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9.45pm ToryDiary: The Conservatives are back at 40% in new
Sunday Times/YouGov poll as three quarters of the public think the
international aid budget should be a victim of the cuts

8.45pm Parliament: Pauline Latham uses her maiden speech to explain that Labour spite politicised her in the 1980s and how she has taken an active interest in international development

Cameron and Obama 7.45pm ToryDiary: Cameron and Obama had "warm and constructive"
talks over the phone as the President affirms that the oil spill has
"nothing to do with national identity"

4.30pm Parliament: In their maiden speeches, Justin Tomlinson laments the lack of open
spaces in new housing developments whilst Andrew Bingham has a money
saving idea for local councils

4pm Parliament: Newly-elected West Yorkshire Tory MPs Kris
Hopkins and Alec Shelbrooke assert that ID cards would not prevent
terrorism or illegal immigration in their Commons debuts

Picture 51.30pm ToryDiary: More coalition memorabilia…

1pm Parliament: Guto Bebb, Andrew Griffiths and Nigel Adams all back local industries in their maiden speeches

Noon Parliament: Damian Hinds and Elizabeth Truss raise education issues in their maiden speeches

11.30am Parliament: Caroline Dinenage and Alun Cairns use their maiden speeches to back military ventures in their constituencies

ToryDiary: David Cameron is not short of advice from Fleet Street as he prepares to talk to President Obama about the BP oil spill

Rupert Matthews on Platform: We did not need a 12-year inquiry to know what happened on Bloody Sunday

Picture 5 Parliament: Margaret Thatcher lauded in the maiden speeches of Mike Freer, Louise Bagshawe and Nick Boles (who also had a word or two to say about Quentin Davies)

Local Government: Stoke proposes cuts in councillors

ThinkTankCentral: "In very poor communities it is not a choice between Asda and an organic greengrocer, it is a choice between the fast-food outlet and tinned meals from the corner shop."

International: The Economist attacks Republicans as "fratricidal, increasingly extreme on many issues and woefully short of ideas"

WATCH: David Cameron says "Come on England" ahead of tonight's World Cup football match against the USA

Alistair Darling claims David Cameron misled the public about spending cuts

Alistair Darling "Alistair Darling will demand "a very big apology" from David Cameron for deliberately misleading the electorate about the state of the nation's finances if, as Darling expects, government borrowing figures released on Monday are better than forecast. In an interview with the Guardian, the former chancellor accuses Cameron of deliberately exaggerating the scale of the problems so as to press ahead with pre-arranged plans to raise taxes and cut the size of the state. Cameron's new Office of Budget Responsibility is due to publish a fresh borrowing forecast independent of the Treasury on Monday, and Darling suspects it will be lower than his own forecast in March. A cautious politician during his three years as chancellor, Darling is personally affronted that he has been accused by the Tories of massaging forecasts and ignoring civil service advice." – The Guardian

"Alistair Darling hid “good news” on the deficit from Gordon Brown until the day before his final Budget, just weeks ahead of the election, in a move that in effect left a £7bn present for his Conservative successor. The former chancellor fended off Mr Brown’s demands for a pre-election spending spree after giving Downing Street provisional borrowing estimates far higher than the final figure." – FT

Andrew Grice: The coalition needs a strategy for growth as well as for making cuts

"Canada had the United States economy next door to help it grow. On our doorstep, European governments queue up to wield the axe even where, as in Germany, economists say they don't need to. This "competitive austerity" could result in a huge rise in unemployment across Europe, destroying the coalition's hopes of claiming the progressive label. Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg need a growth strategy as well as a cuts strategy." – Andrew Grice in The Independent

Polly Toynbee wants to pay more taxThe Guardian

Grant Shapps opts against further landlord regulation

Grant Shapps "The government is under fire after scrapping plans for tougher regulation of the letting industry. A landlords register and new regulation of letting agents were to be introduced by the previous Labour administration. The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) said cutting the plans would aid rogue landlords. Citizen's Advice also criticised the decision. But Housing Minister Grant Shapps said the sector was already governed by a well-established framework. " – BBC

"The Government is planning an overhaul of the council tax to fund the building of new homes for first-time buyers and families. In future, Nimbys who object to new developments will pay the price of their opposition in higher council tax bills." – The Times

New school academies will have less money in the pot than they thought

"Hundreds of schools that convert to academies could receive much less money than the Government claims, an investigation by The Times has found. Of 26 local authorities approached by The Times, most disputed the figures cited by the Department for Education on the proportion of budgets they will have available for the new academies… Academies form a potential fault line in the Government, with some Liberal Democrats on the left of the party unhappy about the expansion plan. Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, and Sarah Teather, the Lib Dem Education Minister, are to meet Lib Dem MPs next week to discuss their concerns." – The Times

Charles Moore: Academies can succeed where the grammar schools failedDaily Telegraph

Parliamentary privilege cannot be used as a defence in politicians' expenses trials

"Ex-Labour MPs David Chaytor, 60, Elliot Morley, 57, Jim Devine, 56, and Tory Lord Hanningfield, 69, hoped an ancient law would exempt them from criminal charges of false accounting. But Mr Justice Saunders dismissed their lawyers' arguments that any expenses forms they submitted were part of Parliamentary business – protected by the 1689 Bill of Rights as well as the European Convention on Human Rights. He told London's Southwark Crown Court he could see "no moral or legal justification for privilege covering an expenses claim". – The Sun

British soldiers could face prosecutions over Bloody Sunday

"Soldiers now in their sixties face the possibility of being prosecuted over the Bloody Sunday shootings in Northern Ireland. Tensions are running high in the province following the leaking of an official report that has apparently found some paratroopers were guilty of unlawful killing. The Saville inquiry, which is due to report on Tuesday, has spent 12 years examining events around the deaths of 14 people after a march in January 1972." – Daily Mail

Cleggmania hits Spain

TV Debate Nick Clegg "Cleggmania may have been a short-lived phenomenon in Britain, but
on Friday the deputy prime minister discovered that it lives on in
Spain, as he concluded an official visit to Madrid. José Luis Rodríguez
Zapatero, the prime minister, attempted to cash in on the Spanish
version of the phenomenon by inviting Nick Clegg to dinner on Thursday
night. The Liberal Democrat leader was also bombarded with interview
requests from the Madrid media." – FT

Liberal Democrats hit by £1.75m loss of opposition cash

"The
Liberal Democrats have paid a heavy price for joining the coalition
government, losing £1.75m in taxpayers' money to support their
opposition work, and prompting the dismissal of more than 20 staff at
the party's headquarters. The party had fought a lengthy battle since
the election to show it still qualified for Short money, as the subsidy
to opposition parties is known at Westminster. But it has now admitted
defeat, which will increase pressure to raise funds to keep an
independent Westminster political operation going." – The Guardian

Ken Clarke considers releasing David Kelly post-mortem fileBBC

David Miliband talks about IVF and adoptingThe Times

Caroline Flint blames Gordon Brown for lack of credible senior Labour womenThe Independent

Ex-Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth attacks "impossible" BrownThe Sun

And finally… Boarding schools threatened with prosecution for feeding pupils cake

Picture 7 "Boarding schools are being threatened with prosecution for feeding pupils traditional snacks such as Chelsea buns and shortbread. Heads of state boarding schools have been told that giving pupils sweet treats mid-morning and after school flouts strict new school food rules inspired by TV chef Jamie Oliver. They have been warned by Government officials they face being taken to court and possibly sent to jail or fined if they defy the regulations." – Daily Mail

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