9.30pm Seats and Candidates: Jon Burns selected for Torfaen

ToriesWillNot7.15pm ToryDiary: The Tories will NOT hold a referendum on Lisbon but seek a 'manifesto mandate' to renegotiate Britain's relationship with the EU

Picture 37pm Seats and Candidates: Jonathan Isaby speaks in support of Liz Truss on The Politics Show

6.15pm Seats and candidates: Claire Perry selected to fight Devizes

2.45pm WATCH Four clips from today's political programmes:

2.15pm Melanchthon on CentreRight explains why Elizabeth Truss should not be deselected (although it's not for the reasons some are giving in her defence)

12.45pm WATCH: John Redwood backs the Government's proposed sell-off of the nationalised banks – as long as bad and good assets are both included

Louise Bagshawe10am Louise Bagshawe on CentreRight: "I haven't gone soft on Europe, but I'm not fussed if we don't have a post-Lisbon referendum"

9.45am Seats and Candidates update: Newly-selected Wycombe PPC Steve Baker pays tribute to the "first-class" candidates he pipped to the post

ToryDiary: Andrew Lansley says Labour's latest health pledge shows they are using the NHS as a "political football"

Martin Sewell on Platform: The next Conservative Government should abolish the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service

Local Government:

WATCH: London Assembly Member Richard Barnes reads a message from David Cameron to the London Gay Vigil in Trafalgar Square

William Hague lambasts David Miliband over his "dirty and and underhand tactics"

HagueSquare "The Foreign Secretary used his Labour Party conference speech – his moment to give a positive vision of Britain’s future in the world – to make appalling accusations against Polish MEP Michal Kaminski, the party of the President of Poland and one of the governing parties of Latvia. That was not the behaviour we have the right to expect from a Foreign Secretary… Before Mr Miliband began to throw around allegations of anti-semitism and the like, he should have looked at some of Labour’s allies in the European Parliament. He might have considered Labour’s allies the Romanian Social Democratic Party, whose honorary president has falsely claimed that there was no Holocaust on Romanian territory. He might have considered the Bulgarian Socialist Party, whose leader, as Prime Minister, condemned his country’s first gay pride parade. He might have looked at Labour’s ally in the Polish Self-Defence party, thankfully rejected by voters in June, whose party leader praised Adolf Hitler." – William Hague writing in the Mail on Sunday

"For months, Labour has been attacking the Conservatives' new, Eurosceptic coalition in the European Parliament, called the European Conservative and Reformist Group (ECRG). It has alleged that the group includes anti-Semites, homophobes etc. Such people, in fact, exist in the Europhile group which the Tories have left – Hungarians who denounce "Jewish capital", for example, and Italian ex-fascists. They also find a place in the Socialist group, which includes Labour – and Romanian Holocaust-deniers. But such extremism attracts no attention so long as it falls in a Europhile category. The real danger to the European Union, from the point of view of its leaders and bureaucrats, is an organised opposition to its basic, centralising direction. So the new ECRG is a threat which they must exterminate. In the case of Mr Miliband, this desire to destroy accords with his domestic political objective of trashing the Tories as they approach the threshold of power." – Charles Moore writing in the Sunday Telegraph

> Friday's ToryDiary on the Kaminski row

Tories "poised" to abandon Lisbon referendum if treaty is ratifiedMail on Sunday

Peter Oborne: Cameron has only himself to blame for this mess on EuropeThe Observer

Fraser Nelson on the "evil" of welfare dependency

Fraser Nelson "The biggest evil in Britain today is welfare dependency… Consider a young bloke on the dole. Right now he gets £96 a week via Jobseekers, housing benefit and what have you. Say he goes to work in a shop for five hours a week at six quid an hour. His income rises to just £101. Why? Because while he earns £30, he loses £25 of benefits. So he’s working five hours for just five quid. Say he doubles his shift to ten hours. Then his income stays at £101 because he loses the Jobseekers’ Allowance. And if he trebles his hours to 15 hours a week, he loses even more benefits and takes home £106 week. Do we need to spell it out further? This means his “work pays” an effective rate of 66p an hour. What idiot would do that? Not me. I’d stay at home with the JSA and Sky Plus." – Fraser Nelson writing in the News of the World

New ICM poll boost for Tories

"The poll…  provides a boost for David Cameron, with 42 per cent of voters backing the Tories if a general election was held tomorrow. The party has a 17-point lead over Labour, on 25 per cent, with the Liberal Democrats on 21 per cent in third place. The findings – if repeated at the next election, which must be held by next June – would be enough to give the Conservatives a majority of around 111, according to an analysis by The Sunday Telegraph. Support for the British National Party in the poll is running at just two per cent." – Sunday Telegraph

> Last night's ToryDiary: Heseltine warns of "mountain to climb" as new poll points to landslide Tory victory

How a Conservative Government would tackle the shortage of affordable homes in rural areas

SHAPPS GRANT "The Conservatives want to give residents of areas dominated by second homeowners the power to grant planning permission to build houses for local people… Under plans to be outlined by Grant Shapps, the shadow housing minister, this month, people will be given the power to hold parish-level referendums to decide whether to increase the size of their village. If there is overwhelming support for housebuilding, they will be able to go ahead, without planning permission from the council. “Lack of affordable housing in Britain’s most picturesque areas is a real problem, forcing people out of the places where they have grown up,” said Shapps. “Under our plans, communities can really be in charge of their own destiny.” – Sunday Times

> Thursday's ToryDiary: Grant Shapps promises incentives to turn NIMBYs into YIMBYs

Tories' £5 billion tax breaks for married couples benefit rich most

"Tory plans for tax breaks for married couples would cost nearly £5 billion a
year and benefit richer couples most, it emerged last night. The proposals to allow women who do not work to transfer their personal tax
allowance to their husband would cost £4.9 billion annually and would
benefit only 41 per cent of married couples, according to Treasury figures.
The figures showed that the tax break would save most money for high
earners, making them better off by £2,590 a year." – Sunday Telegraph

David Cameron is Britain's most influential man (according to GQ magazine)

"He hasn't got the keys to Downing Street yet, but David Cameron has already been crowned the most powerful man in Britain. The Tory leader was placed at the top of GQ magazine's prestigious list of the country's 100 most influential men. He is eight places ahead of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who is held to be only the ninth most powerful man for the style bible's 2010 list." – Mail on Sunday

The Sunday papers have more coverage of the South West Norfolk selection saga

Elizabeth Truss "A gently simmering Tory revolt over the selection of a female candidate who failed to declare that she had once had an extra marital affair is threatening to spiral into “Cameron’s Clause IV moment”. The plight of Elizabeth Truss, who has been told she faces a deselection meeting later this month, is enough to send shivers down the spine of Notting Hill modernisers who have tried to make the party more open to women." – Sunday Telegraph

"The female Tory candidate blocked after activists discovered she had an affair with a married MP faced fresh embarrassment last night after it was revealed that she once called for the abolition of the Monarchy. The disclosure will not help Liz Truss woo back true-blue party members in her Norfolk South West constituency, which is just 15 miles from the Queen’s Sandringham House." – Mail on Sunday

"If only Disraeli were on hand to advise Norfolk’s Conservatives. He was once asked whether the latest affair of Palmerston, the Liberal leader, should be exposed. Dizzy was horrified at the thought. “If this gets out,” he warned, “the old man will win in a landslide.” – Sunday Times editorial

> This week in Seats and Candidates: Liz Truss has ConservativeHome's full support

Penrith and The Border's new PPC, Rory Stewart, is profiled by the Sunday Telegraph

"Britain doesn’t make men like Rory Stewart any more. The former diplomat has trekked 6,000 miles across Asia; at 28, wrote a best-selling book, The Places in Between, about the walk; was governor of a province in Iraq at 29; and last year, as well as becoming a Harvard professor, was hailed by Esquire magazine as one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century. Brad Pitt has already bought the rights to his biopic. And he’s only 36." – Sunday Telegraph

Miliband increasingly tipped for EU job

David Miliband "David Miliband's chances of becoming foreign minister of Europe increased dramatically yesterday after it emerged that the most senior figure in the EU is privately leading a campaign on behalf of the Foreign Secretary." – Independent on Sunday

"As Blair's chances recede, so do the prospects in Europe of his protégé David Miliband grow brighter. The Foreign Secretary says coyly that he is "not available" to become the EU's first High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. None the less, he is on the shortlist for the job, and has been feted by Le Monde, the bulletin board of the euro elite. It would be a remarkable achievement for a politician aged only 44 to assume a geopolitical role of this scope and scale (although Napoleon was only 35 when he became Emperor), and its attractions to a scion of the liberal elite such as Mr Miliband, a senior member of the Davos classes, are obvious." – Matthew D'Ancona writing in the Sunday Telegraph

"Flipping" MPs to avoid censure

"On Wednesday, Harriet Harman will announce to the Commons the reforms that Gordon Brown, David Cameron and hundreds of other MPs hope will bring an end to the outcry over MPs' expenses… Yet one of the most serious and widespread abuses of the system – known as "flipping" – has been swept under the carpet. It is not expected to feature in the Kelly review, because his reforms will not be applied retrospectively, meaning all "flippers" will escape censure." – Independent on Sunday

Janet Daley: Why Capitalism, unlike Marxism, cannot collapse

DALEY JANEY BLOG "Properly speaking, capitalism is not a system at all (which
is why most of its supporters prefer the term "free market economics"):
it is just the human condition in economic form. As such, it contains
all of the common vices – greed, selfishness and, as the current crisis
demonstrates, a peculiarly unattractive mixture of ruthlessness and
recklessness. But it also embodies some of the finest human traits:
creativity, courage, intellectual inventiveness and adaptability.
Indeed, it was precisely the need to suppress those invaluable traits –
arguably the ones that are most characteristic of human independence of
spirit – that made communism untenable." – Janet Daley in the Sunday Telegraph

Lord Ashcroft tipped for possible foreign policy role in a Tory GovernmentThe Observer

Theresa May and Yvette Cooper go head to head on welfare reformNews of the World

High street banks to be broken upSunday Telegraph

Gordon Brown plans new spending splurgeSunday Times

BNP "close" to finalising pan-European allianceThe Observer

And finally… Stanley Johnson is reportedly taking a literary dig at David Cameron

Stanley Johnson 2 "Stanley Johnson, father of Boris, the London mayor, has written a novel that pokes fun at a modernising Tory leader who wins an election after parachuting a series of politically correct candidates into winnable seats. Johnson, 69, a former Conservative MEP, has set his novel, to be called The A List, in 2010, depicted as the year of Tory victory. The main characters include a party leader called Donald Carmichael and a crop of new MPs, some of whom are promoted straight into government. Donald happens to be one of David Cameron’s middle names." – Sunday Times


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