Screen shot 2010-03-27 at 22.21.51 10.15pm ToryDiary: Conservatives launch seven anti-Brown posters

857 8.30pm ToryDiary update: YouGov has Tories 5% ahead, BPIX gives a 7% lead

8pm Dan Hamilton on CentreRight: President Lula is a sorry embarrassment to Brazil

6.30pm ToryDiary: ICM/ News of the World puts Tories 8% ahead

4pm ToryDiary: George Osborne deserves our support

3pm ThinkTankCentral: Civitas warns of balance of payments crisis

2.30pm WATCH: Cameron attacks Labour's economic record at Milton Keynes event

1pm WATCH: Brown announces his five election pledges

9.30am Melanchthon on CentreRight: Europe must feature prominently in the election campaign

Merkel_cameronToryDiary: Angela Merkel has given David Cameron a great opportunity to renew his Eurosceptic credentials

LeftWatch: Labour aim to present this election as a choice between strong Brown and weak Cameron

Tobias Ellwood MP on Platform: It's time to revisit the debate about introducing permanent daylight saving time in Britain

On CentreRight, Melanchthon has already replied to Tobias Ellwood

Seats and candidates: Sam Gyimah knocks back attempt to undermine him

Local government: Boris tackles food waste

ThinkTankCentral: Have you voted yet in our 'Best Think Tank' survey?

WATCH: Heseltine warns of higher mortgage rates if deficit is ignored

Pensioner benefits join the NHS, international development, science, Europe and the Afghanistan campaign as ringfenced budgets under a Tory government

Screen shot 2010-03-27 at 07.47.50 "David Cameron on Friday pledged to protect £4bn of spending on winter fuel payments, free bus passes and free television licences for the elderly, raising doubts about how the Conservatives would cut record borrowing faster than Labour… The Institute of Directors said free TV licences were “not essential”, and that “ring-fencing particular items of public expenditure risks making the big spending reductions we need much harder to achieve”." – FT

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: David Cameron launches pensioner pledge to rebut Labour smears about Tory policy as he says Brown should be ashamed of his record on the elderly

Polls send conflicting messages on economic competence

A ComRes poll, reported in the Daily Mail, finds Brown/Darling ahead of Cameron/Osborne when asked about economic competence but Angus Reid finds the Conservatives in the lead when only Cameron and Brown are mentioned.

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Darling's proposals get thumbs down from business leaders in IoD poll – Telegraph

David Cameron needs to use Kenneth Clarke to lead the economic battle – Simon Heffer in The Telegraph

Tell us how, Mr Cameron

"We’re sick of the word “change”. What we’re waiting to hear is “here’s how”." – Matthew Parris in The Times

Richard and Judy in The Express
demand honesty from Cameron: "If David Cameron truly believes in open
democracy, let alone in the intelligence and good sense of the British
people, he should step up to the plate and tell us plainly how his
party thinks it can save the economy. All the noughts and the decimal
points, Dave. Give it to us straight. That is not just the right thing
to do, it will also have an automatic and immediate political pay-off.
Once the true scale and detail of the Conservative proposals are known
the full glare of the public gaze would fall on Brown. What would be
Labour’s answer? He’d have to tell us or fight the election running

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: VInce Cable sells austerity

Eric Pickles: We DID wobble in January

PICKLES ERIC 2009 "I accept that we did wobble in early January, we always wobble at election time, even the great Margaret wobbled during elections. I never thought we had it made, I always thought it would be tough. I remain confident that we can deliver to David a working majority but don’t think for a second that I am taking it for granted.” – The Tory Chairman interviewed in The Times

For all the negative feelings towards Mr Brown, there is little enthusiasm for the Tories" – Andrew Grice in The Independent

Richard Benyon MP says a Tory government will have a fishing think tank

"In a move aimed at connecting with ‘the man on the bank’, Shadow Fisheries Minister Richard Benyon announced plans for the creation of an angling ‘think tank’ during a top-level meeting with some of the sport’s biggest names." – Angling Times

Margaret Thatcher is named as one of the "improbable heroes of the green movement"FT

Angela Merkel has no plans to meet David Cameron when she travels to London next week

"Ms Merkel is still seething over Mr Cameron’s decision to pull the Conservatives out of the centre-right grouping in the European parliament, which is dominated by her own Christian Democrat party." – FT

£1.7m government ad boasting that police spend 80% of their time on the beat has been bannedThe Sun

The Conservatives have accused Gordon Brown of "dishonesty" over immigration figuresBBC

4 Channel 4's FactCheck has reached the same conclusion: "Gordon Brown has done it again. The statistics he used for 2009 are an under-estimate, because they don’t include all migrants. The figures he used for 2007 and 2008, however, do. So he’s misled the public by comparing the most flattering data for the latest year with the most unflattering data in the previous years."

> Yesterday's LeftWatch:
Six weeks before the general election, Gordon Brown suddenly realises
that Labour's uncontrolled immigration policy has been wrong

Gordon Brown has told colleagues that strikes in the air and on railways could cost him the general electionDaily Mail

Heathrow protesters win third runway court victoryGuardian

"Rupert Murdoch has declared surrender. The future defeated him." – Jeff Jarvis in The Guardian on NewsCorp's paywall

And finally…

The Mirror sends Lance-Corporal Jones to Steve Hilton's house, urging him not to panic.

Steve-hilton-pic-dm-728517962 Video and photographs here.


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