- WATCH: Mandelson promises 'wise spending', not 'big spending'
- LISTEN: Ken Clarke tells Radio 4 that Conservatives will aim to protect frontline public services
- LISTEN: Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski talks to Radio 4 about Labour's 'mishandling' of the murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher
- Decline in anti-Americanism has not yet been converted into strategic gains for USA
- China accuses Obama of "rampant protectionism"
David Cameron is winning the battle for female hearts and minds – The Independent
Peter Mandelson will accuse David Cameron of planning "deep, savage, indiscriminate across-the-board spending cuts"
"Lord Mandelson will say that Labour cannot allow itself to be painted as oblivious to economic conditions. Claiming that New Labour had been "wise spenders, not big spenders" for the sake of it, he will say: "We do not believe that we should try to solve problems simply by throwing money at them. We need to be: 'effective state' social democrats, not 'big state' social democrats."" – The Independent
Polls show Conservatives winning argument over public service cuts – Telegraph
Spending cuts will provoke a double quick, double dip recessions warns TUC leader – Guardian
The Tories must make clear their target is not front-line services nor their employees – Bruce Anderson in The Independent
"Labour has in the past been almost exclusively concerned about how much money is going into a service. The new politics will focus exclusively on outputs." – Frank Field MP in The Telegraph
Matthew Elliott of The TaxPayers' Alliance has written a new book, 'Fleeced', which calculates that Gordon Brown has cost the taxpayer £3 trillion – The Sun
Amazon: "Who are the guilty, the politicians, bureaucrats and bankers who have brought this country to its knees? Over the past decade some £3 trillion equivalent to £50,000 for every person in Britain has been taken from us by the ruling elites. Half was wasted in a splurge of poorly-managed public spending in the boom , while the other half evaporated in the bust siphoned off by city bonuses, vaporised by a collapse in pension savings and extorted to bail out the banking sector. In their explosive new book, David Craig and Matthew Elliott trace where the money has gone and who has become richer as a result."
Conservatives consider selling slabs of shares in nationalised banks to ordinary investors – FT
Zac Goldsmith: I joined the Conservative Party because it wasn't green enough, and I wanted to change that
""I haven't signed up to the Conservative party because I agree with everything it stands for. When I signed up, it was with Michael Howard in 2005. I didn't sign up with Michael because I thought it was the best green party; on the contrary, I thought it was hopeless on these issues, and I said so at the time. I wanted to weave a green thread through the Conservative party, that's my job, and I signed up imagining that I would be in a very small minority within my party, possibly even on my own, battling away on these issues. What then happened was David Cameron became leader, he put these issues to the top of the agenda, and my job became a hell of a lot easier."" – The Tory candidate for Richmond Park quoted in The Guardian
Sayeeda Warsi under fire for her personal life – Melanie McDonagh in The Telegraph
Steve Norris criticises Tory housing policy – FT
Cameron must cull the big-spenders that control Britain's quangoes – William Rees-Mogg in The Times
Julian Glover analyses the ways in which the parties micro-target voters – The Guardian
Declan Ganley – co-ordinator of Ireland's first 'no' campaign – returns to campaign in second Lisbon referendum
"He will start fundraising today and hopes to generate between €50,000 (£44,000) and €200,000 for billboards, posters and newspaper advertising" – Times
> Jim McConalogue on CentreRight yesterday: Implications for David Cameron of Ireland’s (second) referendum on Lisbon
Norway's self-styled Margaret Thatcher hopes for victory today in knife-edge election – FT
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