10.30pm ToryDiary: Liberal Democrats slump to 15% in new YouGov poll

6.30pm ToryDiary: Boris warns Coalition that it would be "madness" to stop Crossrail; "insane" to stop funding affordable housing; and "barking" to cut police numbers

5.45pm WATCH: Daniel Kawczyinski MP defends the current voting system against LibDem MP Tim Farron

5.15pm ThinkTankCentral: Hungry people use emergency food banks because of delay in getting benefits paid

4pm Parliament: David Cameron announces independent inquiry into security services' treatment of detainees, and appointment of Sir Malcolm Rifkind to chair the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee

Screen shot 2010-07-06 at 14.23.39 2.15pm Parliament: Brian Binley MP wants review of smoking ban

12.45pm Local government: Two councillors in Kensington and Chelsea tender their resignations

11.15am Melanchthon on CentreRight: Constitutional Conservatism is incompatible with Lib-Dem-ery

11.15am Lee Rotherham on CentreRight wants the FCO to choose better UK representatives to the EU

10am Alex Deane on CentreRight: Tories accept Labour's Census legacy

9.30am ToryDiary: Ideas, please, for breaking the NHS and Aid ringfences

MAUDE FRANCIS 2 ToryDiary: Francis Maude ready to end stupidity of civil servant in Newcastle getting same pay as civil servant in London

Teck Khong on Platform: NHS reform must tackle the
fundamental flaws in its management, its funding, and the maintenance
of professional standards

Local government:

Parliament: Gove shifts education spending from buildings and quangoes to teachers and deprived areas

School building programme scrapped in latest round of cuts

GoveWoodPanels "Michael Gove today cancelled Labour's school building programme, suspending projects for 715 new schools as part of the coalition's latest tranche of spending cuts, which also saw funding culled for new housing projects, school swimming pools and eco-towns." – Guardian

> WATCH: Michael Gove says Labour's schools building project costs three times average private sector project

Unions are warning of strikes after the government confirmed plans to change civil service redundancy paymentsBBC

"The Daily Mail revealed yesterday that ministers are considering fresh legislation to make it harder for militants to organise damaging walkouts in protest at cuts in public services. The move is designed to head off union threats of a national strike. It provoked fury from union chiefs. Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union, described it as a 'declaration of war on the trade union movement.' The Trades Union Congress also slammed the plans as 'anti-democratic' and accused the Government of trying to 'demonise' unions and their members in Britain." – Daily Mail

Tory rebels hold secret talks with Labour to spike Clegg referendum Daily Mail

"In the long term, when Labour revives, as eventually it surely will, AV could become a poison pill for the Conservatives. If this big gamble goes wrong, future Tory leaders may live to curse David Cameron. He could open the way to many years of Labour-Lib Dem coalitions, a more natural ideological match than the present pairing… David Cameron risks writing himself into history as the man who paid for his own turn at power by crippling his successors far into the future." – Max Hastings in the Daily Mail

"Cameron can live with the referendum. The big project for him and Osborne is the economy and the reform of public services in which they hope their so-called big society replaces the state. I doubt if either will be too disturbed by a relatively minor change in the voting system while Lib Dems support their ideological crusade." – Steve Richards in The Independent

"AV represents a meddlesome response which promises a marginal change, one that could hamper effective government with only a small benefit in terms of more representative democracy. It deals with the problem of Liberal Democrat under-representation, but not Conservative under-representation. It does not make a truly meaningful step towards PR, but it does increase the likelihood of a coalition administration. The coalition Government is hanging together well, and is not yet paralysed by infighting. But that may be a rare anomaly: it is driven by the emergency presented by the deficit and the need for fiscal consolidation. This hung parliament is working, so far. It should hardly be the ambition of electoral reform to produce a system less likely to deliver an outright winner." – Times leader (£)

John Prescott calls for Labour to fight against AV – Express

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Clegg announces fixed term parliaments, equalisation of constituency size and a May 2011 vote on AV

HagueFCO William Hague "could turn out to be the most powerful foreign secretary in recent memory"
– Philip Stephens in the FT (£)

Hague ready to reshuffle UK ambassadors – Independent

Andrew Tyrie warns that financial regulatory changes may be being made 'on the hoof' – The new Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee gives his first interview since being elected to the FT (£)

Sir Alan Budd to leave the Office for Budget Responsibility Telegraph

580 guests including Liz Hurley attended Tories' Summer FundraiserTimes (£)

Scottish Tories 'may change name as part of party's review'Scotsman

Scotland is taking more than its share of funds

"The budgets for the devolved administrations will be decided as part of this autumn’s spending review. At a time of great fiscal strain there is an understandable reluctance to open up complex negotiations on calculating need across the countries of the UK. The government might feel such an exercise will lead to more spending for the devolved governments and should not be started when the deficit is so high. But in fact, reform of the Barnett formula could make the system fairer – particularly to the English regions – and save the taxpayer more than £3bn a year." – David Miles and Gerald Holtham in the FT (£)

The Queen may be worth every penny but the £1.2m Royal Train should goThe Sun Says

Iraq war planning happened too late, says ex-Labour ministerBBC

And finally… Tourists love kissing Boris

Johnson Boris Man of People "Mop-haired Boris Johnson, London’s Tory Mayor, turns out to be a nothing short of a blond bombshell. His Madame Tussauds waxwork is kissed more often than even George Clooney’s or David Beckham’s. Twilight movie heart-throb Robert Pattinson is the most kissed star at the museum, with Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe coming a close second." – Express


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