10.30pm Paul Goodman on CentreRight: Has the excitement of Labour's leadership contest gone to Tom Harris' head?
1.30pm Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: First they attacked "British" Petroleum, now the Americans are insisting we call football "soccer"
11am Jeremy Brier on CentreRight: What's the point of Andy Burnham (and other burning issues)?
Tobias Ellwood MP on CentreRight: What General Petraeus told MPs this week about developments in Afghanistan
On Local government:
- Dominque Lazanski on Localism
- Two Exeter Lib Dem councillors defect to Labour
- Livingstone's false claim on police numbers
Cameron urged to bring forward his cancer drug pledge, in order to save dying mother
"David Cameron’s pledge to end Britain’s cancer drugs lottery faced its first test yesterday from a dying mother who is desperate to see her son start school. Nikki Blunden, 37, was recently given just three months to live following a scan… Last week health chiefs denied her the potentially life-extending drug Lapatinib for “clinical and cost-effectiveness” reasons – despite it costing less than the treatment she has been receiving… In April, Mr Cameron outlined a plan for a cancer drugs fund with £200million being used to provide more people with drugs. “We want to get drugs together more quickly,” he said. “In the UK today there are thousands of people who want a certain cancer drug, whose doctors tell them they should have one, who don’t get it.” The Department of Health said the cancer drugs fund would be launched next April which is too late for Mrs Blunden." – Express
Tories set up new inquiry into Stafford hospital scandal – Independent
Andrew Lansley will scrap the four-hour waiting time targets in A&E departments – Guardian
Extra Scottish health spending fails to produce results
"The Centre for Public Policy for Regions (CPPR) praised “rapid” falls
in Scots’ deaths rates from cancer, heart disease and strokes over the
past decade. But the think tank said this huge improvement had been
replicated in England, meaning “there has been no narrowing of the
relative health gaps” with Scotland. This is despite there being 30 per
cent more staff in the Scottish NHS than the English version and up to
£267 per person more being spent on the health service north of the
Border." – Telegraph
David Willetts hints that university students will face higher fees
"In an interview with The Guardian, David Willetts warned that the cost of hundreds of thousands of students' degree courses was a "burden on the taxpayer that had to be tackled". Willetts said he did not want to pre-empt the recommendations of Lord Browne's independent review into whether fees should rise from £3,225 a year. But he added that students should consider university fees "more as an obligation to pay higher income tax" than a debt."
Countdown to the emergency budget
Iain Duncan Smith takes early axe to Labour job schemes – FT
CBI calls on Osborne to cut 50p tax rate and dilute plans to hike CGT – Guardian
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development predicts 750,000 job losses in public sector, causing total unemployment to hit three million – Guardian
"Royal Mail could be sold off in one of the biggest-ever privatisations of a public service, it was reported last night. Ed Davey, the Postal Affairs minister, said the Government was considering a £9billion stock market flotation to raise money for the beleaguered company." – Daily Mail
Tebbit attacks Obama over BP
"Lord Tebbit has hit out at Barack Obama’s anti-BP rhetoric calling
it ‘despicable’ and adding to pressure on David Cameron to intervene.
The Prime Minister is facing growing calls to defend the British-based
multinational amid claims that it is being made a scapegoat for the
Gulf oil spill. Lord Tebbit, a former trade and industry secretary,
suggested the U.S. President was attacking BP to distract from his
administration’s impotence in the face the disaster." – Daily Mail
"Countries should believe in free markets and treat all firms equally,
regardless of origin; yet this is clearly not happening in BP’s case.
There comes a time when personal attacks, bullying and threats of
part-nationalisation towards a UK firm and UK citizens should start to
ring alarm bells – that time is now, especially given that the US
authorities seem to be believe that they can decide BP’s dividend
policy and in Obama’s case, talk of “kicking ass” and suggest Hayward
be fired (this matters: BP’s payouts represent £1 out of every £7 made
across UK listed companies and the firm is also one of Britain’s
biggest taxpayers). The Foreign Office should acknowledge the spill has
been a disaster – but it should also tell the Americans that they need
to calm down." – City AM leader
> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Should Cameron defend BP?
The Cameron-Obama relationship – Benedict Brogan in The Telegraph
The Times welcomes Coalition's decision to publish child abuse reports
"It is easy to call for transparency in government from the safety of the opposition benches. It is far harder to follow through that commitment while in office. So the coalition is to be congratulated for delivering on its promise to publish the full reports of the official investigations into recent cases of child abuse. If we are to avoid repeats of tragic stories such as those of Baby Peter and Khyra Ishaq, the full details must be made public." – Times leader
Ross Clark welcomes Coalition policy on 'garden grabbing'
"Yes, garden grabbing should be stopped. The proper place to build homes is at lower densities on agricultural land. Thanks to EU subsidies, much of this land is sucking wealth out of the economy. Allowing more of it to be turned over to housing and businesses, on the other hand, would create wealth, as well as giving people what they want." – Ross Clark in The Times
The five things Mr Cameron MUST learn from Lady Thatcher
"'Is he one of us?' Lady Thatcher would ask her inner circle of a rising middle-rank Minister. By contrast, her party didn't need to ask whether she was one of them. She shared its members' instincts, and at party conferences would embarrass Willie Whitelaw, her first Home Secretary, by applauding party members who spoke in support of capital punishment. Cameron, by contrast, has always regarded much of his party as a millstone around his neck, a dead weight that's cost it three election defeats." – Paul Goodman in the Daily Mail
Electoral reform is the dark cloud on the coalition's horizon – James Forsyth in The Spectator
Cameron will fly the St George’s Cross above 10 Downing Street during the World Cup – Express
Simon Hughes has won the contest to be deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats – BBC
"There has been speculation that Mr Hughes, who did not take a role in the Tory-Lib Dem coalition government, could become a figurehead for those in his party unhappy with the alliance." – Telegraph
Morrison joins Tesco in backing end to cut price alcohol
"Wm Morrison has joined Tesco to support minimum pricing on alcohol in an effort to counter problem drinking but wants ministers to achieve this through duty rather than setting unit prices on drinks. The fourth largest supermarket chain has written to Theresa May, the home secretary, to say it supports efforts to "tackle the misuse of alcohol" in society. It is the second big grocer to take a stand on the issue as momentum builds for a clampdown on spiralling alcohol abuse. Earlier this month, the government's medicines advisory body also called for a ban on cut-price alcohol." – FT
And finally… Choir boy snoozzzzes during speech by Prezzzzident Obama
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