9.45pm Local Government: Labour councillor quits over Heathrow

Kamall_syed5.30pm Parliament: Syed Kamall says Government is encouraging abuse of cross-Channel shoppers

5.15pm Matt Sinclair on CentreRight: "Eventually, we will need to have a reckoning over whether the Conservative Party is in favour of letting ordinary Britons enjoy a holiday abroad, or not."

5pm Parliament: Francis Maude reveals that the civil service is not advertising jobs properly

4.45pm WATCH: John McDonnell explains why he lifted the Commons Mace in protest at third runway for Heathrow

3.45pm Charlie Elphicke on CentreRight: No more Heathrow runways

2.15pm Local Government: Kennet Tory councillor facing chop? and Wigan councillor defects to Tories

1.15pm Greg Hands MP on CentreRight: The German stimulus package is more inspired by us than by Labour

11.30am Local Government: Eight out of ten Town Halls adding staff and LGA faces revolt over Baby P stance

11am Parliament: Anthony Steen wants to save Hope Cove lifeboat

Villiers_theresa_nw10.45am ToryDiary: Theresa Villiers vows to stop third runway at Heathrow

10am Andrew Lilico on CentreRight: Ridiculous assault or legimitate spin over "green shoots"?

9.30am Parliament: Alan Duncan slams Government on loan guarantees

ToryDiary: Tory reshuffle likely "within days"

Nick Cuff on Platform: There are alternatives to expanding Heathrow

Fearpainanger470 Mark Field MP on CentreRight: Gordon Brown should worry when voters reach the angry stage

Cllr Jean Pearson on Local government: Mole Valley offers £75 council tax discount for those who insulate their lofts

Seats and candidates: Search for 100 Peers: Sir Simon Milton

WATCH: Labour minister Baroness Vadera sees some ‘green shoots’ of recovery

Third runway at Heathrow to get go ahead from BrownBBC

"The latest figures confirm that demand for air travel is falling; those saying that Heathrow is operating at
99 per cent capacity are out of date. The number of passengers using Heathrow was down 1.4 per cent last year and at Gatwick demand declined by 2.4 per cent. At Stansted, the fall was 6 per cent. Across the sector, the downturn is accelerating and, even when the recovery comes, will the craze for air travel resume at the old rate? Certainly, there will be far fewer bankers flying to New York to seal silly deals which load their companies with debt and cripple the economy." – Iain Martin in The Telegraph is against a third runwa

"UK greenhouse gas emissions from aviation are rising faster than those of any other sector. To sanction a policy which actively promotes their expansion, in the very year when the international community is desperately trying to put together a treaty to cut emissions back hard, and Britain has officially adopted the target of cutting back its own emissions by 80 per cent, is political nonsense." – Independent

Pickles plan to cut number of council chief executives lacks support among Tory councillorsLocal Government Chronicle

Tory activists in Bradford ‘used empty homes in postal vote scam’ Times

Quentin Letts on the "fake" John Bercow; "A work of artifice" who is creeping around Labour MPs in his bid to become Speaker

Bercow_john_5 "In an apparent bid to endear himself to Labour MPs (whose votes might swing the choice of next Speaker), Mr Bercow assumed his greasiest tone to tell the House: ‘It would be unconstructive, flippant and just plain wrong to dismiss a commitment to greater social mobility as being somehow a commitment to a class war.’  What a fake speaking manner he has, over-elaborate, the accent polished like Cyril Fletcher’s old armchair in That’s Life. His remark was surely designed to slap Mrs May round the chops with a wet haddock.  Those who set greater store than me by the principle of party solidarity might go so far to say that Mr Bercow’s sally was strikingly disloyal." – Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail

Mandelson fails to quell Labour’s growing Royal Mail revoltIndependent

David Miliband: ‘War on terror’ rhetoric was a mistake

"The foreign secretary, David Miliband, today argues that the use of the "war on terror" as a western rallying cry since the September 11 attacks has been a mistake that may have caused "more harm than good"." – Guardian

Brown meets Sarkozy and then Merkel for economic policy strategy talksSky

"Customers buying new cars will get loans from the taxpayer under a controversial plan to rescue the beleaguered motor industry." – Times

Barack Obama ready to let gay Americans serve openly in miltaryTelegraph

Andrew Roberts: Bush was right

"Mistakes are made in every war, but when virtually the entire military, diplomatic and political establishment in the West opposed it, Bush insisted on the surge in Iraq that has been seen to have brought the war around, and set Iraq on the right path. Today its GDP is 30 per cent higher than under Saddam, and it is free of a brutal dictator and his rapist sons." – Andrew Roberts in The Telegraph | Andrew Roberts for the Lords?


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