8.30pm ToryDiary: The Sunday Telegraph previews Tuesday's Queen's Speech

1.45pm LISTEN: The Week in Westminster discusses the rebellion of 118 MPs against Cameron's changes to the 1922 Committee

ToryDiary: Meet the REAL Cabinet

Mats Persson on Platform: How the Coalition can hold real leverage in European negotiations and force some EU reform

Local government: Standards Board and Government Office for London to be scrapped

LeftWatch: Ed Balls and Ed Miliband disown the Iraq war

Liam Fox: “We are not in Afghanistan for the sake of the education policy in a broken 13th-century country. We are there so the people of Britain and our global interests are not threatened.”

In an interview for The Times, the new Defence Secretary puts national interest at the heart of his worldview: “National security is the focus now. We are not a global policeman. We have obligations to deal with poverty and human rights but that is no different in Afghanistan from dozens of other countries. We shouldn’t deploy British troops unless there are overwhelming humanitarian emergency considerations or a national security imperative.”

Dr Fox arrived in Afghanistan this morning on a joint visit with William Hague and Andrew Mitchell – MoD website | The Sun

David Cameron rules out transfer of powers to strengthen eurozone Guardian | Yesterday's ToryDiary

340x "In opposition, Cameron cajoled his party into coalescing around a reasoned euroscepticism. The policy turns out to be timely as well as rational." – Times leader

Leader-writers at The Telegraph call for economic national interest to be at the heart of Cameron's foreign policy: "Trade, not imperial ambition, has historically been the key to Britain’s international fortunes; Mr Cameron must ensure that it becomes so once again."

In an interview with The Telegraph, David Cameron insists that The Coalition should excite Conservatives

"[David Cameron] insisted that Conservative supporters should be optimistic about the coming years. “I’m a glass half-full man,” Mr Cameron said. “In fact, in this case the glass is seven eighths full, nine tenths full. Because look at the cap on immigration, the European referendum lock, the £6 billion of cuts, the ending of Labour’s jobs tax, the internal market in the NHS, free schools, academies by the autumn, all of the green economy stuff. It is a huge programme.” – Telegraph

Patrick O'Flynn: Cameron is junking too many Conservative principles

"Mr Cameron seems to be in his element with coalition government. This week he came close to saying that the new Con-Lib policy agreement was a stronger document than the manifesto upon which the Tories fought the election. “More radical and comprehensive than our individual manifestos,” was how he put it… He is throwing Conservative articles of faith overboard like a balloonist getting rid of ballast in order to ascend faster to the heavens. An inheritance tax cut? Gone. Repealing the Human Rights Act? You must be joking. Keeping down capital gains tax? Don’t be silly. Repatriating powers from the European Union? Best not to, really. After Cameron’s putsch against the backbench Conservative 1922 Committee one long-serving MP ruefully remarked: “We forgot to ask ourselves what sort of Conservative  David Cameron actually was.” – Patrick O'Flynn in The Express

Simon Heffer in The Telegraph agrees: "How sad do we think Dave is at being made to ditch the remotely Conservative parts of his election manifesto in order to stay in his loveless marriage with the Liberal Democrats? I look at him on his many celebrity public relations appearances – for they are all he seems to do these days – and he looks pretty cheerful. Indeed, he appears to be bearing the blow of ditching the reform of badly-drafted human rights legislation, having to maintain inheritance tax, forcing swingeing rises in capital gains tax and abandoning the party's pledge to support married families surprisingly well."

In The Times, Matthew Parris finds the Coalition programme "splendid" but says the government's success will depend upon the personal qualities, personal instincts and character of Cameron, Clegg and the men and women they lead in Parliament.

Peter Oborne: Cameron regards his party with poorly concealed distaste

OBORNE "There will be moments in the months and years ahead when David Cameron needs his backbenchers more than he does at present. He would be extraordinarily ill-advised if he continues to make enemies on the scale he has already done this week." – Peter Oborne in the Daily Mail

"In relation to his own party, Mr Cameron seems to be throwing good faith and good manners to the winds" – Charles Moore in The Telegraph

Max Hastings: Why I fear the lights will go out in Britain

"Has nobody noticed that the new Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne, is
himself a Lib Dem? He proclaimed on Thursday: ‘The renewables industry
will come of age under this government.’  Last week, he said there is
no reason to stop a consortium building some new nuclear power stations
in Britain, but ‘on the key principle that there will be no public
subsidy’. If even half of what Huhne says is sincere, if Britain does
not start some nuclear plants fast, by 2020 you are likely to find your
lights going out without touching any switches, and the whole economy
imperilled. If the Government really intends to refuse financial
support – while continuing to pour our cash into wind and wave power,
and other objects of green worship – no nuclear plants will happen." – Daily Mail

David Laws: We won't take decisions on tax rises until we've exhausted possibilities of spending cutsFT

The AA attacks U-turn on petrol price stabiliserDaily Mail

Ministers will be forced to use the bus and Tube to cut costsThe Sun

Screen shot 2010-05-22 at 07.35.37 Fears for safety of walkabout CameronTimes

Three politicians and one civil servant will be central to the day-to-day success of the coalition – Peter Riddell in The Times

Has David Cameron kept his promise to reduce the number of Special Advisers? – Channel 4 FactCheck

> Tuesday's ToryDiary: The number of SPADs should be the Coalition’s first U-turn

MPs in angry revolt at new system for expenses Daily Mail


Andrew Grice explains why Labour's voting system makes Ed Miliband the favourite to succeed Gordon Brown – Independent

Diane Abbott is at the centre of a race row after describing David Cameron and Nick Clegg as 'two posh white boys' – Daily Mail

Labour's new motto: immigration, immigration, immigration – John Harris in The Guardian


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