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6a00d83451b31c69e20120a5dab2ae970c-200wi 6.30pm Seats and candidates: Fiona Bruce selected for Congleton

6.30pm Melanchthon on CentreRight on what we've come to: "This chap felt he ought to apologise to me for touching my son whilst preventing him from running into the road and possibly being knocked down by a car. …" 

5.15pm LISTEN: Radio 4 broadcast Michael Dobbs' play about Margaret Thatcher's last days in office

Picture 454pm WATCH:

2.30pm Roger Helmer MEP on CentreRight: Philip Blond fails the Thatcher test

9.45am Graeme Archer on CentreRight: Aliens 'Already Exist on Earth'. No kidding.

LeftWatch470 ToryDiary: Can you help with ConHome's new LeftWatch page?

Murdo Fraser MSP on Platform: Embracing devolution and moving it on is the way to faster progress and greater success for the Scottish Conservatives

Seats and candidates: Dr Daniel Poulter adopted for Suffolk Central and Ipswich North

Dr Andy Johnston on Local government: After the flood, who should pay the bill?

WATCH: Alex Samond talks to the BBC's Political
Editor on the eve of the publication of the SNP government's White
Paper on Scottish independence

LanslideTelegraph Conservatives 6% ahead in northern marginals and 10% ahead nationallyTelegraph | Yesterday evening's ToryDiary

Cameron rejected UKIP pact on EU referendum Times | Guardian

Lord Pearson is interviewed in The Times: “It is very worrying that a large and growing sector of our society is set against our way of life and laws, our treatment of women and our religion.” Islamism is, in his view, a bigger threat than the European Union. “Its problem is that it is a religious, political and legal system all rolled into one, the penalty of leaving it is death, and it is on a roll all over the planet.”

Lord Pearson plays the Islam card to win leadership of UKIP – Independent

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Lord Pearson is new UKIP leader

"The power to oversee the City of London was yesterday given to a Frenchman known for his dislike of the free market and love of a strong EU." – Daily Mail

This week's opinion polls have worried markets that had come to expect a Tory governmentFT

Philip Hammond promises focus on public sector waste

HAMMOND PHILIP NEWSNIGHT "The Conservatives promised the jittery financial markets today that they would urgently restore discipline to Britain's national debt and protect frontline public services by tackling what they claim is lax productivity and Labour's "catastrophic" waste. Philip Hammond, the shadow chief secretary, said "high-performing public sector businesses" such as the Passport Agency would be allowed to bid for work from other government departments where its proven IT skills were essential." – Guardian

Ken Clarke: Scotland's Parliament could get new powers from Tories in first year of office

CLARKE KEN ON ITN "One of the leading members of David Cameron's front-bench team has said he sees no reason why proposals to increase the Scottish Parliament's powers should not be brought forward in the first year of any Conservative government. Former chancellor Ken Clarke's comments to a gathering of business people and academics in Edinburgh yesterday appeared to calm fears that a new Tory government would put the reforms of devolution into the long grass." – Scotsman

Cameron's team couldn't run a p*** up in a brewery says Tory leader of H&FDaily Mail | Local government blog

Town halls benefit as Labour announces £3.2bn increase in fundingTimes

Lord Mandelson has pushed our public life into a culture of chicanery, political lies and the circumvention of parliamentary democracy – Charles Moore in The Telegraph

Ex-defence secretary Des Browne becomes latest Labour MP to quitGuardian | BBC

Is interest in the Iraq inquiry already dwindling?

"The queues of day one and the protesters in carnival masks were long gone. The inquiry room was chilly, as though they had switched the heating off a bit early for the weekend, and barely a third full." – Mary Dejevsky in The Independent

The leaked climate change emails point to dangerous "groupthink" among scientists – Christopher Caldwell in the FT

Uganda proposes death penalty for HIV positive gaysTimes

And finally… Will Boris wear the new London kilt?

Picture 30 "London mayor Boris Johnson certainly has the stature to carry off wearing a kilt. And hopes are high that he could be one of the first to don a new tartan being specifically designed for London and Londoners. A competition to design the tartan will be officially launched on Monday, St Andrew's Day, by the Scottish Tartans Authority and Kings Place, an arts venue in the capital." – Scotsman

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