9pm ToryDiary: Tories 6% ahead in northern marginals

6.15pm Local government: Tory leader of Hammersmith & Fullham says shadow cabinet "haven’t run a piss-up in a brewery"

5.30pm WATCH: New UKIP leader, Lord Pearson, says his
party's aim is a hung parliament and he will champion issues that
mainstream parties think "too smelly too touch"

6a00d83451b31c69e20120a5ee49b1970b-150wi4.45pm Sajid Javid on Platform: The news from Dubai is a big blow to the UK banking sector

4.15pm WATCH: In a message for World Aids Day, David Cameron promises to spend more money on tackling the disease in the developing world

4pm David T Breaker on CentreRight: Why we should NOT extradite Gary McKinnon

3.15pm ToryDiary: Lord Pearson is new UKIP leader

2.45pm WATCH: Theresa Villiers promises fewer traffic lights and better roads management in pledge to motorists

Picture 272.30pm Mark Wallace on Centreright wonders if you'd like a sperm as your town's logo?

1.45pm Local government: Liberal Democrats gain three council seats from the Conservatives

1.30pm ToryDiary: Why I, a climate change sceptic, support Greg Clark's 'positive environmentalism'

12.30pm Greg Clark MP on Platform: Conservatives are positively green

Noon Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: Gary McKinnon should stand trial in the USA for the serious crimes he is alleged to have committed

10.45am Local Government: Mark Field MP on Local solutions for family breakdown

 ToryDiary: Fiscal conservatism is key to uniting the conservative coalition

HowardFlight470 Howard Flight on Platform: It is time we talked about Labour's damage to Britain

Local government: Should there be less secrecy in child protection?

WATCH: 'The Boris magic' is on display as he opens a new supermarket. Which other politician could get such a reception…?

Tories pledge to cut £60bn 'wasted' by Labour on unproductive public servicesDaily Mail

"Philip Hammond, the shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, will say a “hearts and minds” bid to raise productivity levels in the public sector could deliver huge savings without harming front line services." – Telegraph

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Philip Hammond to announce plans to boost civil service productivity and efficiency

Michael Gove to blame for PMQs gaffeTimes

Gove Michael in office "The Haringey school has told the local council it no longer has links with "any of the individuals alleged to have connections with Hizb ut-Tahrir"." – Independent

Tory activists are concerned their party will impose excessive tax rises if David Cameron wins next year’s general electionExpress

> Yesterday's ToryDiary on the poll

Labour MP rebuked over corruption claim against Lord AshcroftTelegraph

Britain's 'religious right' is very different from America's

"whereas America’s religious right is largely defined by divisive lifestyle issues such as gay marriage and abortion, the Christians influencing the Tories focus on social problems such as poverty and delinquency. Hence their attractiveness to the Conservatives’ largely non-believing strategists and policy wonks." – Economist

David Cameron has weakened the UK by not backing the Calman report on Scottish devolutionTimes leader

"His best ideas are cloudy, his clearest ideas are eccentric."The Times' verdict on Philip Blond

Philip Blond attacks supermarketsDaily Mail

Recession 'is even worse than feared': Chancellor predicts steepest slump everDaily Mail

Peter Oborne is disgusted by Lord Mandelson going shooting with the son of a bloodthirsty and oil-rich Arab dictator

Mandelson Peter 2 "There will be no Cabinet resignations after the Waddesdon shooting weekend, and Peter Mandelson has not done anything illegal. But the message it sends is loud and clear.  The Labour Party has lost its moral centre. Its leaders have nauseatingly sold out to the aristocratic lifestyle and world of high finance that they claimed to abhor.  Having abandoned the high ideals that took them into politics, they will undoubtedly be abandoned by the voters they once pledged to represent." – Peter Oborne in the Daily Mail

Tory MP Ben Wallace turns up the heat on Lord Mandelson over his weekend away with Colonel Gaddafi's son – The Sun

UKIP's new leader will be announced todayBBC

"The UK Independence Party is set to head in a fresh direction, fighting radical Islam, with the election today of a replacement for Nigel Farage as its national leader. The two favourites to take over from Mr Farage are committed to adding the battle against Islamic fundamentalism to the party’s main goal of withdrawing Britain from the European Union." – Times

Tony Blair decided on Iraq war a year before invasionGuardian

George Miller-Kurakin has died

"Intellectual and visionary, liberal and anti-Communist, George Miller inspired a generation of Conservative activists in the 1980s, when the Soviet Union seemed impregnable. His operations were so extensive that few of his associates knew the full picture." – Independent obituary


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