8.45pm Melanchthon on CentreRight: Why on earth would we want an elected second chamber?
5.30pm Alex Massey on CentreRight welcomes the fact that ONE THOUSAND schools have responded positively to Michael Gove's invitation to become academies
2.15pm Mark Wallace on CentreRight highlights an awful song from Dorset County Council
Oberon Houston on Platform: Beyond Petroleum – Events in the Gulf of Mexico affect BP and Britain
"The Government will do “everything it can” to help those affected by the shootings in Cumbria, the Prime Minister has said." – 10 Downing Street
> Home Secretary Theresa May will make a statement to the Commons later today.
Nick Clegg more popular than David Cameron – PoliticsHome
Polls since the General Election have shown no honeymoon for Tories – ToryDiary
"Prime Minister David Cameron has spelled out precisely what his deputy Nick Clegg's job will entail. The deputy prime minister was put in charge of political reform when the coalition government was formed. Now Mr Cameron has said what that means in practice – and what powers the Lib Dem leader will get. They include introducing fixed-term Parliaments and legislating for a referendum on changing the voting system. Other responsibilities to be transferred to Mr Clegg from the Ministry of Justice include legislating to create fewer and more equal-sized constituencies, supporting people with disabilities to become MPs and introducing a power for voters to recall their MP." – BBC
David Cameron gets good reviews for his first PMQs
"David Cameron gave a low-key performance in his first PMQs – but a very confident one. He used open palm gestures with wide fingers, showing his ease, and banged his palms on the lectern to show control." – The Sun
The new Prime Minister targets Labour's extravagance – Express
Cameron in U-turn on rape case anonymity which could now only apply until suspects are charged – Daily Mail
> Yesterday's ToryDiary on PMQs: An assured first PMQs for Cameron
Alan Cochrane: 'The Scottish Conservative party is fighting for its financial survival'
"The withdrawal of funding by major donors plus a new hard-line attitude towards its Scottish operation from Tory headquarters in London has meant that a meeting of the party’s ruling executive in Edinburgh tonight has assumed crisis proportions." – Alan Cochrane in The Telegraph
Fiscal autonomy could cost Scotland, warns CBI chief – Times
Academy ‘freedoms’ sought by 1,000 schools
"More than 1,000 schools have asked to become academies in the week since the new Conservative education secretary invited them to apply. Michael Gove described the tally of schools requesting what he described as “academy freedoms” as “overwhelming”." – FT
Gove to abolish General Teaching Council for England – Guardian
Philip Hammond says Network Rail bosses should give up fat-cat bonuses this year – Daily Mail
George Osborne to strip FSA of City regulation powers
"In the hours after the coalition government was formed last month it appeared that the chancellor had been forced into a climbdown and bowed to pressure from the Lib Dem business secretary, Vince Cable, to reprieve the FSA. However, plans are well advanced in the Treasury to proceed with winding down the FSA and handing much of its power to the Bank of England. The chancellor and other Treasury officials have failed to clarify their attitude to the FSA and although the Queen's speech promised to hand "control of macroprudential supervision" and "oversight of microprudential supervision" to the Bank, few in the City understand what this means." – Guardian
93 top bosses warn CGT rise will hurt the economy – Daily Mail
Cable due to detail government's plans for business – BBC
Simon Hughes set to become deputy leader of Lib Dems – Independent
Immigration increased by 20% under Labour
"Labour's supposedly tough points-based immigration system actually led to huge increases in foreign workers and students cleared to live in Britain, it emerged last night." – Daily Mail
"In private, ministers say that immigration is "on the front burner". Damian Green, the Immigration Minister, was due to make a preliminary announcement on the idea of an annual limit on the numbers coming in from outside the EU today, although the massacre in Cumbria has forced a postponement. We are, I am told, weeks away from an announcement on how the cap will be implemented, although I gather ministers have yet to address the delicate question of the precise number. Ominously, concerns have been raised about the ease with which pro-immigration groups can use the courts to stymie politicians who want to act." – Benedict Brogan in The Telegraph
And finally… A short history of 10 Downing Street
"This street, in which previous prime minister Spencer Perceval was assassinated and Robert Peel’s secretary was shot dead after being mistaken for the PM, was in a scurrilous neighbourhood full of shabby brothels, gin parlours and violent criminals. Flagellation clubs prospered in nearby Jermyn Street while upper- class ladies could purchase early varieties of sex toys imported from Italy in St James’s Street…" – Express
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