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David Cameron is "persistently underwhelming" – Observer leader
Female voters like the Tory leader less than men do – Independent on Sunday
Are you married?
Chris Grayling wants official government forms to record marital status again – Sunday Times
Lord (Steve) Norris?
"Steven Norris, the former Tory transport minister and London mayoral candidate, who is currently chairman of Jarvis, a rail engineering firm, is likely to be made a lord by Cameron and will be part of a number of familiar Tory faces, including Stephen Dorrell and Tim Yeo, who will guide the early part of a new administration. It is thought they will focus on sweeping reform of government and will simplify ministerial departments." – Observer
"If the next government is Conservative, it will be the first time in history that the Tories have been in power without controlling a majority in the House of Lords. They plan to inject a large number of new Tory peers, but that will still leave them outnumbered by the opposition. Tom Strathclyde is relying on Labour and Lib Dem peers to respect the "Salisbury Convention", under which the opposition in the Lords do not wreck legislation that the government has put in its manifesto. This consideration is already having an effect on the internal debate within the Tory high command about how up front they should be about what they have planned for the country. The shrewd Strathclyde is counselling David Cameron that his best protection against being sabotaged in the upper house is to be as specific as possible in the manifesto." – Andrew Rawnsley in The Observer
Cameron faces a fresh uprising from grassroots Conservatives furious at his attempts to promote women – Sunday Telegraph
Eric Pickles was a communist at age fourteen… "Pickles has revealed for the first time his passion for Leon Trotsky and Karl Marx as a teenager growing up in Yorkshire in the 1960s. He admits that he switched to the Tories only in protest at the Soviet Union’s invasion of Czechoslovakia." – Sunday Times
Brown and Cameron apologise after claims they used Armistice Day as a photo opportunity – BBC
The Tory plan for national voluntary service for young people is taking shape concludes John Rentoul – Independent on Sunday
Mandelson wants Cabinet reshuffle so he can be Foreign Secretary – Sunday Times
EU's new 'Foreign Minister' Cathy Ashton was Treasurer of CND – Mail on Sunday
New EU President wants climate change taxes collected by Brussels – News of the World
Lord Ashcroft pays record price for 'ultimate' Victoria Cross – Sunday Telegraph – Sunday Telegraph
And finally… Is Brown REALLY jogging?
"Ever since Gordon Brown was photographed jogging in a London park earlier this month – his track suit bottoms tucked neatly into his socks, naturally – the paparazzi have been lying in wait, hoping, no doubt, for the first picture of the Prime Minister running out of puff. So far, alas, their quarry has eluded them. Just as he had never been seen jogging before the photograph had been taken, he has not been seen since. Some members of the paparazzi are now muttering that the original picture must have been a stunt." – Sunday Telegraph
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