11.45pm ToryDiary: YouGov poll for the Telegraph puts Tory lead
at 13% – but the details suggest David Cameron will struggle to attain
a big majority

8pm ToryDiary: William Hague accuses Brown of losing moral compass over U-turn on IRA families and Libya

7.30pm David T Breaker on CentreRight: "Up until 1939 we appeased for peace – "Peace in our time" was at least an honourable if impossible aim. Today we appease for trade – "Oil in our time" – and that is truly shameful."

5.15pm Nigel Evans MP on CentreRight: There's no space for cuts in space expenditure

TAXPAYERS ALLIANCE2.45pm Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: The TaxPayers' Alliance enters its third phase with launch of 'Big Brother Watch'

1pm ToryDiary: Compassionate conservatism is getting stronger and deeper by the day

12.15pm WATCH: George Osborne interviewed about the economy and bankers' bonuses on this morning's Andrew Marr Show

9.45am ToryDiary: David Cameron emphasises that British troops are fighting a "necessary war" in Afghanistan to stop terrorism at home

ToryDiary: Party membership has fallen by "almost a quarter" under David Cameron's leadership

DD graphic David Davis MP on Platform: We must deploy all the troops we can to Afghanistan now and stop trying to fight the war on the cheap – but if no progress is made in 18 months, the public will demand our withdrawal

Local Government: David Cameron reportedly considering giving local councils the power to set benefit levels

Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: It is important we confront the BNP but also that we take away their issues

LISTEN: Former Canadian Cabinet MInister Brian Tobin explains how the country went about reducing its budget deficit in the 1990s

Labour plotted to smear army chief's daughter – because she works for David Cameron

"A Labour plot to smear the new head of the Army, General Sir David Richards, because of his daughter’s ‘crime’ of working for David Cameron was exposed last night. The threat to target the General, who took up his new job just nine days ago, was one of the real reasons that Labour MP Eric Joyce resigned as an aide to Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth last week… The Mail on Sunday has established that Mr Joyce was also disturbed to hear Labour colleagues discuss Sir David’s 25-year-old daughter, Joanna Richards, who recently became Mr Cameron’s diary secretary." – Mail on Sunday

FORSYTH MICHAEL Lord Forsyth's proposal for a referendum on Scottish independence under "active consideration" by Tory high command

"Former Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth last week repeated his call for a referendum to be held on the same day as the next general election. Arguing that the Unionist parties should "shoot the Nationalist fox", Forsyth is warning that a referendum should be held now, to stop the SNP executing its plans… The referendum plan is understood to be under "active consideration" within the Tory high command. Equally some of his shadow Cabinet ministers – Scots-born Liam Fox among them – are thought to be in favour." – Scotland on Sunday

> Recent ToryDiary: Lord Forsyth urges Cameron to hold referendum on Scottish independence at earliest opportunity

Timing of Irish Lisbon referendum creating a headache for David Cameron

"A crucial referendum in Ireland on the controverisal Lisbon Treaty has plunged preparations for next month's Conservative conference into disarray. Party chiefs are struggling to prepare alternative policy blueprints to unveil to grassroots activists, as the mood in Ireland suggests the vote on October 2 could go either way." – Sunday Telegraph

> Last night
's ToryDiary: Irish referendum on Lisbon "throws Tories into disarray"

Liam Fox: State of the Army "likely to be an election issue"

"The state of the British Army is set to become a major election issue for the first time since the Cold War, according to the Conservative Party. Tory Defence Secretary Dr Liam Fox will tell an audience of military experts tomorrow that Britain’s security is being run “on a wing and a prayer”, leaving the next Government to make stark choices after Labour’s decade-long mismanagement of the defence budget." – Sunday Express

Zac Goldsmith: I won't let Cameron backtrack on our green pledges

"Multi-millionaire Tory environmental campaigner Zac Goldsmith has vowed to stand up to David Cameron if he fails to deliver on his green pledges, claiming his vast wealth means that he is ‘incorruptible’." – Mail on Sunday

The full interview with Zac Goldsmith – previewed in yesterday's Telegraph – is in the Mail on Sunday's Live magazine

Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones Chippenham candidate Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones gives a candid assessment of David Cameron

"He's done fundraisers for me. I ain't going to slag him off," he says. "There are prejudices against him, because he's a posh git. But he can't help that. It's a bit like being black. He's fine… he's good. I would not be here if it weren't for his A-list. But the public school system creates an aura that some people might find difficult. I tend to be friendly and open. He isn't as open." – The Observer

The full interview – in which he also talks about his admiration for George Galloway and Dennis Skinner – is in the Observer magazine

The Mail on Sunday calculates MPs' hourly rates for their second jobs

"The Mail on Sunday analysis, based on declarations on the official MPs’ register of outside interests since the beginning of July, reveals that many earn more than 50 times as much per hour as their hard-pressed voters by taking on other jobs… Unsurprisingly, Conservatives dominate the list. But the tactic has backfired because Scottish Labour MP Jim Hood tops the table after admitting that he did nothing for a £625 payment last month as a consultant to Scottish Coal. Astonishingly, the former mining engineer declared hours worked as ‘nil’. Last night Mr Hood admitted: ‘I didn’t do anything last month’." – Mail on Sunday

Stephen Dorrell's company left creditors with £4 million debts when it collapsedSunday Times

Non-story of the day: Tory MP David Heathcoat-Amory is non-executive
director of a private health firm and has private health care

Scots Tories want to sideline badly behaved pupils

"Scotland's worst-behaved children should be removed entirely from the school system and sent to "second-chance centres" where they must stay until their behaviour improves, the Scottish Conservatives will propose this week. The Tories will call on the SNP government to open entirely new schools for the most disruptive pupils in the country, some of whom have been excluded from school five or more times." – Scotland in Sunday

Tories debate "mass sale of public assets"

"Selling off a range of public bodies would be a "get out of jail card" as the Tories desperately try to balance the books, according to tax lawyer Charlie Elphicke, who has advised the party's economic team… Mr Elphicke, the Tory candidate for Dover, said: "The budget deficit this year and next year is expected to be £180 billion. If you reduce spending by £60 billion and put taxes up by £40 billion you still have a huge hole, a massive borrowing overhang. How do you reduce the level of borrowing and repair the public finances? Asset sales are the one thing that is a get out of jail free card." – Sunday Telegraph

> Charlie Elphicke on CentreRight last month: Getting to grips with what hundreds of billions of government borrowing will actually entail (and alas it may include tax rises)

DALEY JANEY BLOG Janet Daley: David Cameron's straight talk on al-Megrahi is what the public wants to hear

"Over these past tumultuous days, Mr Cameron has looked unambiguously, unblinkingly candid and sincere. Watching and listening to his broadcast comments, I have never for a second doubted that he was speaking the truth as he saw it, that his outrage and his condemnations were perfectly genuine, and that his interventions had involved almost no carefully premeditated calculation as to precise degree of political risk or possible consequence. Which, I'm sorry to say, is not precisely the effect that his statements on domestic policy have for me." – Janet Daley writing in the Sunday Telegraph

Fraser Nelson : Why we are in Afghanistan

"It's about who we are as a nation: what
Britain is for. For better or worse, the war against militant Islam is taking place in
Afghanistan. It is a battle of endurance. If we fail, it sends a message to
psycho states around the globe: that the West has no stomach for battle. It would embolden Iran. Persuade the Taliban to march on Pakistan and get hold
of the nukes. Invite hell." – Fraser Nelson in the News of the World

Libya paid for medical advice that helped Lockerbie bomber's release

"The British, Scottish and Libyan governments connived to free Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds The Sunday Telegraph can disclose. Medical evidence that helped Megrahi, 57, to be released was paid for by the Libyan government, which encouraged three doctors to say he had only three months to live. Douglas Carswell, the Conservative MP, said the latest disclosures were “outrageous” and left the British and Scottish governments facing tough new questions. “This is further evidence that our Government has done a grubby deal with a nasty regime,” he said." – Sunday Telegraph

Gordon Brown vetoes Libyan payout to IRA victimsSunday Times

Spelman-Caroline-on-QT Labour accuse Caroline Spelman of hypocrisy over home extension

"Top Tory Caroline Spelman is adding a major extension to her £2million
home – despite battling for a change in the law to stop people building
in their back gardens. As David Cameron's spokeswoman on planning
issues, Ms Spelman provoked fury last week by telling councils to halt
major home developments. She said a future Tory regime would review
planned housing schemes and is determined to stop "garden-grabbing"
developers who buy up gardens to build new homes. But we can reveal
Communities Secretary Ms Spelman is grabbing part of her own large
garden to build a major extension to her luxurious home in the West
Midlands. – Sunday Mirror

BNP leader to appear on BBC's Question Time

"The BBC has provoked controversy by giving the British National party
a platform for the first time on Question Time, its top current affairs
programme. Nick Griffin, the BNP leader who was elected to the European
parliament in June, is expected to be on the show in October. The
corporation has decided that the far-right party deserves more airtime
because it has demonstrated “electoral support at a national level." –
Sunday Times

Ed Balls attacks Tory schools policyIndependent on Sunday | Sunday Mirror


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