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5pm Ridley Grove on CentreRight: The BBC must distinguish between terrorist and civilian dead

4.30pm ToryDiary: The Conservatives must ‘own the economic future’

CentreRight updates:

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11am WATCH: Tony Benn, George Galloway and Ken Livingstone lead anti-Israel demonstration in London

ToryDiary:

Local government:

Seats and candidates: Search for 100 Peers: Richard Evans

Julia Manning on CentreRight: Zimbabwe must remain in the spotlight

George Osborne condemns possibility of second bank bailout

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"If the Government has to revisit bank recapitalisation then it will be a stunning admission that their whole approach to the recession isn’t working… They said their banking policy would restart lending and it hasn’t and they said their VAT give-away would stimulate the economy but ever since, things have gone from bad to worse. We urgently need the National Loan Guarantee scheme that the Conservatives have been proposing for months. That is the best way of protecting jobs and keeping business afloat. Gordon Brown’s recession policies are becoming an expensive failure.” – The Shadow Chancellor quoted in The Sunday Telegraph

"As Shadow Chancellor, George Osborne has been a tough critic of Government policy rather than an analytical advocate of a policy for his own party… The Conservatives need to adopt a clear and sound financial policy. Such a policy would include the objectives of reducing Government expenditure, reducing tax, reducing debt, helping the banking system to reduce leverage and rebalancing the reserves with a larger component of gold." – William Rees-Mogg in the Mail on Sunday

Dominic Grieve breaks ranks to warn against Labour’s 45p tax band for higher earners

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"I can’t predict where we’re going to be when we get into office, and we’re going to have to live with some of the consequences of what the Government does. But raising taxes on higher earners, does seem to me, from the historical evidence, damaging in the medium-to-long term in terms of the amount you then get out of the economy because it is higher earners who are usually the most economically active and producing more economic activity which is ultimately for the betterment of everybody else." – The Shadow Home Secretary quoted in The Sunday Telegraph

Two-thirds of Britons want rich to face punitive rates of taxation – Observer

Brown prepares crisis jobs package

The Sunday Times reports that measures under consideration include:

  • "Pay firms to take on more apprentices than they need to meet current labour demands.
  • Pour taxpayers’ money into creating “green” industries to generate jobs.
  • Inject huge sums of infrastructure spending into the transport system.
  • Offer emergency loans on a case-by-case basis to car makers that face collapse."

+ Sky News report

The collapse of the pound

"Does it help Brown for his most senior colleague [Peter Mandelson] to highlight how much the government has devalued our currency by suggesting that we should abandon it because it is so weak?" – Michael Portillo in The Sunday Times

"Sterling’s plunge close to parity with the euro has added more than £3bn to the amount the Government must pay to Brussels over the next three years." – Independent on Sunday

Geoff Hoon likely to be Labour’s next EU Commissioner – Observer

Cameron plans to transform Britain and has what it takes – Peter Oborne in The Observer

Wedding news: Jeremy Hunt… and Nick Herbert

"A Tory MP tipped as a future party leader is to wed his Chinese girlfriend after he flew to China for New Year and asked her father’s permission to marry her. Dashing Shadow Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, 42, a devotee of the sexy Latin dance the lambada, had to rely on fiancee Lucia to translate for him because her father does not speak a word of English." – Mail on Sunday

"Never one to make a song and dance about his sexuality, Nick Herbert, the shadow justice secretary, has quietly "married" his long-term boyfriend, Jason Eades." – Sunday Telegraph

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