9.15pm Melanchthon on CentreRight: Nutt, Advising, Deciding & Transparent decision-making
7.30pm CentreRight updates:
- Jonty Olliff-Cooper proposes Five big ideas to achieve the Big Society
- Robin Simcox writes his first post: Denouncing Anwar al-Awlaki
3.30pm CentreRight updates:
- Greg Hands MP urges you to join the campaign to 'free Clem Attlee'
- Mark Wallace introduces the new Great EU Debate
Quentin Langley on Platform: Do the Tories have a mountain to climb at the next election?
Fraser Nelson: Cameron owes his political success to his Euroscepticism
"Mr Cameron needs no reminder of the power of Euroscepticism within
the party, as he owes his parliamentary career and his leadership of
the party to it. During the leadership, his pledge to leave the EPP
gained him crucial support. He was selected for Witney over Andrew
Mitchell, who was still resented by party activists for his role as a
whip in John Major’s government over the Maastricht votes." – Fraser
Nelson in The Spectator, within an article analysing the Tory plan to repatriate powers
The Guardian asks key commentators.
Francis Maude draws up list of advisers most likely to enter government – PR Week
Friendship networks have consolidated The Sun's bond with Cameron's Conservatives – Guardian
Would Brown's staff dare to correct one of his letters or would they fear flying Nokias? – Matthew Parris in The Times
Gordon Brown to admit mistakes on immigration during keynote speech on issue – Times
"In an interview with the Daily Mail, Mr Brown signalled a major shift in his Government's immigration policy as he admitted it had put key public services in some parts of the country under severe strain. In what will be seized on by opponents as an admission that existing restrictions are too lax, he pledged to tighten the new points-based entry system before the next election."
Labour expected to hold Glasgow NE in today's by-election – Guardian
Mandelson might hold weekly televised news conferences to explain government business – Guardian
Former UKIP MEP Tom Wise jailed for £39,000 expenses fraud – Times
200 MPs will be forced to repay £1m of public money – Daily Mail
And finally… There is a faraway country called 'Brownland' where the Prime Minister's policies are working
"Mr Brown certainly gives the impression of living in a world of his own, in which he is more and more cut off from reality. Each week at Prime Minister’s questions he insists on giving us a guided tour of Brownland, a strange country in which he is still doing wonderfully well… Any suggestion that Brownland is a complete fantasy makes Mr Brown very angry indeed. He hated it when Mr Cameron said that various schemes to help people through the recession have hardly been taken up, and retorted that this is because things are so very much better, thanks to Government action, than had been expected, that these safety nets are not required." – Andrew Gimson in The Telegraph
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