6.15pm LeftWatch update: Andrew Mitchell says Labour has "serious questions to answer" over DfID cash given to the TUC

SaveElectionNight graphic6pm Jonathan Isaby on CentreRight: The Government Chief Whip wants to Save General Election Night – because Friday counts increase the scope for electoral fraud

4pm WATCH: At PMQs, David Cameron suggests that Labour MPs are intending to airbrush Gordon Brown out of their election campaign

3.15pm ToryDiary: More than half of GPs now say they will vote Conservative

HELMER ROGER1.15pm Roger Helmer MEP on CentreRight: EU lies and Lib Dem spin

12.30pm ToryDiary: David Cameron teases Brown at PMQs about Labour MPs' lack of confidence in him as the Prime Minister again fails to answer straight question on the economy

11am ToryDiary: Andrew Lansley explains how a Department of
Public Health would provide "national leadership in the fight to
prevent ill health and promote well-being"

Picture 1 10.45am Daniel Hamilton on CentreRight: Could Teddy Kennedy's Senate seat go Republican?

10am Simon Chapman on CentreRight: Families include grandparents

9.45am Local Government: Unison calls for higher Council Tax in Nottinghamshire

9.15am Seats and Candidates: Final six names in the frame for Salisbury Updated at 11.45am with further biographical details

Paul Goodman on ToryDiary: The social and cultural gap opening up over marriage

LeftWatch: Millions of pounds of the DfID aid budget has been granted to the Trades Union Congress

Seats and Candidates Search for 100 Peers: Toby Baxendale

Lord Mackay of Clashfern Lord Mackay of Clashfern on Platform: Religion and sexual orientation are characteristics which should be afforded equal protection under the law

Local Government: Getting lone parents into work in Hammersmith and Fulham

Mark Field MP on CentreRight reports back on an instructive visit last week to Bangladesh


Andrew Lansley calls for revamped alcohol labelling

LANSLEY ANDREW NW "The term "units of alcohol" should be scrapped in favour of centilitres of pure alcohol, the Tories have said. The party said there was confusion over units and the UK should adopt specific measures, as much of Europe does, to help encourage safer drinking. They also called for extra information to be given on labelling, including calorie content, as part of a voluntary agreement with the drinks industry." – BBC

"Information is a basis for us to create a positive climate for changing behaviour towards alcohol, with a strategy geared to encouraging responsibility for our health." – Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley quoted by the Press Association

Alastair Campbell's evidence to the Chilcot Inquiry prompts new questions about when decisions were made about invading Iraq

"Alastair Campbell was accused last night of peddling a shameless litany of lies at the Iraq Inquiry. In a provocative six-hour display, the spin doctor denied doing anything to 'beef up' the case for going to war. And he dismissed the overwhelming evidence of government papers and his own diaries that he pressured spy chiefs to harden Tony Blair's 'dodgy' dossier on Iraqi weapons." – Daily Mail

"Britain was committed to joining the United States in military action in Iraq in a series of secret letters sent to President Bush from Tony Blair months before the invasion, it has been revealed." – The Independent

Liam Fox refuses to be drawn on defence cuts as RUSI predicts "brutal reduction" in Armed Forces personnel

FOX LIAM NEW "The Armed Forces face personnel cuts of more than 30,000 and about 20 per centof its current ships, aircraft and ground units over the next six years, according to a projection by the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi)… The Tories have so far refused to speculate on where they would make cuts, if voted into power in May. “A strategic defence review is the appropriate place to determine the shape of the Armed Forces and to ensure that we have sufficient fighting men for the task required and that commitments are matched with resources,” the Shadow Defence Secretary, Liam Fox, told The Times." – The Times

Tories will change law to cut use of stop-and-search

"Police use of stop-and-search powers under anti-terror legislation would be slashed back by a Conservative government… Chris Grayling, the shadow Home Secretary, told The Independent that Tory ministers would issue strict guidance to police banning the indiscriminate use of counter-terror laws. He also disclosed he was prepared to legislate to cut the number of public bodies entitled to launch "snooping operations" under laws designed to combat terrorism and serious crime." – The Independent

> On CentreRight yesterday, Alex Deane welcomed the ECHR ruling that the power to stop and search at random is unlawful

Chris Grayling welcomes banning of Islam4UK

Chris Grayling head "The Islamist group which provoked outrage with its plan to march through Wootton Bassett will be banned, Home Secretary Alan Johnson announced… Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling said: "We have long argued that Islam4UK should be banned, so we welcome this decision. "We cannot permit any group which propagates the views of banned international preachers of hate and organises hate-filled public protests to operate in Britain." – The Independent

"Tory MP Patrick Mercer said he was doubtful that any ban on Islam4UK – which has already gone through several name changes – would work. He said: “If you ban them, they’ll just reform under another name – something like ‘turbans for freedom’… What we should be doing instead is watching them like hawks – everything they do and everything they say." – Daily Express

A ban on Islam4UK is not enough – Daily Telegraph editorial

"Time will tell whether Mr Johnson has got this decision right." – Independent editorial

> Yesterday on LeftWatch: Why did it take 48 days for the Government to proscribe Islam4UK after David Cameron raised the issue at PMQs?

Thousands of students from suspected bogus colleges still in UKDaily Telegraph

Cameron backs Myleene Klass over defence of her property

"David Cameron demanded a return to “common sense” policing today after criticising the “ridiculous” treatment of TV presenter Myleene Klass. Myleene Klass was warned by officers about waving a kitchen knife to scare off intruders who had entered the garden of her home near Potters Bar in Hertfordshire. Tory leader David Cameron said he did not know the full facts of the case but said the police “do seem to do things that slightly fly in the face of common sense”. – Daily Express

Nick Clegg attacks David Cameron's record on gay rights in pitch for the pink vote

Nick Clegg confrence speech "Faith schools should be legally obliged to teach that homosexuality is "normal and harmless", and gay civil partnerships should be replaced by true marriage, Nick Clegg said last night. In a pitch for the gay vote unprecedented in its scope, ahead of a general election likely in May… Mr Clegg launched a withering attack on the Tories, describing David Cameron as someone who is “very difficult to trust” on the issue of gay rights." – The Independent

The West Country is warned that voting Lib Dem will keep Labour in power

"David Cameron has written to voters in key Westcountry seats warning them a vote for the Liberal Democrats will hand Gordon Brown power for another five years. In the letter, seen by the WMN, the Tory leader said it is not enough simply to think the Lib-Dems are doing a good job locally. In a remarkably explicit appeal for people to vote tactically, Mr Cameron warns that, unless the region votes Tory, "we will not be able to change the government at Westminster." – Western Morning News

> Seats and Candidates: The key marginals in the West Country

Immunity and anonymity for MPs who repay expenses

"MPs who have admitted breaking expenses rules have been offered secret Parliamentary deals to repay the money without being identified, the Daily Telegraph can disclose. Dozens of MPs are understood to have paid back money without their names or abuses being disclosed to the public following the fast-tracked inquiries into their conduct." – Daily Telegraph

Tories plan to introduce longer rail franchises

VILLIERS THERESA NW "Theresa Villiers will on Wednesday promise to introduce a new system of flexible rail franchises of 15 to 20 years to impose stability on the network in the wake of the recent nationalisation of the East Coast Mainline. The shadow transport secretary will tell an audience at Politeia, the think-tank, that longer franchises will provide better value for money for taxpayers and for passengers." – FT

Cameron: I would find time for family as PM (unlike Gordon Brown)

"David Cameron has said that he would make time for his family and get sufficient rest as prime minister in a tacit attack on Gordon Brown. While he did not mention the incumbent by name, the Tory leader made clear that under his premiership 10 Downing Street would be a rather more relaxed environment than at present. Mr Cameron said he believed it was possible to be a "good father" and "good husband" as well as leading the country." – Daily Telegraph

Tories refuse to pay £215,000 legal bill of jailed ex-councillorThe Times

Grant Shapps praises co-op housingThe Guardian

UKIP MEP quits the party's Brussels grouping

"UK Independence Party MEP Nikki Sinclaire is quitting the eurosceptic group her Ukip colleagues have joined in the European Parliament – citing the breakdown of her relationship with former Ukip leader Nigel Farage. A resignation letter on her website also attacks the "variety of extremist views" of other right-wing parties in the Europe of Freedom and Democracy grouping – including "anti-Semitism, violence and the espousal of a single European policy on immigration". – Press Association

Labour manifesto will be "most radical ever"Daily Telegraph

Sky News boss slams MandelsonGuardian


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