4.45pm WATCH: Liam Fox is interviewed by Andrew Marr
Philip Booth on Platform: Why I have reservations about the "Nudge" philosophy
"No one is ever beyond the pale"; Melanchthon reflects on Jon Venables
Glyn Gaskarth on Local government: Eliminate the tiers but keep the same number of councillors
- Alex Salmond talks to Channel 4 News after launching the SNP's General Election campaign
- Boris Johnson shakes hands with a very large pint of London Pride
Tory lead at 2%, 5% and 9% in two Sunday newspaper polls
Michael Dobbs offers sound advice to the Tory leadership: "Above all,
the Tories must not panic. Leave that for Labour. If Cameron and his
Conservatives show belief in themselves, the country will, too." – The Sunday Telegraph
Perhaps, says the Mail on Sunday; no, no, no says CCHQ and the original source, Ed Vaizey MP.
Cameron, Clarke, Hague, Gove and Hunt will be five main faces of Tory election effort
"The Tories deny that Mr Osborne or Mr Grayling have been snubbed. They say Mr Osborne will concentrate on his behind-the-scenes role as the Tories’ Election mastermind and will make occasional public appearances. However, privately, they admit that Mr Osborne gets low ratings in confidential Conservative polls and was damaged by reports of how he was entertained on Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska’s yacht in Corfu." – Mail on Sunday
The Sunday Telegraph describes Ken Clarke as the Tories' "secret weapon" as he becomes central to the Conservative Party's election campaign.
Tory adviser, Sir Alan Budd, says Cameron cannot avoid raising taxes – Observer
Neither of the main parties seems to have any idea how we are to meet the looming shortfall in power, warns Christopher Booker in The Sunday Telegraph
Lord Ashcroft plans to reinvent himself as a media tycoon – The Sunday Times
The Independent on Sunday speculates at the divisions within Team Cameron about Lord Ashcroft.
Nadine Dorries attacks Mark Oaten for taking £3,700 for appearing in Tower Block of Commons
David Cameron's body language more attractive than Gordon Brown's – The Sunday Telegraph
John Major accuses Gordon Brown of using armed forces as political props
"Gordon Brown was embroiled in a furious row when former prime minister John Major accused him of using British troops as a "party political prop" on a surprise visit to thank soldiers in Afghanistan. Major condemned Brown's decision and said he had orchestrated a "cynically-timed political stunt"." – Observer
Liberal Democrats would work with Labour but not Brown – The Sunday Times
'Try something new,' Nick Clegg tells Sunday Express readers.
And finally… On your bike, minister
"The Conservatives plan to tell their own frontbenchers to ‘Get on your bike’ under plans to slash the ministerial chauffeur budget if they win the General Election. In an echo of the tough message given to the unemployed by former Tory Minister Norman Tebbit in the Eighties, the Conservatives will ‘expect’ Ministers to cycle around Westminster in order to help cut the Ministerial car fleet by a third." – Mail on Sunday
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