10.30pm Parliament: Commons would sit throughout next summer if Tories win power

6.30pm ToryDiary: Scottish Tories stuck at 1997 levels of support

3.15pm WATCH: Sir George Young promises more power for backbench MPs

Picture 92.30pm International: Australian Liberals being ripped apart by climate change issue

1.45pm CentreRight updates:

1pm Charles Tannock MEP on CentreRight wishes that Cameron had the power to replace Baroness Ashton

12.15pm: Ridley Grove on CentreRight would like more speeches on immigration


Martin Sewell on Platform: The Conservatives must engage with faith communities so they are prepared for helping to deliver the responsibility agenda

Seats and candidates: 60% of Tory members urge Julie Kirkbride to abandon attempts to stand again

6a00d83451b31c69e2012875cf4d00970c Local government: Phew! This Birmingham building (>>>>) can now be demolished after failing to receive listed status

Nick Seaton on Local government: Paying consultants exhorbitant fees is the wrong way to involve the private sector

Graeme Archer on CentreRight: You have a right not to be married

Martin Parsons on CentreRight: The government has questions to answer about flood defence

WATCH: Painting of Margaret Thatcher is unveiled in 10 Downing Street

David Cameron warns CBI that a failure to address the deficit posed the “greatest single risk to sustained economic recovery”FT

We are going to drive down corporation tax, Cameron tells CBI – City AM

How parties outlined economic strategies to CBI – Scotsman

The Conservative leader clearly grasps the fundamentals of economic recovery – Telegraph leader

David Cameron says 'no' to married rights for live-in couples

"The Conservative leader slapped down his justice spokesman Henry Bellingham, who is conducting a review of family law for the party, following an angry backlash from traditionalists. Mr Bellingham caused consternation by backing new legal rights for unmarried couples, despite fears that they could further undermine marriage." – Daily Mail

Grant Shapps pledges to abolish Home Information Packs within weeks of coming to power

SHAPPS NEW "The Tories have pledged to scrap home information packs (HIPS) within weeks, if they are elected… Estate agents say sellers are put off by the £300 to £400 cost. And with the current shortage of housing stock, they say sellers should not be discouraged from putting their homes on the market." – City AM | Times

The Daily Mail profiles the self-styled 'Red Tory', Philip Blond, two days before he launches his new think tank

"Red Toryism, as portrayed by 43-year-old Mr Blond, contains a number of elements which chime with Mr Cameron's own views and those of his main ideas man, Steve Hilton. Mr Blond believes in the importance of the community as opposed to the state, exactly the 'progressive conservative' message which formed the core of the Conservative leader's conference speech this year. Oliver Letwin, the man writing the next Tory manifesto, says: 'Blond's work is seminal. He's one of the most exciting thinkers around." – Daily Mail

How David Cameron's social concern was inspired by Neville Chamberlain – Charles Moore in The Telegraph

Employment tribunal finds News of the World guilty of bullying while Andy Coulson was EditorFirst Post

Support for Scottish independence down to 29% as support for SNP also slidesTelegraph

The Iraq inquiry opens today but may not report until early 2011BBC

> On CentreRight yesterday Bob Seely predicted what the report would conclude.


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