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8.45pm BREAKING NEWS Seats and Candidates: Liz Truss survives deselection vote

7.15pm ToryDiary: ICM puts Tories 13% ahead

6.15pm Seats and Candidates: The final six names in the frame for Congleton

5.45pm WATCH: David Cameron backs "excellent" Liz Truss

5pm Bob Seely on CentreRight: From Brussels to Whitehall is not enough

12.45pm WATCH: Nick Clegg calls for Queen's Speech to be scrapped and replaced with an agenda to clean up politics

10am Alex Deane on CentreRight: As innocent people continue to be added to the DNA database, more evidence rolls in to show the fallibility of this "magic" evidence


Rachel Wolf on Platform: Why we need new schools – and how we are preparing for their establishment

Truss Elizabeth Seats and candidates:


Local government: Thurrock plans for £8 million cut in Government grant

BaldwinReturns Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: Beware of The Times' Tom Baldwin

AmericaInTheWorld: Obama under pressure to attend climate change talks in Copenhagen

The Queen's Speech is full of populist measures

"Gordon Brown will fire the starting gun this week for a general election campaign that could run for six months. He will outline a programme of populist measures in the Queen’s Speech and challenge David Cameron to support them. The Prime Minister is to emphasise his determination to carry on governing with a political programme designed to exploit Labour’s differences with the Conservatives on health, education and the economy. He will use Wednesday’s speech to reveal plans to provide free care at home for about 350,000 of the neediest people and to tear up “risky” bankers’ contracts." – Times

CleggNickDeclaring Nick Clegg: Cancel the Queen's Speech and "clean up politics once and for all" – Independent

"Chancellor Alistair Darling said the Financial Services Authority would be given tough new powers to veto bankers’ contracts if they included bonuses that could lead to excessive risk-taking and endanger the stability of the banking system. But the Treasury last night admitted that there would be no absolute cap on the scale of bonuses. And the measures will do nothing to stop the payment of this year’s £6billion City bonuses in the coming weeks." – Daily Mail

Tories plan massive deregulation of media industry

HUNT JEREMY FORMAL "Cross-media ownership rules, which prevent local groups owning more than one newspaper or radio station, will be abolished. The changes are also designed to create more competition for the BBC nationally and in the regions, where newspapers and television companies are battling for survival. Ofcom, the media regulator, will be stripped of policy-making functions and limited to making judgments in areas such as “decency, impartiality and taste”. The Tories say the changes will be on the same scale as the Big Bang deregulation of the City in 1986 that helped expand financial services and create tens of thousands of jobs." – Telegraph

'Tory unrest grows over Cameron’s ‘dictatorial’ role in picking candidates'

"A senior figure in Tory high command, however, conceded yesterday that the fight over Ms Truss was just one of more than half a dozen where the party had been “cack-handed” over recent selections." – Times

"It's gone beyond adultery, this row. Damning the locals as sexual puritans – one (woman) columnist hilariously depicted them  waving crucifixes and clutching rosaries, which isn't quite where the C of E is at in Norfolk – is to miss the point. It's a standoff between the centre and the locality, between people who would like their MP to be one of them and centralisers who want the parliamentary party to look more like the people around David Cameron." – Melanie McDonagh in The Telegraph

Tim Montgomerie in The Independent: "Trust the people is a great Conservative belief. If Team Cameron trusted the membership in selection they wouldn't always get the candidate they wanted but it would be a good sign that they were serious about their commitment to localism."

Tories urge dropping of Blair for Europe postFT

HAGUE-SMILING "For the EU as a whole, the appointment of a politician as ambitious and limelight-hungry as Mr Blair as the first, defining occupant of a role the Lisbon treaty leaves messily unclear would skew the distribution of power between the EU’s institutions and the member states." – William Hague writing in the FT

Dominic Grieve highlights overnight releases by prison system struggling with overcrowdingTimes

Pro-Israel lobby group bankrolling Tories, film claimsGuardian

Conservatives would fund nature protection through the sale of conservation credits to developersGuardian

Tory leader David Cameron 'does God' but says he will not seek guidance like former Prime Minster Tony BlairDaily Mail

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: "Christian voters will support the Conservative Party in very large numbers at the next election."

Melanie Phillips: I'm sorry, Gordon, but if you must apologise, what about the things that ARE your fault? – Daily Mail

Cash-strapped Labour ‘gives up’ on 60 vulnerable seats Times

Nick Griffin to challenge Margaret Hodge at General ElectionTimes


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