Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: The BNP can't be beaten in sixty minutes


10pm Melanchthon on CentreRight blames proportional representation for the rise of the BNP

9pm WATCH: BBC profile of Nick Griffin

7.45pm Rob Wilson MP on CentreRight: Labour failure has led to the rise of the BNP

6.15pm ToryDiary: In Washington confrontation, Hillary Clinton castigates William Hague for Conservative Party's new allies in Europe… EXCEPT SHE DIDN'T

6pm WATCH: Ken Clarke says Royal Mail needs private sector capital and management

5.15pm Two CentreRight updates:

Picture 55pm Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: The BNP's best friends

4pm Alex Deane on CentreRight: Keir Starmer, the Conservatives and the Human Rights Act

2.15pm: Special survey on All Women Shortlists and general selection issues

12.45am Seats and candidates: The six finalists for Esher and Walton

11am ToryDiary: Questions for you on candidate selection

10.15am WATCH: David Cameron talks about his 50th "Cameron Direct" event

ToryDiary: Tory and Labour "cowardice" on immigration is helping BNP, warns Nicholas Soames

Trashed Seats and candidates: CCHQ has trashed principle after principle in its manipulation of candidate selection

Mark Field MP on Platform: Sounding the last post for our Royal Mail?

On CentreRight: Sally McNamara urges Hillary Clinton not to lecture the Conservatives on Lisbon

Local government: BNP councillor quits

WATCH: Sir Thomas Legg apologises to Ken Clarke after errors emerge in his review of MPs' expenses

Yesterday David Cameron became the first leader of his party to meet a Sinn Féin leader since 1921Times

Tories accuse David Miliband of attempting to sabotage Tory relationship-building with Obama administrationDaily Mail

Hague-Blue-SkiesWilliam Hague emphasises Tony Blair's pro-Americanism in bid to
persuade EU Ambassadors that the former PM should not be President of

Supporters of Tony Blair's EU Presidency bid want decision before Iraq inquiry upsets European leaders – Daily Mail

Tories attack Director of Public Prosecutions for 'political' defence of Human Rights ActBBC

Will the Tories do away with the Human Rights Act? – Analysis by the Legal Editor of The Times

Local housing allowance will be allowed to go directly to landlords if Conservatives win electionGuardian | BBC

Amanda Platell: Hasn't David Cameron learnt ANYTHING from the Blair Babes catastrophe?

 "Female-only shortlists are about image, not substance. And they stink. Such meretricious stunts should have no place in a Conservative party. All the more so when Labour's own experiment with female shortlists proved to be so disastrous. Has Cameron learned nothing from the catastrophe that was Blair's Babes – the female intake of the 1997 election?" – Amanda Platell in the Daily Mail

"Oh please, David no. It was all going so well: the Conservative Party is back on track, almost certain to win the next election, with those at its helm displaying some realisation of what a mess this country is in – and then they go and start talking about introducing women-only shortlists. This is a terrible idea. To anyone who really believes that this form of positive discrimination can help women up the ladder in politics I have two words for you: Jacqui Smith." – Virginia Blackburn in The Express

"This newspaper has been tough on the Conservatives because the party has not been hospitable to women candidates. It is only fair to acknowledge that all-women shortlists, despite the objections to them, are a serious attempt to address the problem." – Times leader

Reform think tank urges Tories to end middle class welfare

REFORM "George Osborne, the Conservative shadow chancellor, was wrong to pledge to keep child benefit, winter fuel allowances and free TV licences, and an incoming government should take the axe to “middle-class welfare”, a free-market think-tank said on Wednesday. Middle-class welfare – which includes the portions of child benefit, tax credits, state pensions, maternity pay, student loans and a clutch of other benefits that go to the better-off – costs the taxpayer £31bn a year, Reform claims. That is the equivalent of 8p on the basic rate of income tax, it says." – FT

If national spending is to go down, the middle classes must stop accepting benefits they don’t need – Andrew Haldenby of Reform in The Times

BBC is right to allow BNP on Question Time, says Mark ThompsonGuardian

Nick Griffin: Obama is a "racist bigot"

The BNP leader gives an interview to The Times: "If [Griffin] had mixed-race grandchildren, he would love them but still be unhappy for “the same reason that African people, West Indian people and Asian people are proud of their traditions and identity”. Skin colour, he adds, is a marker of identity and the merging of disparate ethnic groups into “a sort of Americanised melting pot” threatens to be “catastrophic”. How does he feel about President Obama? “He is an Afrocentric racist bigot.” He thinks American blacks should have been resettled in Africa “because the two peoples living side by side would cause problems forever”."

Customers will desert banks if they pay large bonuses to their executives, Lord Myners, the City minister, has warnedTelegraph

Obama's bank pay curbs may condemn bailed-out institutions to terminal decline – Allister Heath in City AM


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