5pm Melancthon on CentreRight says MPs should stop appeasing: "Party leaders believe that they can appease the Mob. They can't – the more you appease them, the more they will believe that you were in the wrong."
- Tim Montgomerie: Frank Field attacks Thomas Legg's "justice of a roulette wheel"
- David T Breaker: How do you solve a problem like Lisbon?
Nick Herbert commits Tories to repealing Hunting Act
"For all these reasons, there is a compelling case to sweep this law off the Statute Book. That is why David Cameron has said that, if we are elected, we will give Parliament the opportunity to repeal the Hunting Act on a free vote, with a government bill in government time. There will be no watering down or retreat from this pledge, which will be repeated in our election manifesto.” – Nick Herbert quoted in The Sunday Telegraph
The Mail on Sunday suggests that Lord Heseltine may join the first year of a Cameron government
"Michael Heseltine could make an astonishing comeback if David Cameron wins the General Election, sources have told The Mail on Sunday. Lord Heseltine, 76 – nicknamed ‘Tarzan’ after swinging the Commons mace at Labour MPs in the Seventies – would serve for the first year of a Tory administration as an unpaid Minister without Portfolio in the Lords. The aim would be to deploy the former Deputy Premier’s ‘attack dog’ skills, which remain largely undimmed, to lend experience to Mr Cameron’s untested team… A Conservative party spokesman said: ‘David Cameron is concentrating on the General Election campaign, not the shape of any future administration.’" – Mail on Sunday
David Cameron is considering introducing temporary peers
"The Tory leader is keen to draft in outsiders, including the fashion accessories designer Anya Hindmarch and Feargal Sharkey, the singer, for advisory roles by making them members of the Lords. However, he does not want people brought in for a stint in government to keep their Lords’ seat for life, and is examining whether they could serve for limited periods." – The Sunday Times
The number of women and gay Tory MPs is set to increase threefold at the general election – The Sunday Times
Andrew Lansley and Andy Burnham answer questions on health policy from News of the World readers – News of the World
The ferocious public mood and difficult economic times may make Cameron a one-term wonder – Andrew Rawnsley in The Observer
Alex Salmond hasn't convinced the Scots they want independence
"Support for independence remains stubbornly low — 30% at the highest, on a good day, and with the question loaded in the nationalists’ favour. Salmond knows this and it must frustrate him deeply. The first stage of his grand strategy — to seize power — went according to plan, and phase two — convincing the electorate that he can govern — isn’t going too badly (he is far more popular than the other party leaders in Scotland). But the denouement, a resounding endorsement by Scots for a separate Scotland, has not materialised." – Jenny Hjul in The Sunday Times
Holocaust survivors will confront BNP on Question Time – The Sunday Telegraph
Nick Griffin has put his twenty stone bodyguard on his MEP expenses – The Sunday Times
The BNP won’t go away if we ignore it – Martin Ivens in The Sunday Times
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