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8.45pm Parliament: John Redwood reveals Labour's contempt for parliamentary scrutiny

6.45pm ToryDiary: ICM suggests Tories are losing a little support

4pm ToryDiary: Boris fulfils promise to hang portrait of The Queen at City Hall

3.45pm Patrick Mercer MP on Platform: We need a radically different approach to countering terrorism

1.45pm ToryDiary: What is the most electorally effective Tory policy and the most transformational Tory policy?

Lewis Dan 1.45pm Dan Lewis on CentreRight: George Osborne has the potential to be one of the great Chancellors of history

1.15pm Seats and candidates: Over the weekend there were adoptions in West Ham and Dwyfor Meirionnydd

11.30pm Local Government:

11am Alex Deane on CentreRight: "Perhaps "heads down" is the right approach on "climate change", even if one thinks the whole thing's a myth."

11am WATCH: UK recession to last for twelve more months, say experts

9.45am Back to 1979 on the ToryDiary: "Labour are relying on diversionary tactics – continual lies and smears"

ToryDiary: More than a quarter of the original A-List are no longer seeking a parliamentary seat

SixOfThe27 Seats and candidates: Where are the original A-Listers now? The 27 who are no longer looking for a seat

Diary of a PPC: Gareth Johnson of Dartford

Elizabeth Truss on Platform: How to cut public spending by £30 billion and pave the way for a smaller state

Patrick Nolan on Star Chamber: Abolish universal Child Benefit and provide more targeted child welfare payments

Local government:

International: "Europe's left is failing to gain from capitalism's crisis"

Darling will admit that Britain facing 'worst recession since World War II'Telegraph

"Chancellor Alistair Darling is expected to announce some £15bn of spending cuts over the next few years when he delivers his Budget statement." – BBC

Former Labour leader, however, Neil Kinnock calls for a funding boost for the "defining" war on child poverty – Guardian

Business can cut spending without hurting customers and Government must do the same – Simon Wolfson of Next, and advisor to the Tory leadership in The Times

St Albans has highest average income tax – Daily Mail

Mandelson signals return of industrial policy… with a green tinge

Picture 3 Lord Mandelson's new interventionism will "lead to hundreds of millions of pounds of taxpayers' money being used to fund the expansion of "green" industry. Projects funded could include wind, wave and nuclear power, and electric and hybrid cars. Digital communications, pharmaceuticals, life sciences, aerospace, business services and electronics may also be in line for such "green" funding. As well as providing direct aid, all government departments will shape tax and regulatory policies to help these firms." – Interviewed in The Independent

Tories announce £600m plan for British science and engineering

"in science and technology, encourage thousands of youngsters into further education and support apprentices. The money would be paid for through cuts in public spending elsewhere in Whitehall, Mr Osborne said." – FT | Yesterday evening's ToryDiary

Greg Dyke – once wooed by Tories to be a London Mayoral candidate – to head a Creative Industries Review for David Cameron

"The panel also includes Elisabeth Murdoch, chief executive of the Shine Group, a television production company, and daughter of Rupert Murdoch, the media tycoon. Other members include Lucian Grainge, chairman of Universal Music Group International, Charles Dunstone, founder of Carphone Warehouse, and Brent Hoberman, co-founder of lastminute.com." – FT

Bruce Anderson: Most MPs are NOT corrupt, idle and useless

"Most MPs work hard, and there are plenty of able people in the Commons. The expenses system is a mess, largely because all recent governments have found it politically easier to increase MPs' allowances rather than their salaries. This does not mean that many MPs are charging £116,000 to live with their sisters, while their husbands, paid as researchers, are watching pornography at the taxpayers' expense (you could not make it up). MPs should be entitled to a small staff. If they maintain two residences, there ought to be an allowance for the second one. Finally, it is in all our interests that they be adequately paid. The current system will have to be reformed, but in such a way as to ensure that Parliament remains open to those who want a reasonable middle-class standard of living, some of which could be earned by outside interests. We do not want to end up with ascetics and fanatics, interspersed with those who have private means." – Bruce Anderson in The Independent

I'll name and shame four top Tories, claims prostitute with links to George ObsorneDaily Mail

Boris&Flag Culture Secretary Andy Burnham will order Whitehall to fly St George's flag on ThursdayThe Sun

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Tories see England and St George as winning theme

Philip Johnston: Labour ministers wake up to the Britain they have created

"We have Phil Woolas saying that immigration has been allowed to grow so high that the BNP is picking up votes; Hazel Blears has discovered that political correctness has gone too far; Jack Straw has accepted that sharing people's private data across Whitehall might not be a good thing; David Blunkett, of all people, has voiced his concerns about too much surveillance; and sundry ministers have tut-tutted about the amounts of red tape and regulation that businesses and charities have to cope with, as though these were imposed by some outside force. You have to rub your eyes with amazement." – Philip Johnston in The Telegraph

Alice Mahon explains why she resigned from Labour

"New Labour have done such a good job of demolishing our democratic structure that I realised there was nothing I could say or do to change things from within. There was only one thing for me to do and that was to resign." – The former Labour MP for Halifax writing for The Independent

MPs say care system is "catastrophic" for the prospects of abused or neglected childrenTelegraph

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