7pm Parliament: Annabel Goldie reveals that the Prime Minister has not meet Alex Salmond for the best part of a year

6.30pm Parliament: Alan Duncan calls for "code of modern manners"

6.15pm Nile Gardiner on CentreRight: America has done more to protect Muslims from oppression than any other nation

Osbornevredwood 4.45pm ToryDiary: Osborne v Redwood on today’s interest rate cut

3.45pm WATCH: Tony Blair wishes Barack Obama well and remembers sending his first txt

Gove_michael_nw_22.45pm ToryDiary: Gove summarises the Tory education message

2.30pm Parliament: Round-up from Scottish questions in Westminster

1.45pm Parliament: Geoffrey Van Orden calls on the Tamil Tigers to lay down their arms

11.30am ToryDiary: Right-wing commentators rejoice at Lindsey strikers’ victory

11.30am Parliament: Dan Hannan and Roger Helmer both condemn EU approach to climate change

11.00am Local Government: Smash and grab raid on Hounslow’s grit

10am Dan Hamilton on CentreRight: Why the Republican Party is like Detroit

9.45am Seats and candidates: David Curry MP to step down from Skipton and Ripon

ToryDiary: Further cuts in interest rates endanger banks’ deposit base and penalise thrift, warns Redwood

Mats Persson on Platform: Exposing the spiralling cost of EU regulations

Local government: Councils still slow to pay their bills

Seats and candidates: Search for 100 Peers: Patrick Nicholls


AmericaInTheWorld: Cheney defends Guantanamo Bay and coercive interrogation of terrorism suspects

Clarkeosborne Ken Clarke’s return has been a success – Michael White in The Guardian

"Asked who would make a better chancellor if the Conservatives were to win the election, 39% said Clarke and only 15% said Osborne. (The rest did not express a preference.)" – Guardian

Lord Laidlaw suspends donations to Conservative Party

"Last night, it emerged that Lord Laidlaw, the 66-year-old tycoon and philanthropist, has decided to stop donating to the Conservatives at least for the foreseeable future. David Mundell, shadow Scottish secretary, said: "He has decided he is not donating to political parties for his own reasons until he has sorted out his tax issues. He has given us prior notice that that is his intention."" – Herald

"The Government is under pressure to back a proposal for people to be banned from donating to political parties unless they pay tax in Britain." – Independent

Robert Peston tells MPs that his reporting did not lead to the collapse of Northern RockBBC

Did Blair hope that Charles Clarke would succeed him?

"In an interview with the New Statesman, Clarke reveals that Blair told him in 2006 that he "had a great plan" to make him foreign secretary to build him into a serious challenger for the Labour leadership. The Blair plan failed in May 2006 when he sacked Clarke as home secretary over a row about foreign prisoners." – Guardian

High Court ruling deals new blow to Hunting Act

"The Countryside Alliance welcomed the ruling and said that it had “won on everything essentially”. Simon Hart, its chief executive, said: “The Hunting Act is an increasingly pointless piece of legislation. Politicians are coming to realise that it has failed and it is now a question of when, not if, it is repealed.”" – Times

Jeremy Warner’s ten point manifesto to save the free market Independent

Tebbit suggests Margaret Thatcher was real target of sacking of Carol Thatcher

Tebbit_norman_2 "Lord Tebbit said: ‘It does seem very odd that Jonathan Ross can be back broadcasting having made obscene, insulting remarks on the air, and Carol Thatcher, who said something which is allegedly highly offensive but which I rather doubt was meant to be so, in private, should be banned in this way. ‘It is probably a bit of a way for the BBC to get back at Carol’s mother.’" – Daily Mail

McCain amendment to delete ‘Buy American’ clause in stimulus is defeated

But ‘Buy American’ clauses are amended to comply with international treaties – BBC

Dangers in Obama’s cap on bankers’ pay

"If it discourages firms from seeking timely help, it may backfire. If the curbs are kept in place too long, retaining and recruiting people with the skills and the prodigious appetite for work that economic recovery will require may start to become difficult." – FT leader


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