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10.30pm Parliament: What will happen to the Salisbury Convention under the Coalition Government?

Screen shot 2010-05-23 at 20.21.358.15pm WATCH: Tim Montgomerie talks to the IEA about the Tory failure to win an outright majority and the challenges ahead

4.30pm ToryDiary: Lord Forsyth gives a stark assessment of the state of the Scottish Conservative Party

3.30pm Lee Rotherham on CentreRight is outraged at the leak of a draft of the Queen's Speech

2.30pm ToryDiary: William Hague explains the Government's policy towards Afghanistan

1pm ToryDiary: Unusual suspects question Cameron's approach to party management

12.30pm Neil O'Brien on CentreRight: It's time to face the truth – drugs get into prison via corrupt prison officers

Picture 411.30am WATCH: Sky News reports on the expected contents of the Queen's Speech, as leaked to today's Sunday papers

10am LeftWatch: John Prescott signals his desire to remain on the political stage as he runs for Labour Party Treasurer

ToryDiary: Where will the axe fall for the £6 billion in cuts being announced tomorrow?

Gareth Knight on Platform: Reducing the number of constituencies and equalising their size is a daunting task – but should have positive effects

LeftWatch: Neil Kinnock declares his support for Ed Miliband

Abolished Glyn Gaskarth in Local Government: Scrap the RDAs

WATCH: William Hague, Liam Fox and Andrew Mitchell pay their first visit to Afghanistan as Cabinet ministers

1922 Exec may defy David Cameron's snap ballot on membership

"The Sunday Telegraph can reveal that MPs on the ruling executive of the backbench 1922 Committee are planning to openly defy the Prime Minister by throwing out his attempt to change the group's rules… Mr Cameron forced through a vote last week to allow ministers to take part in the 1922, which normally acts as a forum for backbench opinion… However, executive members have told this newspaper that they believe the rule changes forced through by the Tory leader are invalid. The 18-strong executive is holding discussions by telephone this weekend to discuss throwing out the changes, and will meet in the Commons on tomorrow morning before announcing their position." – Sunday Telegraph

James Forsyth "There is anger at the change to the 1922 Committee that Cameron has forced through, which ends its role as the voice of Tory backbenchers. Such a move was bound to provoke opposition. But the way it was done with the parliamentary party bounced into an instant vote has generated considerable ill-will. Some 118 MPs, 39 per cent of all Tory MPs, defied their leader to vote against it. There is even one Secretary of State who is claiming, privately, to have cast his ballot against the measure. It is quite remarkable to have dissent against a new Prime Minister on this scale even before his first Queen’s Speech is unveiled. It will take a long time for some Tory MPs to forgive Cameron for riding roughshod over the rules of the Tory parliamentary party." – James Forsyth in the Mail on Sunday

"As MPs trooped into the committee room to make their choice, it was
clear that Patrick McLoughlin, the Tory chief whip, who is in charge of
maintaining party discipline, was taking no chances. Two of his
henchmen stood by the battered metal ballot box with their arms
crossed, as MPs posted their voting forms. “It was supposed to be a
secret ballot, but it was hard to fill in our forms without the whips
catching a glimpse of where we had marked our crosses,” said one MP.
“This was more like Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe than the mother of
parliaments.” – Sunday Times

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

> Thursday's ToryDiary: David Cameron has won 1922 rule change by 168 to 118 votes

Fraser Nelson: David Cameron should tread with care

"The new MPs are a modest bunch. Some I met are sleeping on mates’ floors, too scared to claim expenses for hotel stays. They know concessions have to be made to keep Nick Clegg’s lot happy. They admire Cam. They badly want the coalition to succeed. But like many Tory voters, they’re wondering: was it really necessary to keep the hated Human Rights Act? Did he really have to drop his immigration pledge from the coalition document? And the same about longer sentences for knife crime? …Cameron should tread carefully. He needs to keep his links: not with any Tory faction, but with target voters. Cameron is facing a trap here. Moving to the centre ground of Westminster means moving to the fringes of public opinion. So Cam should treat his Tory MPs, their agenda and the ten million voters who supported it the utmost respect." – Fraser Nelson in the News of the World

Tax changes causing unease in Tory heartlandsSunday Telegraph

Police leaders attack government plans for sweeping reform

Police "A coalition of police authority leaders and senior officers warns today that the new government's plans for sweeping reform of the service will make the country's streets less safe. The plans for directly elected commissioners, who will oversee chief constables, are expected to form a centrepiece of Tuesday's Queen's speech to parliament. But in a letter to the Observer, police authority chiefs voice outright hostility to the measures, saying they are "uncosted", "driven by dogma" and "undermined by absence of debate". – The Observer

Tuesday's Queen's Speech set to include 21 Bills

"David Cameron's 500-day programme for turning Britain into a “strong and fair society” can be disclosed by The Sunday Telegraph. A late draft of the Queen’s Speech, obtained by this newspaper, reveals that the Government will spell out an ambitious programme of at least 21 Bills to be introduced in the next 18 months. Within days, the coalition Government intends to bring in key school reforms and scrap plans for ID cards." – Sunday Telegraph

The Queen's Speech is ambitious and necessary – but it's only the startSunday Telegraph editorial

> Last night's ToryDiary: The Sunday Telegraph previews Tuesday's Queen's Speech

Tories take a peek at Sweden's schools revolution

"The long-cherished dream of Tory Education Secretary Michael Gove is coming to fruition quickly. Two new Swedish-style schools will open in the London suburb of Richmond at the start of the new academic year in September, heralding a revolution in Britain. Pupils will be offered a back-to-basics education that has been working miracles in Sweden, free from gimmicks but instead delivering good teaching with a customised programme for every child." – Sunday Express 

David Cameron: My beliefs and values have not changed

David Cameron 2010 open neck serious "Before the election I said to this paper that we can turn our country around — and I promised a blitz of action. Nothing has changed today. I may be leading a coalition but I am a Conservative Prime Minister and my beliefs and values have not changed. There have been concessions during the course of the coalition negotiations but I passionately believe that those many millions of people who voted Conservative now have a programme that will deliver for them and their families. Reducing the deficit must be — and is — the priority of this Government but you will see in this week’s Queen’s Speech that there are commitments to other truly significant reforms." – David Cameron writing in the News of the World

"Confusion" over Government policy on Afghanistan

"Government policy on Afghanistan was thrown into confusion yesterday as three Tory cabinet ministers issued contradictory messages about the UK's objectives ahead of a meeting with President Hamid Karzai in Kabul. Former military chiefs urged ministers to clarify their approach as a matter of urgency after Liam Fox, the defence secretary, said he wanted troops out "as soon as possible" and insisted that British soldiers were not there "for the sake of the education policy in a broken 13th- century country". In an interview with the Times, he added: "We are there so the people of Britain and our global interests are not threatened." His comments appeared to be at odds with remarks by Andrew Mitchell, the international development secretary, and foreign secretary William Hague, whom he accompanied on the trip." – The Observer

The "rollercoaster coalition"

"In the 11 days since their bargain was struck, Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg have been on a rollercoaster of activity and innovation, often dragging unconvinced colleagues behind them." – Independent on Sunday

Britain's new political elite around Cameron and CleggSunday Times

23 of the 29 members of the new cabinet are millionairesMail on Sunday

Andrew Rawnsley: Why Cameron prefers coalition to being alone with his own party

Rawnsley Andrew "To David Cameron, the merits of coalition start with hard electoral calculation. Beginning tomorrow, when George Osborne unveils the first tranche of spending cuts in tandem with his Lib Dem deputy David Laws, this government will be making decisions with a high potential to make it screamingly unpopular. Sharing the burden of responsibility between two parties makes cold electoral sense, which is why the chancellor was just as signed up to the idea of a coalition as the prime minister." – Andrew Rawnsley in The Observer

John Rentoul: The coalition will succeed precisely because of the Prime Minister's prowess with the deft about-faceIndependent on Sunday

The Camerons prepare to move into the flat above 11 Downing Street

"After a fortnight of behind-the-scenes discussions about his four-house portfolio, Mr Cameron has persuaded his family to swap the comfort of their modern £2.7million London home for a temporary berth in the flat above No10. The Prime Minister, his wife and their two children will move into the apartment later this week. But they will only stay at No10 while refurbishments are made to the more spacious four-bedroom flat above Chancellor George Osborne’s official residence at No11, including a new upgraded kitchen… The cost of the No11 refurbishment work will be partly met from Government funds but, to avoid any suggestion that they are abusing the public purse, the Camerons will meet the rest of the cost themselves." – Mail on Sunday

Conservatives shelve plans to freeze TV licence fee

VAIZEY-TELEGRAPH-TV "The Tories have reined in plans to freeze the TV licence fee and force the BBC to reveal the salaries of its highest paid stars. After the party’s combative approach towards the corporation in the run-up to the election, Ed Vaizey, the new minister for media and arts, has used his first interview to tell the BBC that it will be treated firmly but fairly by the coalition government." – Sunday Times

Sports and Olympics minister Hugh Roberston gives first major interviewIndependent on Sunday

Coalition government plans radical overhaul of school league tables Observer

Soames set to chair Intelligence and Security CommitteeNews of the World

Frank Field's threat to snub job as poverty tsarMail on Sunday

David Miliband tries to 'move on' from Iraq invasion row

"David Miliband attempted to shift the focus of the Labour leadership debate away from the Iraq conflict yesterday, after two of his main rivals criticised the decision to go to war in 2003… Ed Balls, the former schools secretary, said the war was a "mistake". Ed Miliband, David Miliband's younger brother, said that the invasion had resulted in a "catastrophic loss of trust" for Labour." – Independent on Sunday

Blunkett backs Burnham for Labour leadershipNews of the World

And finally… Gordon Brown told he could earn £70,000 a speech

Gordon Brown brooding "He may have left Britain broke but Gordon Brown could soon be lining his own pockets to the tune of £70,000 a night – telling Americans how to end the recession. Mr Brown has been approached about joining the US lecture tour circuit to deliver speeches on the world economy to top businessmen and bankers. The fee is a fraction of the £400,000 a speech commanded by Tony Blair – and may come as a surprise to those who regard Mr Brown as a poor orator." – Mail on Sunday

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