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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

3.45pm LeftWatch update: Ed Miliband backs Harriet Harman's idea that 50% of shadow cabinet must be women

Screen shot 2010-06-03 at 15.53.34 3.45pm WATCH: David Cameron promises to do "absolutely everything" to help Cumbria come to terms with gun tragedy

3pm ToryDiary: Andrew Mitchell promises independent assessment of UK aid spending

2.30pm Parliament update: John Baron and Sir Paul Beresford's nominations create three-way fights to chair the Foreign Affairs and Health select committees

2.15pm Mark Wallace on CentreRight highlights an awful song from Dorset County Council

12.30pm Parliament: Theresa May tells Commons that now is not the time to review Britain's gun laws

12.15pm ThinkTankCentral: Britain IS socially mobile says Civitas report

12.15pm Lee Rotherham on CentreRight argues that knife crime may be more dangerous than gun crime

Screen shot 2010-06-03 at 11.52.1211am Paul Goodman on CentreRight: After Cumbria, calls for tougher firearms laws are understandable. They're also wrong.

10am LeftWatch: Harriet Harman wants half of shadow cabinet to be women

9.15am Dan Hamilton on CentreRight: The Pupil Premium was a Tory idea

ToryDiary: Jubilant LibDems secure early moves towards elected House of Lords

Oberon Houston on Platform: Beyond Petroleum – Events in the Gulf of Mexico affect BP and Britain

Local government: What should happen to the Housing Revenue Account?

LeftWatch: Mandelson's autobiography to be called 'The Third Man: Life at the Heart of New Labour'

WATCH: Israel's PM Netanyahu defends action against flotilla


Screen shot 2010-06-03 at 07.41.34 "The Government will do “everything it can” to help those affected by the shootings in Cumbria, the Prime Minister has said."
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> WATCH: David Cameron tells the Commons of his alarm and shock at today's shootings in Cumbria

> Home Secretary Theresa May will make a statement to the Commons later today.

Nick Clegg more popular than David CameronPoliticsHome

Polls since the General Election have shown no honeymoon for Tories – ToryDiary

Clegg Deputy PM "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 chiefTimes

Academy ‘freedoms’ sought by 1,000 schools

GoveWoodPanels "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 yearDaily 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 economyDaily Mail

Cable due to detail government's plans for businessBBC

Simon Hughes set to become deputy leader of Lib DemsIndependent

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

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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