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8.15pm WATCH

5.30pm LeftWatch: Arthur Scargill to be expelled from the National Union of Miners

Screen shot 2010-08-25 at 16.48.08 4.45pm Gazette: Florence Rose Endellion Cameron

3.45pm Matt Sinclair on CentreRight: We can't allow Government decisions to be dictated by IFS graphs

1.45pm ToryDiary: The Coalition cannot win on 'fairness' if the Left sets the terms of the debate

12.15pm WATCH: John McCain wins the Republican primary in Arizona to stand for a fifth term in the Senate

10.15am ToryDiary: The invidious nature of Labour's equality legislation becomes all the more apparent

ToryDiary: The target of the IFS's fairness report isn't George Osborne. It's Nick Clegg.

Tim Collins on Platform: Local coalitions will be the key to tackling our housing crisis

Cllr Colin Barrow in Local Government: How Foundation Councils could help defeat the dependency culture

LeftWatch: Labour leadership favourite, David Miliband, sets out four distinctive policies

Javid Sajid “I’m a Conservative because…  I'm a patriot that believes in liberty, free markets and helping the poor help themselves." – Sajid Javid MP answers ConHome's Twenty Questions for the Class of 2010

International: McCain saves Senate career with $20m negative campaign against Republican rival

Robin Simcox on CentreRight: Cousin marriage is an issue all politicians should want to tackle

WATCH: Independent MPs in Australia are courted by Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott as each attempts to form a minority government

Cameron's Big Society grows by one with birth of a daughter

Samantha and David Cameron "In one of the more surprising interruptions to a family holiday, David Cameron was at his wife's side in a Cornish hospital last night after she gave birth to the couple's fourth child yesterday. Samantha Cameron, who is 39, had contractions in the morning. She and the Prime Minister went to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, where their 6lb 1oz daughter was delivered by Caesarean section at midday. The baby had not been due for another fortnight and the Camerons decided to go ahead with their summer break even though they knew it could arrive at any time." – The Independent

"Mr Cameron is expected to extend his annual break from Downing Street by another week and may spend a period of paternity leave at his official Chequers country estate. He may also take occasional days of paternity leave during September. Nick Clegg, the deputy Prime Minister, will continue to "hold the fort". Speaking outside the hospital yesterday, Mr Cameron said: "We're absolutely thrilled. She is an unbelievably beautiful girl and I'm a very proud dad and both baby and mum seem to be doing really well, so it's really exciting." – Daily Telegraph

Which Cornish name to choose for Little Miss Cameron? The Times (£)

> Yesterday's coverage of the news on ConHome:

Bruce Anderson: After shock and awe, Cameron needs a narrative

Bruce Anderson "David Cameron is in danger of turning into a Heathite. This is nothing to do with policies; it is about politics. One of Edward Heath’s favourite slogans was “action, not words”. The new prime minister also seems to think that actions will speak for themselves. If so, he is wrong. Words are to politics what oil is to a car engine. Without them, everything seizes up. Only through words can a politician maintain his momentum." – Bruce Anderson writing in the FT (£)

Civil servants in plea over jobs cull

"John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, is being urged to stop ministers from rushing through legislation that will slash redundancy terms for civil servants and clear the way for a cull of up to 100,000 jobs. Francis Maude, cabinet office minister, has asked Mr Bercow to approve a fast-track procedure for the bill to come into force by November, allowing ministers to embark on the redundancy plan this autumn. But civil service unions have written to Mr Bercow insisting that the procedure – in which the legislation is classified as a “money bill” that cannot be amended in the House of Lords – should not be approved." – FT (£)

Tube unions plan weekly strikes over threat to 800 jobsThe Guardian

Unison goes to court to block planned NHS shake-upThe Guardian

UK Film Council spends public money on fight against closure

"Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary, has written to John Woodward, chief executive of the film council, demanding that he explain why it had hired Portland, the PR firm founded by Tim Allan, a former adviser to Tony Blair. Cabinet Office rules also stipulate that such bodies “should seek further advice from its sponsor department where the use of publicity and advertising might be regarded as novel or contentious, and in all cases before employing PR consultants”. – The Times (£)

Royal Navy may need to borrow US fighter jets

"The prospect of relying on allies for military hardware has emerged from talks about the extent of the defence cuts. Dr Liam Fox, the Defence Secretary, has said that, instead of "salami-slicing", where pain is shared equally across the department, the cuts must be allocated strategically." – Daily Telegraph

Alice Thomson: Parties must abandon the sordid dash for cash

Alice Thomson "No one gives money to a political party unless they expect something in return. Which is exactly what they get. This week the Electoral Commission confirmed that the last general election was the most expensive yet… All this has to stop: America, which spent $1 billion on the last presidential election, is not the role model. Our parties, as Sir Hayden Phillips proposed in 2007, need to spend far less rather than more… Another of Sir Hayden’s suggestions — abandoned after the parties failed to reach a consensus — is also worth considering. Donations, including those from unions, should be capped at £50,000 to prevent any donor having too much influence." – Alice Thomson in The Times (£)

Mystery of Tory donor's Swiss home Daily Mail

Stephen Glover: Please, Mr Cameron, don't take the same sleazy path as Blair Daily Mail

Call for apology over Claudy bombing "cover-up"

"A priest who played a leading role in an IRA massacre was saved by a cover-up by police, the Government and the Catholic Church, it was revealed yesterday. Father James Chesney was the terror group's quartermaster and director of operations in South Derry, Northern Ireland, when they bombed the town of Claudy in 1972." – The Sun

"A Northern Ireland MP on Tuesday called on David Cameron to apologise after a police ombudsman’s report found the authorities had colluded to protect a Catholic priest suspected of involvement in one of the worst bombings of the Troubles. Gregory Campbell’s constituency includes the village of Claudy where nine people, including three children, were killed by an IRA bomb in July 1972. The Democratic Unionist MP said the families of those killed deserved a full apology." – FT (£)

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Owen Paterson refuses to condemn Willie Whitelaw for deciding not to investigate Catholic priest who may have been IRA bomber

Tim Montgomerie: The Great Satan Bush did much saintly work

BUSH&FLAG "Mr Bush failed, of course, on many fronts. Most notably, he was
complicit in economic boom and bust. But, as on the global front, his
domestic policies were progressive. He faced down the isolationists in
his own party who wanted a clampdown on immigrants. He introduced a $50
billion-a-year prescription drug benefit and ground- breaking school
accountability measures. Most interestingly, he attempted the first
draft of a post-Reagan-Thatcher understanding of conservatism. Mr
Cameron’s compassionate conservatism owes much more to Mr Bush than he
would readily admit. " – Tim Montgomerie in The Times (£)

Record GCSE Results For 23rd Year Running

"Teenagers have again scored record GCSE results with nearly seven in 10 entries awarded at least a C grade. But while the pass rate rose for the 23rd year in a row, there was another slump in the numbers of pupils taking French and German." – Sky News

Concern over the fall in number of pupils taking languages at GCSEThe Guardian

"The decline in modern languages in schools has reached calamitous proportions. For the first time since the examination's inception, the GCSE results announced yesterday contained no foreign languages among the top 10 most popular subjects. Only half as many pupils continue to learn French to GCSE level as was the case 10 years ago. This sorry state of affairs has arisen because the last government decided to allow students to drop languages at the age of 14." – Daily Telegraph editorial

> Melanchthon on CentreRight yesterday: We don't use GCSEs to measure absolute skills but to assess how some 16 year-olds are doing relative to others

We'll stand by Pakistan, vows CleggPress Association

Lib Dem rebel warns Nick Clegg to expect rough ride at party conference

Nick Clegg on Marr "Nick Clegg was warned tonight by a leading rebel Liberal Democrat MP that he faces a "sticky" party conference next month after the Institute for Fiscal Studies challenged his claim that fairness had been hardwired into the budget. Mike Hancock, a veteran Lib Dem MP who has a special status in the party as a founding member of the SDP, attacked the leadership after the institute concluded that the coalition government's June budget was clearly regressive." – The Guardian

"The rumours of senior Lib Dems sniffing at the Labour party are largely idle chatter. (If anything, the government has the stronger pull, as Alan Milburn’s decision to work as the coalition’s social mobility tsar illustrates.) That does not alter the fact that Mr Clegg is struggling to put a Lib Dem stamp on the coalition’s work." – FT (£) editorial

How Labour created 3,000 new "crimes"

"Labour established more than 3,000 new crimes to trap business people who should never have been treated as criminals, a scathing report said yesterday. Most of the new offences were slipped into law on the say-so of quangocrats without being debated in Parliament, it found." – Daily Mail

"This pointless criminalisation of mostly law-abiding people has cost the country a fortune. The previous government preferred to persecute the decent rather than pursue real criminals who were breaking the law in far more serious ways. The Law Commission is now calling for the scrapping of many of these daft pieces of legislation. And not before time." – Daily Express editorial

David Miliband now has backing for his leadership campaign of 100 Labour MPsFT (£)

Gloves off as David Miliband rounds on his brother The Times (£)

And finally… George Osborne practises what he preaches in cut-price holiday

George Osborne summer 2010 wide "Austerity chancellor George Osborne flew on no-frills airline easyJet for his holiday in Tuscany. The man whose emergency Budget last month was the toughest in a generation saved hundreds of pounds by using the low-cost carrier. The Chancellor, wife Frances and children Luke, nine, and Liberty Kate, seven, queued at Pisa airport to come home at the weekend — saving £60 by refusing to pay the supplement that allows some passengers to jump the queue for boarding." – Evening Standard

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