to retire before the next General Election

Seats and candidates: Search for 100 Peers: Tim Rice

Local government: Doncaster Council’s social work scandals

Helen Rainbow on CentreRight: Government propaganda is unlikely to produce a healthy 2009

Tories will scrap GCSE and A-level coursework to stop cheatsDaily Mail | Yesterday’s ToryDiary

More speculation about Ken Clarke’s return to shadow cabinet

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"Lord Kalms, a former party treasurer and the founder of the Dixons retail empire, told the Financial Times: “We should not be looking for yesterday’s men. I would find a better choice who represents modern Conservatism to stick up against [Lord] Mandelson than old buffer Ken Clarke, who’s had better days.”

"They like Ken’s outspoken, bumptious, no-prisoners language, his floridly un-PC face and his outrageous self-confidence. He is the Saga generation’s Boris. As for Davis, he’s enjoyed for similar reasons – a gutsiness, that wicked smile, a certain sense of danger." – Jackie Ashley in The Guardian

> Yesterday’s ToryDiary on Clarke’s likely return

David Cameron admits that he was wrong about public spending during Marr interviewTimes

The Daily Mail examines the contents of David Cameron’s home | Yesterday’s ToryDiary summary of Andrew Marr interview

Cross-party group of MPs formed to back new London airport on Thames Estuary

"The proposal, which would divert flights away from London, was mooted by the London mayor, Boris Johnson, but is gathering support against the government’s apparent determination to expand Britain’s biggest airport." – Guardian

Gordon Brown holds Downing Street jobs summit with businesses and unionsBBC

The summit will focus on a £500m job creation and training package – Sky

More Blairities return to Brown’s side

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"Alan Milburn, who will lead a government drive to boost social mobility, said a working-class child growing up in Britain today has less chance of reaching the Cabinet than he did." – Independent

"First Peter Mandelson ended his 14-year feud with Gordon Brown and joined his Cabinet. Now he has renounced his sins as a spin doctor and pronounced the death of Labour’s "command and control" strategy to silence internal dissent. Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary, made the announcement in his first blog on a new website for Labour supporters, www.labourlist.org. It will feature a cartoon-like image of him, using his real voice. The website is the brainchild of Derek Draper, a former aide to Lord Mandelson who is now a psychotherapist." – Independent

Lord Mandelson writing for LabourList: In new media command and control doesn’t work: we need to embrace and engage

Bruce Anderson examines the many causes of the decline of ParliamentIndependent

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ToryDiary: 10% of people who will vote Tory in a General Election will vote UKIP in June’s Euro elections

ToryDiary: Summaries of key planks of Conservative foreign policy

Bernard Jenkin MP on Platform: The issue at the heart of the Damian Green affair is privilege

Charles Tannock MEP on CentreRight: Russia’s gas diplomacy underlines the need for a common EU external energy security policy

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