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9.30pm Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: Quote of the day

7pm Melancthon on CentreRight: The War of the Parties: The Earth under the Credit Crunch

6a00d83451b31c69e201157154f6c8970c-500wi5.15pm Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: Do you realise the seriousness of Britain's economic crisis, Alex?

3pm ToryDiary: Edward McMillan-Scott becomes the Left's useful idiot as he throws smear after smear at Michał Kamiński

12.45pm Ridley Grove on CentreRight: Will Britain's contribution to the EU be reduced?

After Gary McKinnon lost his latest High Court bid to avoid extradition to the US for hacking into military computers David Cameron issued a statement: "I am deeply saddened and disappointed with this decision. Gary McKinnon is a vulnerable young man and I see no compassion in sending him thousands of miles away from his home and loved ones to face trial. If he has questions to answer, there is a clear argument to be made that he should answer them in a British court. This case raises serious questions about the workings of the Extradition Act, which should be reviewed.” (Iain Dale has blogged a reaction).

Noon Matthew Sinclair on CentreRight: What happens if we don't get the trampoline recovery Darling is relying on?

10am ToryDiary: Do you support a right-to-die? Is it time to amend the smoking ban? Should George Osborne being doing two big jobs? Is it time to leave Afghanistan?

ToryDiary: The fifth chapter of The Shoestring Manifesto offers 'Practical environmentalism'

TYRIE ANDREW Andrew Tyrie MP on Platform proposes independent appointments to the Lords, term limits and a proper regime for sanctioning and expelling members: Interim reforms for the Upper House

Local government: Cllr Teresa O'Neill on what the Conservatives have achieved in Bexley since ousting Labour

Also on local government yesterday's by-election results including a Tory gain of a ward where a councillor had been expelled from the BNP

Douglas Carswell MP on CentreRight wants your help in writing a Great Repeal Bill

Melancthon on CentreRight: The legalising of assisted suicide

Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: LabourList v ConservativeHome

WATCH: ITV1's Loose Women disagree with each other about David Cameron's radio swearing

Gordon Brown is 'John Major in 1996' according to YouGovTelegraph | Yesterday's ToryDiary

Telegraph calls for Alan Duncan to go in shadow cabinet shake up

Abject&Dismal "Alan Duncan's record as shadow leader of the Commons has been
dismal, particularly during the expenses scandal, when the way he had
handled his own claims was called into question. His performance as the
Tories' representative on the Members' Estimate Committee, which sets
MPs' allowances, has been little short of abject. Theresa May, too, has
made little impact at work and pensions. Obvious candidates for
promotion include the talented Ben Wallace, the first MP to publish all
his expenses online; Grant Shapps, who has impressed with the housing
portfolio; and Mark Lancaster, who has done likewise with international
development. Mr Cameron should also act on his hint that some of the
old guard will return." – Telegraph leader

> Alan Duncan is the least effective member of the shadow cabinet according to the ConservativeHome survey of Tory members

Conservatives are biggest spenders as Brown's party uses cash to pay off debtsIndependent

Donations to Scottish Labour fell by 90% in just one year – The Herald

> Yesterday's ToryDiary

Edward Mcmillan-Scott MEP says Polish leader of Tory MEPs is face of "disguised extremism in Europe"

McMillan-Scott was writing in yesterday's Yorkshire Post.

Dan Hannan MEP writes a long defence of Michał Kamiński on his blog.

We must be ready to tend to the casualties of this war – Patrick Mercer MP in The Independent

MPs in the Treasury Select Committee attack Darling's "cosmetic" reforms of banksBBC

Bob Ainsworth admits Labour failed troops

"The Government did not do enough to support British troops in Afghanistan and Iraq at the start of the conflicts, the Defence Secretary has admitted." – Times

The Liberal Democrat leader often leads the way, but not the pollsThe Economist

Nick Clegg advocates televised debates between the party leaders

Clegg-Nick-On-Newsnight "If Gordon Brown believed in the Labour party and his own record, he would be champing at the bit to hold this debate. I'm eager because I want people to know about Liberal Democrat policies, and I want the opportunity to explain why Labour and the Conservatives would take us in the wrong direction. Labour's time is up, and the Conservatives think it's automatically their turn, but I think in these difficult times we need to do something altogether different." – Nick Clegg in The Independent

Steve Richards uses his Independent column to say that pundits, fashion, technicalities and soundbites would mean a debate would not inform voters.

Frank Skinner drafts a text for Brown to use in a TV debate – Times

Council house cheats can earn £20,000 a year by sub-lettingTimes

Mixing music and politicsThe Guardian looks at U2's mix of activist politics and music

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