11.45am Nigel Evans MP on CentreRIght: Reflections on that fateful night in Brighton 25 years ago
9.30am Charlie Elphicke on CentreRight: "The expected announcement today of the privatisation of £16bn assets owned by the Government is reckless and irresponsible. It amounts to a firesale."
Local government: What is scrutiny for?
Tebbits plan return to Brighton hotel on 25th anniversary of IRA bombing – Daily Mail
> On BBC TV yesterday Lord Tebbit paid tribute to the firemen who rescued him.
"The Irish terror group which murdered Tory MP Airey Neave is disbanding amid claims the British Government has given it more than £7million. The INLA said its 'armed struggle is over' and it would pursue its objectives by 'exclusively peaceful political struggle'. Security sources in Ulster claimed the £7million would be 'dressed up' as grants and funds for community projects involving former terrorists." – Daily Mail
Will David Cameron save the Ulster Unionists? – Belfast Telegraph analysis
Baron Trimble's wife Daphne expected to stand for Tories in Northern Ireland – Belfast Telegraph
Defiant MPs vow to fight demand they pay back more than £1million expenses – Daily Mail
"John Mann, the MP who has led calls for a thorough overhaul of the allowances system, raised concern that Sir Thomas Legg's audit of expenses had become too broad, and warned that this might trigger lawsuits that could drag on through the "entirety of the next parliament"." – Guardian
Eleanor Laing MP has still not repaid £25,000 expenses as required by David Cameron – Metro
12.45pm update: Eleanor Laing has given the following statement to ConservativeHome:
"I am not retiring at the next general election. I was adopted as candidate some time ago and the executive committee of Epping Forest Conservative Association voted by a significant majority to support me. I have been touched by the enormous number of expressions of support and loyalty I have had from people in my constituency and I have also had a very supportive letter from David Cameron for which I am very grateful."
Despite the support of her executive committee at a meeting earlier this month, we understand that the President of the Association, Di Collins, has successfully petitioned (with the requisite 50 signatures) for a Special General Meeting of the association – to take place on October 26th – at which a motion of confidence in Mrs Laing will be debated.
The end of the third runway
"Airports operator BAA will not submit a planning application for a third runway at Heathrow airport before the next general election, following Tory opposition to the expansion… Shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers welcomed BAA's decision, saying the Heathrow and Gatwick owner had 'woken up' to the fact that there would be no third runway under her party's command." – Daily Mail
The cost of making civil servants redundant is creating “institutional overstaffing” in some departments, say Tory insiders, with the Treasury reluctant to provide cash for redundancy costs, even where that would produce long- term savings." – FT
Osborne wants FSA chief Lord Turner to oversee supervision at Bank of England
"Lord [Adair] Turner was known as “Red Adair” during his time as Director-General of the CBI, because of his readiness to engage the employers’ organisation with new Labour when the party was trying to establish its business credentials." – Times | City AM
Labour needs to admits its errors on City regulation before it can attack the Conservatives and 'market fundamentalism' – Larry Elliott in The Guardian
Alex Salmond says he could back Tories in event of hung Westminster parliament
"[Scotland's] first minister said he would co-operate with a David Cameron-led administration on key legislation if the Tories agreed to adopt nationalist policies, including support for an independence referendum." – Times
Bruce Anderson: Dannatt should not serve on the Tory frontbench as a defence minister – Independent
London has become the divorce capital of the world – Boris Johnson in The Telegraph
And finally… Armando Iannuci's verdict on Ben Bradshaw MP's tweet about Ivan Cameron's healthcare
Mr Bradshaw's original insensitive tweet is here.
Mr Bradshaw's local newspaper, the Express & Echo, is giving him a hard time, too: "The Exeter MP and Culture Secretary was accused of crass political point scoring by users of Twitter after mentioning the Cameron family's experience of the NHS. The Tory leader's six-year-old son Ivan died in February, having suffered from cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy all his life."
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