9.45pm ToryDiary: In praise of Nick Clegg
4pm Tom Greeves on CentreRight: Don't drop the TV debates
Cllr Brian Connell on Local government: Localism and local enterprise
The Sunday Times: David Cameron will keep Army's strength at 100,000
"The Royal Navy and the RAF will bear the brunt of the cuts imposed under the Strategic Defence Review… Nearly half of Britain’s fighter jets and more than a third of the navy’s frigates and destroyers will go. Plans for two new aircraft carriers will still go ahead at a cost of £5 billion. But there will be a sharp reduction in the number of jets operating from them." – The Sunday Times (£)
Liam Fox may quit over delays to renewing Trident nuclear submarines
"Defence Secretary Liam Fox was heading for a showdown with David Cameron last night over the Coalition’s decision to delay renewing Britain’s Trident nuclear submarines until after the next Election. Reports that the Prime Minister planned to put off a decision on the UK’s nuclear deterrent were denied by Downing Street last week. But senior Government sources have told The Mail on Sunday Mr Cameron is determined not to commit himself until after the next Election, due in 2015." – Mail on Sunday
Assault on burdensome health and safety legislation to be unveiled at Tory Conference
"Health and safety regulations which burden Britain and lead to good samaritans facing prosecution are to be swept away in a blitz on "compensation culture". David Cameron will publish a report by Lord Young, the former Tory trade secretary, which makes around 40 recommendations for changes to rules which currently govern schools, offices and the emergency services." – The Sunday Telegraph, which lists some of the likely deregulatory measures.
A Sunday Telegraph leader welcomes Lord Young's review: "Health and safety laws began with the laudable aim of protecting workers from serious injury. But they have been transformed into weapons used to pursue an impossible object: the elimination of risk from human activity. Officials also now use them to pursue an unworthy goal: the replacement of an individual’s judgment about the risks that he or she is prepared to run with the ruling of a bureaucrat."
Four in 10 LibDem supporters say they wouldn’t have voted for Clegg if they’d known about Coalition – Independent on Sunday
In an interview with The Observer, Clegg says that the Coalition has released the inner liberal inside many Tories (for example on prison reform)
"[Clegg] claims, fairly, that a purely Tory government would not have been anything like as radical on constitutional change. "We've clearly dragged them a long way on political reform: fixed-term parliaments, [an elected] House of Lords." More contentiously, he argues that the Tories have "completely changed" their posture towards Europe. He then jokes: "If you really want to know the truth, I think we have helped release the inner Liberal in a fair number of Conservatives." He cites Ken Clarke's reforms to criminal justice as pure "Liberal thinking", saying: "I doubt very much that would have surfaced, frankly."" – The Observer
Clegg's greatest gamble was to side with George Osborne on the gamble of "maximum austerity"
"Mr Clegg's apparent change of mind was no minor policy tweak to accommodate a coalition partner. It was a decision to throw the Lib Dems behind the biggest economic gamble taken by any government in recent memory – the bet that the private sector will fill the gaps in jobs and services when state provision is pruned back. Whatever the party achieves over the next few years in the areas of education, say, or political reform, its record will be coloured by the fact of having taken one side on the vital economic question of the day: the side of maximum austerity." – Observer leader
In an article for the Independent on Sunday, Vince Cable defends the Coalition's spending cuts.
In the same newspaper John Rentoul wonders if things might work out ok for the Liberal Democrats: "The key issue is the depth and timing of the cuts. Here, I think Osborne is playing politics as much as economics. Like any negotiator, the Chancellor knows he has to start the bargaining by asking for more than he expects to get. He wants to send a shock through Whitehall, make the deepest possible cuts in the first three years, then ease up as the next election approaches. It may be the economy will bounce back more strongly than expected, in which case he and David Cameron would think it prudent to allow Clegg to claim some of the credit for "saving" popular services from the worst of the cuts."
Ken Clarke reported to have written to Theresa May complaining about Home Office failure to deport foreign criminals – The Sunday Times (£)
Army veterans may be invited to oversee community sentences for repeat offenders – Sunday Express
Row after Tory peer's daughter is given job in culture secretary Jeremy Hunt's department – Observer
The Sunday Times backs David Miliband but warns he has still tacked to the Left in the Labour leadership contest
"[David Miliband] is a long way from being the right leader at the right time. He too has tacked during the contest and displayed some old Labour tendencies. These include raising public sector pay, putting workers on company remuneration committees and introducing a mansion tax. He wants to raise Labour’s discredited target for 50% of young people going to university to 60%." – The Sunday Times (£)
David Miliband pledges to win 10,000 Liberal Democrat supporters – Observer
Mandelson makes another attack on Ed Miliband… this time for his role in producing 'Guardianista' Labour manifesto
"Peter Mandelson has launched a blistering attack on Left-wing Labour leadership contender Ed Miliband, blaming him for the party's General Election defeat. He mocked Mr Miliband for producing a 'crowd-pleasing Guardianista' manifesto that 'offered nothing to people worried about immigration, housing and welfare scroungers'. And the peer went on to savage Mr Miliband for disowning the document – even though he had written it. 'Nobody else authored the manifesto,' said Lord Mandelson, who is backing Ed's Blairite brother David Miliband for the Labour leadership." – Mail on Sunday
The Pope meets UK politicians
"The Pope presented David Cameron with three papal coins yesterday — one for each of the prime minister’s children — and expressed his condolences at the death of Cameron’s father. In a whirlwind series of meetings with British political leaders, he was surprised to find Nick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, speaking German to him, but Harriet Harman, Labour’s acting leader, failed to raise any issues about women’s rights in the Catholic Church. The pontiff even found time to give a warm welcome to Ann Widdecombe, the former Tory MP and Catholic convert, though she denied reports that he hugged her." – The Sunday Times (£)
> Yesterday evening's ToryDiary: Cameron says religious faith is not a problem to solve but an integral part of national life
Is Paul Waugh's defection from the Evening Standard to PoliticsHome a tipping point? – Independent on Sunday
And finally… Joanne Cash is not invited to her volunteers' thank you party
"A ‘Cameron Cutie’ Tory candidate who launched a tirade against the media after losing her key target seat at the General Election has been snubbed again by activists she blamed for her downfall. More than 150 Westminster North Conservatives have been invited to a party on Wednesday in the name of defeated would-be MP Joanne Cash, to thank them for their hard work during the campaign. But one prominent person involved in the contest will not be there – Tory A-lister Ms Cash herself. She has not been invited." – Mail on Sunday
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