2.45pm WATCH: Boris Johnson tours the streets of Chingford
9.45am Julia Manning on CentreRight: "I doubt there is a clinician alive in the NHS today who has not seen how targets have distorted clinical priorities."
- Conservative run North Kesteven District Council has approved plans for two new family homes built of straw…
- Cllr Neil Reddin: What the TaxPayers' Alliance should be doing
"Labour could still claw back the Tories' double-digit lead in the polls if there are signs of economic recovery by the next general election, according to a survey released last night. The ICM poll for The Guardian suggests 8% of voters currently planning to vote Conservative or Liberal Democrat would consider backing Labour if the economy turned a corner." – Daily Mail
But, reports The Times, Britain will be the last nation to recover: "Britain’s economy is set to keep shrinking well into next year, even after all or most of its leading competitors have begun to enjoy renewed growth, the International Monetary Fund will warn this week."
The Times reports on yesterday's briefing of Tory MPs by David Cameron and CCHQ's Stephen Gilbert
- Tories aim to win 43% of vote in Euro elections;
- The party was targeting the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber, Somerset and Cornwall in those elections;
- Eurosceptic MPs were warned that Europe remained very low in voters' priorities;
- Tories should be doing better on health where Labour has now re-established a lead in voters' minds.
Read Francis Elliott's full report here.
Conservatives claim that only half of vacancies are being advertised in Job Centres
"The Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Theresa May, said: "We already know that vacancies in the economy are at a record low. It beggars belief that almost half of them aren't available through the Government's main employment service. Yet again Gordon Brown's claim of real help now has turned out to be nothing more than an empty promise."" – Telegraph
Bob Neill MP sets out his strategy for tackling problem gambling – ePolitix
Accounts assistant who allegedly stole £149,417.19 from Scottish Conservatives faces trial – Scotsman
David Cameron's topic for PMQs today…?
NHS targets 'may have led to 1,200 deaths' in Mid-Staffordshire – Telegraph
Bring in PR… Cap ministers' pay… Introduce a wealth tax… Scrap ID cards… Full disclosure on Iraq war…
The Guardian has more on Labour election strategy: "No 10 also believes that Cameron's pledge to cut spending on all but four areas – health, education, defence, and overseas aid – gives Labour a chance to reprise some of its Tory cuts arguments from 2001 and 2005. Downing Street says such attacks may no longer gain traction with national media, but work well locally."
PM hopes to gather enough evidence to prove GM crops are safe – Independent
English is a second language for one in seven school pupils – Daily Mail
"The bitter truth is that New Labour never understood what makes a nation a nation. With its profound ignorance of history and love of modernity, the party imported the alien concept of universal human rights (thereby crushing many of our ancient British liberties), while throwing open the nation's borders to all-comers. Result? We're a country that's rapidly losing its sense of identity – more a random collection of disparate peoples than a nation with shared beliefs." – Daily Mail
"The actor Ron Silver was a Democrat who voted for George Bush." – Daniel Finkelstein pays tribute to him in The Times
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