10pm Alex Deane on CentreRight: Climate change questions, with no apparent (permissible) answers
The Local government blog highlights a very useful summary of the Conservative party's strength in local government and Worthing Council have threatened a pensioner with a £75 for pinning up notices on trees about a missing cat.
International: Sarkozy says Burkha is not welcome in France
New Speaker is Tory hated by his party, tainted by expenses furore… and facing plot to unseat him – Daily Mail
"There he stood in the big green chair, puffed up like an amphibian that had scoffed too many volauvents. 'My first thought at this time,' he said from Parliament's bully pulpit, 'is, as you will understand, of…' He was going to mention his wife but at this point a female voice from the Tory benches shouted: 'Your wages.'" – Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail
"Angry Tories last night refused to congratulate new House of Commons Speaker John Bercow – after branding him a turncoat. Conservatives folded their arms in disgust after their colleague won. One backbencher shouted: "Not in my name."" – The Sun
"In their standing ovation – including most on the Tory benches – MPs showed every sign last night of wishing him to succeed. Certainly no other candidate has fought harder for the job or thought longer about how to do it." – Telegraph
"Bercow told MPs he was the "clean break" candidate able to draw a line under the expenses scandal that forced his predecessor, Michael Martin, out of office. "I want to implement an agenda for reform, for renewal, for revitalisation and for the reassertion of the core values of this great institution in the context of the 21st century," he said in his appeal for votes." – Guardian
> Jonathan Isaby on CentreRight: Speaker Bercow's detractors must judge him on how he performs in his new role
Metro/Harris poll puts the Conservatives on course for a Commons majority of 62
"When the 15 per cent of undecided voters, or those who definitely will not vote, are removed, this puts the Tories on 35 per cent, Labour 20 per cent, the Lib Dems 16 per cent and other parties 29 per cent." – Metro
New Tory grouping of MEPs faces media flak
"The two main allies are the Polish Law and Justice Party, which has banned gay rights' marches, and the Czech Civic Democrats (ODS), the party of the Czech President Vaclav Klaus, who has described climate change as a "myth" and the former prime minister Mirek Topolanek, who was photographed naked at a party hosted by the Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi." – Independent
The Independent's cartoonist paints David Cameron making Hitler salute.
…But The Telegraph leader writers congratulate David Cameron for keeping his promise to leave the EPP
…And the Daily Mail notes that other UK parties have awkward allies: "The Tories hit back, saying that Labour and the Liberal Democrats are themselves in political groupings with ex-communists, Nazi admirers, 9/11 conspiracy theorists, homophobes and militant feminists who wan
t to ban marriage."
> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Seven observations on successfully leaving the EPP
One of Boris Johnson's mayoral deputies resigned yesterday over his misuse of a corporate credit card – Independent
Chairman of the Iraq Inquiry has said it is "essential" as much as possible is held in public – BBC
Even if the Iraq Inquiry is held in public, the implacable critics of the war will still cry whitewash – David Aaronovitch in The Times
50p tax 'unfair, complex and damaging' to economy says Centre for Policy Studies – Telegraph
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