9.30pm ToryDiary: Conservatives reluctantly accept that asset sales are "probably necessary"

8pm WATCH: Greenpeace protesters scale the roof of the Houses of Parliament to protest about climate change

4pm ToryDiary: Scottish Tories attack the protectionist SNP over plan to ban foreigners from buying Scottish land

TebbitVideo 3pm WATCH: Lord Tebbit salutes the firemen who rescued him and others from 1984's Brighton Bomb

1pm Seats and Candidates: An updated list of the Conservative MPs already quitting – and those who may yet join them

Gordon-brown-pork-pies12.15pm ToryDiary: Labour has become the nasty party

Noon Jonathan Isaby on CentreRight: Gordon Brown's eyesight should not be an issue for political debate

ToryDiary: MPs' expenses return to the top of the political agenda

Bob Seely on Platform: The new emphasis on looking after veterans is one of the most important things to have come out of the Iraq War

Mark Wallace in Local Government: Naming and shaming the councils which wasted taxpayers' money on a stand at the Conservative Party conference

WATCH: President Obama says he will end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning gays from openly serving in the US military

Public give Tories a big thumbs-up at the end of the party conference

David Cameron Manchester arms stretched "Our poll by ICM reveals voters liked what they heard from Mr Cameron’s team. We asked who had the best policies across the board. And the Tories
came out on top in every area, except health where Labour narrowly beat
them by just one per cent. That is a real vote of confidence in Mr Cameron, pictured below, who has faced repeated accusations that he lacks substance. The results also show that Shadow Chancellor Mr Osborne’s big conference gamble has paid off. In a high-risk strategy he used his conference speech to warn Brits to brace themselves for massive spending cuts. He told voters “we are all in this together” as he warned that
almost everyone would be hit in the wallet to pay for Labour’s
irresponsible spending binge. The poll shows voters backed his plans to freeze public sector pay,
cap civil servants’ pensions, scrap child trust funds and cut Whitehall
budgets. Even people who plan to vote Labour support most of Osborne’s
plans." – News of the World

"David Cameron’s provocative claim that Labour has surrendered its right to be the party that stands up for the poor is vindicated in a poll today. A BPIX survey for The Mail on Sunday reveals that 53 per cent of those asked believe Gordon Brown failed the poor, against 29 per cent who say he helped them. The survey also shows that the Tory leader has won a clear victory in the battle for hearts, minds – and votes… Overall, Conservative support stands at 43, with Labour 14 points behind on 29 and the Liberal Democrats on 16." – Mail on Sunday

> Last night's ToryDiary: 19% Tory lead in News of the World/ ICM poll would produce Commons majority of 170

Countryside campaigners express concern as Nick Herbert signals hunting ban repeal may be delivered through a private member's bill

"Countryside campaigners have warned of a “firestorm” if the Conservatives fail to force through a flagship government bill to overthrow the controversial ban. They fear that David Cameron is close to reneging on a promise he made last year to throw the full weight of a future Tory Government behind the repeal the Hunting Act which makes it illegal to hunt with dogs… Nick Herbert, the shadow environment secretary, said: “We are working up various options about how we will do repeal. We will give time for a vote on repeal but we have also said we don’t intend to waste parliamentary time on this. We haven’t said what form repeal would take in terms of a bill.” He added: “I’m aware of the distinction between a private member’s bill and a government bill but I don’t think it is sensible to rule out options.” – Sunday Telegraph

Tory allies in Europe attacked again by David Miliband

"Foreign secretary David Miliband today accuses the Tories of putting Britain's relations with the world's leading powers at serious risk by allying the Conservative party to far-right European politicians with neo-Nazi and antisemitic links. Writing in today's Observer, Miliband expresses astonishment that William Hague, his Conservative opposite number, can describe as a "good friend" a Polish politician who reiterated last week his opposition to an unconditional apology by his countrymen for the massacre in 1941 of at least 300 Polish Jews. In a blistering attack that takes the row over the Tories' rightwing partners in Europe to new levels, Miliband warns there will be serious repercussions for Britain's reputation abroad if the Conservatives were to win power while allied to such far-right parties." – The Observer

David Miliband has written this piece in The Observer

Is Michal Kamiński fit to lead the Tories in Europe? – Toby Helm in The Observer

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Michal Kamiński tells ConservativeHome that the smears against him come from a "desperate" Labour Party

Tony Blair becoming EU president would mean 'permanent warfare', Tories warn

"Tony Blair becoming president of the European Union would lead to a state of "permanent warfare" between Brussels and a future Conservative government, senior Tory sources have warned. Leading Conservatives turned up the heat by claiming there could be "just two weeks" to stop a process which could see the former prime minister installed in the newly created £275,000-a-year post." – Sunday Telegraph

Alex Salmond moots support for a minority Conservative government

SALMOND ALEX "Alex Salmond has been accused of betraying Scotland after revealing he is willing to support a Conservative government in the event of a hung parliament at Westminster. The 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. The proposal is a break with previous nationalist principles and rhetoric, which have been staunchly anti-Conservative." – Sunday Times

Cabinet Office to be shamed in report on Damian Green arrest

"The Government and the Metropolitan Police are to be embarrassed by a report
into the way they handled the arrest of Damian Green, the shadow immigration
minister. The Sunday Telegraph has learnt that a top official from the Cabinet Office
will be accused of misleading the police about the seriousness of the
security implications resulting from the Westminster leaks that led to Mr
Green’s arrest. The disclosures will embarrass Labour — and be seized on by Opposition
politicians — because the role of the Cabinet Office is to co-ordinate
policy and strategy across government departments." – Sunday Telegraph

Michael Gove: Postal workers are delivering a bleak future for themselves

"Short of a grassroots campaign among the turkey community calling for all our Christmases to come early it's hard to think of a more wilfully self-destructive act than the decision by postal workers to go on strike and thus ensure that all our presents actually come sometime in February. I wonder if the guys at the Royal Mail even begin to realise just how fragile their position is. Because if they did they'd no more go on strike than a pensioner diagnosed with pneumonia would think the answer was 40 Capstan Full Strength before bed." – Michael Gove writing in Scotland in Sunday

Jobless on the frontline of Tories' first battle

"Spiralling unemployment will be a key battleground in the election as new figures reveal that more than 100 people are chasing just one job in some of Britain’s ultra-marginal seats. Research by the Sunday Express shows that dozens of vulnerable Labour seats have been hit hardest by the recession. Almost half the top 117 target seats the Tories need to win to form a government have above-average unemployment." – Sunday Express

Has David Cameron found the way to the summit?The Sunday Times considers the policies unveiled in Manchester and where they leave the party

William Rees-Mogg: Some people are sceptical about David Cameron. I'm not…

William Rees-Mogg "I do not share the scepticism about Cameron. I'm impressed by the consistency of his beliefs. When he became leader of his party in 2005 he said he would change the Conservatives into a party fighting for the centre ground. He has done just that. It does make sound politics, but it is also what he believes. When a leader is consistent within himself, he can hope to develop his party in a consistent direction." – William Rees-Mogg writing in the Mail on Sunday

Philip Blond: How Conservatives will help those betrayed by Labour

"The overwhelming thrust of this new Toryism is to tackle the causes of poverty, not just its symptoms. For Cameron’s new ‘One Nation’ Tories there are five main drivers of poverty. They are: Economic dependency – the UK has the highest proportion of children living in workless households out of any EU country; Educational failure – 44,000 school leavers each year are illiterate; Family Breakdown – 70 per cent of young offenders are from lone-parent families; Drink and drug addiction – one million children have alcohol-addicted parents; Debt – British consumers are twice as indebted as those in Continental Europe. All of these are now being addressed by Cameron." – Philip Blond writing in the Mail on Sunday

Fraser Nelson is delighted that those setting up schools under a Tory government will be able to make a profit

"Until last week, I saw a flaw in the Tory [schools] plan. They were going to ban anyone from making a profit out of a school. I was wrong. From my conversations last week, I’m confident Cameron will let the new schools make a profit. I’m told it will be called a ‘management fee’. They can call it
‘Louise’ if they like because it will give the go- ahead to what we
need. Hero headmasters, the ones who turn around sink schools, will be able to become education entrepreneurs." – Fraser Nelson writing in the News of the World

Tories must aim for simplicity, not more stealth

"Who would have thought a Conservative government would extend the means-testing of middle-income families? Or sanction a system in which professionals who contribute to a pension face tax rates of more than 100%?That’s the situation we’ve been left with following the Tory party conference in Manchester last week. Leader David Cameron and shadow chancellor George Osborne may have been honest about the need for spending cuts to get us through hard times, but they were less honest on tax." – Kathryn Cooper in the Sunday Times

Matthew D'Ancona: David Cameron and George Osborne offer a surprisingly radical agenda – Matthew D'Ancona a writing in the Sunday Telegraph

Janet Daley: David Cameron's promise of a smaller state has finally given the Conservatives real moral force

DALEY JANEY BLOG "Now that the Tories have laid out a full-blown exposition from philosophical principles to policy implementation – one has to wonder why it took quite so long to get here. The logical clarity and moral force of the message are so comprehensible and compelling: smaller state = stronger society; overweening government = individual irresponsibility. As soon as the words were out of David Cameron's mouth, it was clear that they were completely in tune with the present public mood of disgust and insurrection against the power of central government." – Janet Daley writing in the Sunday Telegraph

Will Hutton: Sorry, David, if you roll back the state, you invite disaster – Will Hutton writing in The Observer

John Rentoul: David Cameron's big speech was a dud that can cost him the election (if Gordon Brown stands aside)

"I didn't like him watching his daughter skip across the playground on her first day at school. I thought it was unwise to say: "I want every child to have the chances I had." As someone was bound to comment, that is going to cost a fortune in tailcoats. When he said: "I am not a complicated person," I thought it wasn't for him to say. I may not be the best person to judge, because I do not really like the big conference set-piece as an art form. Despite my slavish admiration for a former prime minister, I never liked even his overwrought rhetorical presentations. But nobody seems to have enthused about Cameron's speech on Thursday." – John Rentoul writing in The Independent on Sunday

Why Cameron's speech failed to inspire – Jane Merrick in The Independent on Sunday

The Tories smarten up

"For the last decade or so, Tory party Conferences have been been like gatherings of an obscure cult – devotees of a faith that time had passed by. New Messiahs came and went: William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Howard. False Gods appeared like Michael Portillo, urging a clean break with Old Testament Thatcherism. But no one really cared about the Tories’ petty passions, their esoteric doctrines, and congregations dwindled. Until now. Suddenly, the Tories are back." – Iain MacWhirter in the Sunday Herald

Things can only get bluer

"This is what everyone tells me about this year's Conservative party conference – MPs, journalists, the party faithful, the progressive left-leaners, the hardline rightwingers: that this year there are far more of what certain of them refer to as – and this is their word not mine – "normal" people. It's true that there are 18-year-olds in pinstriped suits with handkerchiefs tucked neatly into their top pockets, as well as lady golfers with strangely immobile hair, and swivel-eyed ideologues who have a crazed Pavlovian reaction if you so much as whisper "Europe" within 500 yards of them. But some appear not just normal, they're even young." – Carole Cadwalladr in The Observer reviews the Conservative Conference

Boris Johnson warns EU to keep out of the CitySunday Telegraph

The pledges made by George Obsorne last weekIndependent on Sunday

Has Darling or Osborne the best plan for cutting the deficit?The Observer

Labour threat to dock £40,000 from Dannatt pay for joining ToriesMail on Sunday

Labour peer claimed £38,000 for "home" in which he never lived or stayed

"A multi-millionaire ally of Gordon Brown pretended that a small flat occupied
by one of his employees was his main home so he could claim £38,000 in
expenses from the Lords. Lord Paul, one of Labour’s biggest donors and a friend of the prime minister,
has admitted he never even slept in the flat, despite stating it was his
main residence. The one-bedroom flat was occupied by a manager from one of Paul’s hotels who
confirmed last week that the peer had never lived there while claiming the
expenses." – Sunday Times

How much champagne did the Tories guzzle in Manchester?

"Tory PR chiefs had spent the week trying to cast the party as in tune with recession-hit voters, with Mr Pickles urging delegates to behave in a “humble” way. But there was no sign of that at the £200-a-night Midland Hotel. Over the four days of the conference guests at the hotel got through 650 bottles of champagne and 3,000 bottles of wine. An insider said bar takings exceeded the hotel’s target of £160,000." – Sunday Mirror


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