10pm ToryDiary update: Tories 37/33 ahead according to YouGov/Sun

9.45pm ToryDiary: Tories down to 35% in Ipsos-MORI

6.30pm WATCH: Eric Pickles talks about CCHQ's online operations

6pm Matt Sinclair on CentreRight: How to cut public spending (and still win an election)

4.30pm ThinkTankCentral:

3.15pm ToryDiary: What do we want voters to say at the end of the election debates?

Screen shot 2010-03-23 at 15.00.343pm WATCH: I'm likely to be in House of Lords, Tory MP John Butterfill tells journalist pretending to be lobbyist

2pm Local government: Question Time for Boris

Noon LeftWatch: Brown should suspend everyone who's brought the Labour Party into disrepute beginning with…

11.30am Graeme Archer on CentreRight: No poofs

11am Jill Kirby on CentreRight: Banking on confusion

10.15am ToryDiary: Banging the lecturn, Cameron attacks Labour ministers as "appalling people" lying about Tory intentions

STRAW Jack 9.30am Julia Manning on CentreRight: The public heard you Jack Straw: the only problem is getting caught

ToryDiary: You can't stamp out lobbying (because we're all lobbyists)

Peter King on Platform: The lessons to be learnt from the Right to Buy, thirty years on

Local government:

Parliament: The full text of Ian Paisley's last speech in the House of Commons

ThinkTankCentral: Policy Exchange warns that VAT rise could damage economic growth

International: Weakened Merkel puts Germany before Greece

Two polls last night gave the Conservatives leads of 4% and 7%Yesterday evening's ToryDiary

15579747 The Camerons' new baby produces a classic Sun headline >

"Samantha Cameron beams last night after confirming she is expecting her fourth child with Conservative leader David. Sam, 38, said she and her hubby, 43, were "delighted" about the baby, due in September." – The Sun

"Like everybody else I send congratulations and wish the couple joy. But I tell you this – the subliminal message couldn't be better if they'd hired Simon Cowell to produce this event. It says: What could possibly cheer up this country more than a new start – and a new life?" – Bel Mooney in the Daily Mail

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Mary/Thomas/Lucy/Rory/Isadora are favourite names

Michael Martin attacked for handling of Damian Green affair

"Former Speaker Michael Martin has been condemned for failing to exert authority and stop an unprecedented police raid in the House of Commons. Two government departments and the police were also criticised by an investigation into the arrest of Tory MP Damian Green." – The Sun

> Yesterday's Parliament: Michael Martin heads the list of those to blame for the outrageous treatment of Damian Green in November 2008

Tory Facebook campaign gets a bad press

"It was meant to embarrass Gordon Brown: a website,, that would point to the prime minister's links to the Unite union and be one of the first shots in the "digital election". But instead it rapidly turned to embarrassment for the Tory party after it was revealed that the site's template came from a rightwing American group that opposes President Barack Obama's cap-and-trade system – and then became the target of a mass Twitter hack that led to it showing pornography, swearwords, Rick Astley videos, malware links, and redirecting visitors to the Labour party site." – Guardian

Tory online experiment foiled as hackers crash ‘Cash Gordon’ website – Times

> CCHQ's Cash Gordon site is here.

LEIGH edward MP Edward Leigh MP warns of escalating shortfall in the defence budgetExpress

The SNP would be unwise to truck with a minority Tory government – Lesley Riddoch in The Guardian

BBC investigation reveals that MPs, including ten Tories, broke rules on overseas trips from foreign governmentsBBC

Who is worse for Labour: Stephen Byers or Tony Woodley?

 "These are bad times for Stephen Byers. It may come to nothing, but there is dark talk that he should be suspended from the parliamentary party, or even the party itself for bringing Labour into disrepute. Some in Downing Street think he is doing more damage to the party than Tony Woodley, the joint general secretary of Unite. Either way between the BA picket lines and Byers announcing he is a cab for hire, Brown is losing more precious time than he would like voters to devote to taking "another long hard look" at the Tories." – Patrrick Wintour in The Guardian

The Sun Says: "Byers was a useless Transport Secretary. Hewitt was a smugly incompetent Health Secretary. Hoon was a disaster as Defence Secretary. On TV last night we saw them boasting of changing Government policy and getting special access to ministers. So much for Mr Brown's great promises of cleaner politics. Once again the Labour Party is in the gutter."

> Yesterday's LeftWatch: Gordon Brown "satisfied there is no need for further government investigation" into Byers and the cash for influence scandal

Nick Clegg calls for cross-party council for financial stability

Clegg-Nick-On-Newsnight"The Liberal Democrats called for all three main parties to work together after the election in a “council for financial stability”, to agree the basic timetable and scale of deficit reduction. Nick Clegg, Lib Dem leader, said cross-party consensus was needed on the big issues facing the economy, regardless of the result of the general election." – FT

"I cannot help feeling that all the recent talk of militant unionists and irresponsible bankers is a useful distraction for a bunch of politicians without much policy." – Philip Stephens in the FT

A Canadian model for David Cameron – In City AM, Tasha Kheiriddin recommends the tax and spending cutting Ontario government of Mike Harris as a model

Brown planning to make 'no VAT rise' pledge

"I get the impression that senior ministers would take a goalless draw from tomorrow's Budget. If polls do not show a widening of the lead for the Tories they would regard it as a success. But as far as Brown is concerned the Budget will not be his last word on economic policy. In the election campaign it is highly likely that he will pledge not to increase VAT for the whole of the next Parliament, a move that would put the focus on the Tories' plans and what Osborne plans to declare in his recklessly pre-announced "emergency Budget"." – Steve Richards in The Independent

Anyone got an idea for the Labour manifesto? – Rachel Sylvester finds Brown's policy cupboard bare – Times

The public sector pension bill

"The cost of gold-plated pension promises made to public sector workers has soared to nearly £1,200billion, a shocking report warned yesterday. This is the equivalent of sending a bill for £47,000 to every household in Britain, equal to nearly two years' salary for the average worker." – Daily Mail

Tax fears drive rich away from LondonFT

A peer appointed to investigate the veracity of climate science has close links to businesses that stand to make billions of pounds from low-carbon technologyTimes

Cowed Sarkozy reaches out to his enemies in post-election reshuffleIndependent


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