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9.15pm ToryDiary: Tories 15% ahead in ComRes poll

6.15pm Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: Beating the BNP

6pm ToryDiary: Comparing the views of party members and party voters

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6pm WATCH: Ken Clarke’s first TV interview since returning to Tory frontbench

3.30pm WATCH: Andy Burnham urges BBC to screen Gaza appeal and Baroness Royall responds to ethics charges against Labour Lords

11am Louise Bagshawe on CentreRight: "Damian Green, in the course of doing his duty as an Opposition spokesman, was arrested, his house raided, his love letters read, held for multiple hours… Labour peers are on tape offering to amend legislation for cash. The Metropolitan Police’s response to that will be very interesting, won’t it?"

10am ToryDiary: Ken Clarke can’t see Britain joining Euro in his political lifetime

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ToryDiary: The Tories are heading for a landslide victory

J P Floru on CentreRight: With its 45p tax plans, New Labour is as dead as a dodo

Manish Singh on Platform: Setting up "Bad Bank" would have been a better solution

Mark Wallace on Local government: Why do Councils need to call in consultants?

WATCH: David Cameron is asked if he will investigate whether Britain has been visited by extra-terrestial life

Today’s must-read: Norman Lamont on Brown as the arsonist rather than a firefighter

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"The longer this crisis lasts the more ridiculous seems the Prime Minister’s oft-repeated boasts about "the longest period of expansion since records began" or the longest growth "since the eighteenth century". Now we can see this illusion was built on a mountain of debt by individuals and banks." – The former Chancellor in The Sunday Telegraph

‘The Tories must attack the banks’ misbehaviour’

"Cameron should bite the bullet and publicly slate the all-powerful banks themselves for continuing to systematically hide their losses – a reality that means the crucial inter-bank market remains frozen, blocking credit lines to firms and households and holding the rest of the economy to ransom." – Liam Halligan in The Sunday Telegraph

The future of David Davis

"David Davis told the BBC that he was "ambivalent" about being in any future Tory government, but said if he was offered a job he "would imagine" accepting it.  Mr Davis explained that "the most important job" in his life was being Public Accounts Committee chairman, "actually focusing the power of Parliament on government, holding them to account", and that he "might go back to something like that"." – BBC

Self-styled ‘Red Tory’ Philip Blond recommends a new role for post offices as banks to local communitiesSunday Times

Ken Clarke’s free trips to F1, rugby and opera – courtesy of tobacco giant Mail on Sunday

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"My message is for all those Tory activists, Tory MPs and MEPs (you know who you are) who tell me in whispers that they can’t really stand Mr Cameron but back him because he might get the party back into office. I have to ask them, office for what purpose? No government containing Mr Clarke could offer anything better than a repeat of the Major years." – Peter Hitchens in the Mail on Sunday

More on Eric Pickles’ lovebombing of Liberal Democrat voters

"As well as courting the Labour working classes, Mr Pickles is leading what he calls a "lovebombing" of Liberal Democrat voters, especially in the South-west. This involves telling people who care about civil liberties and the environment that they have a better chance of getting what they want by voting Tory." – The new Party Chairman interviewed by the Independent on Sunday

Brown just doesn’t get it on MPs’ expenses (but Cameron does) – Blairite John Rentoul in The Independent on Sunday

Andrew Mitchell adds Tory voice to calls for BBC to broadcast Gaza appeal

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"Andrew Mitchell, the shadow international development secretary, who was this weekend making a visit to Gaza, Israel and the West Bank, said it was up to the BBC, but added: "We believe that they should allow the broadcast to proceed so that the British public, who have proved themselves so generous during recent emergencies in the Congo and Burma, can make their own judgment on the validity of the appeal." – The Shadow International Development Secretary in The Observer

Britain unable to meet half of Obama’s request for extra troops for Afghanistan

"President Barack Obama has asked Britain to supply up to 4,000 extra frontline troops to help a planned American surge of forces in Afghanistan, defence sources say. The request poses a dilemma for Gordon Brown because the Ministry of Defence (MoD) believes it can only spare 1,700 extra troops." – The Sunday Times

Fraser Nelson warns that Obama’s view of Britain depends upon Brown delivering on Afghanistan – News of the World

Boris Johnson unveils £40bn Heathrow-on-SeaThe Sunday Times

"I don’t think I’m a sex god. I’m 16-and-a-half stone and losing the battle with my weight. That’s just not good is it?" – The Mayor of London in the course of an interview with the Mail on Sunday

 And finally… Does The Telegraph know something we don’t?!

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We think they meant the shadow cabinet :)

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