1pm Musical reaction to the Democrats' defeat in Massachusetts: Sing-a-long to The day ObamaCare died
- One Labour hold, one Conservative hold in yesterday's by-elections
- Tory Cornish councillors reject increase in allowances
- Council criticised for cancelling school trip
Cameron launches "broken society" chapter of draft manifesto
"Conservative leader David Cameron is to accuse Labour of "moral failure" and presiding over a country in both economic and social recession. In a speech, he will say the UK rewards parents who split up and is a place where professionals are told to follow rules rather than do what is best." – BBC
"Britain is in a "social recession" even deeper than its economic one,
David Cameron will warn today. Ramping up his pre-election campaign,
the Tory leader will accuse Labour of "moral failure"." – Sky News
George Osborne denies Telegraph story on using fuel tax rises to pay for family tax cuts
"Motorists and air passengers face higher “green taxes” under Conservative plans to fund tax breaks for married couples, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. The money raised will be earmarked for a new “family fund” to cut income tax for families. A wide range of options from an increase in petrol duty to new levies on flights and firms that pollute is understood to be under consideration."
On this morning's Today programme George Osborne said there were no plans to jack up taxes on motorists to pay for tax cuts on families. He said that The Telegraph had been told the story was not true but went ahead with it anyway.
The next generation of Conservative MPs
"Mr Cameron looks at those sitting behind him after the election, he can be satisfied that he will no longer be looking at several hundred mirror images of himself; but nor will they all be carbon-copy Cameroons." – Jonathan Isaby in The Times
A 10% cut in the number of MPs will be a Conservative priority
"David Cameron will rush through a 10 per cent cut in the number of MPs if he wins power this year in an attempt to boost the Conservative Party's prospects of a second victory at the following general election. A Bill ordering a review of the constituency boundaries in England and Wales would be introduced within days of Mr Cameron's first Queen's Speech, shadow ministers have told The Independent."
> Yesterday we listed the likely priorities of a Cameron government's first 100 days
Liam Fox forced to disown General Dannatt's remarks on Trident replacement – North West Evening Mail
Gordon Brown will give evidence to the Iraq Inquiry before the general election – BBC
Brown wants to spend money earmarked for unemployment increases that haven't materialised – FT
20% VAT 'looming' as ministers face mounting debt crisis – Daily Mail
Murder rate in England and Wales at 20-year low with falls in burglary, robbery and violence in the 12 months to September – Guardian
"A surprise fall in the number of burglaries and robberies announced yesterday showed that the expected recession crime wave has so far failed to materialise." – Times
The outcry over the US takeover is politically driven and ignores the facts – Jeff Randall in The Telegraph
And finally… Sally Bercow's tweets
"In a series of tweets about Hansard, she said: “Uses for old Hansards no. 2: Place a pile in front of loo = a handy stepstool for your toddler. Uses for old Hansards no. 5: Wrap in a sheet of fine-grain cork. Stick photo of fave Tory on front (optional). Hang on wall. Throw darts. Uses for old Hansards no. 4: Shred them. Scatter liberally around Tory Councillor's front garden. Ring local press.”" – Telegraph
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