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10.15pm ToryDiary: Labour moves ahead in YouGov poll and disapproval of Coalition's performance reaches 47%

8.15pm WATCH: Cameron explains why he believes in free trade and why he is hopeful trade imbalances can be cured

Gas_stove6.30pm ToryDiary: Chris Huhne should worry about warming gran's house, he can't do anything about global warming

5pm Parliament: Defence cuts described as "unforgivable" by retired military chief in Lords debate

4.30pm Melanchthon on CentreRight: Islam should become our state religion

Noon Ben Rogers on CentreRight: Aung San Suu Kyi's release is welcome, but by itself is no measure of change in Burma

9.30am WATCH: A video from 1997 in which William Hague set out his ambition for Conservatism

ToryDiary: Gove considering voucherisation of education funding, with headteachers running school budgets

Chris Butt on Platform: The Big Society must act as a correcting force to the supremacy of the State and big business

Cllr Benjamin Dennehy on Local government: Councils should have more power on gambling licensing

OSBORNE GEORGE NW George Osborne initiates talks with three tax havens, hoping to net £10bn over five yearsBBC

Speaking in Seoul, George Osborne says Britain has bright economic future – Express

Government U-turn as men accused of rape will still be named Daily Mail

First goal of David Cameron's 'nudge unit' is to encourage healthy living Guardian

"The Department of Health is putting the fast food companies McDonald's and KFC and processed food and drink manufacturers such as PepsiCo, Kellogg's, Unilever, Mars and Diageo at the heart of writing government policy on obesity, alcohol and diet-related disease… In an overhaul of public health, said by campaign groups to be the equivalent of handing smoking policy over to the tobacco industry, health secretary Andrew Lansley has set up five "responsibility deal" networks with business, co-chaired by ministers, to come up with policies." – Guardian

Coalition accused on backtracking on animal welfare

15803767 "Millions of hens will have their beaks mutilated; game birds will remain in cages; pigs, sheep and cows in abattoirs will lose crucial protection from abuse; badgers will be culled and lions, tigers and other wild animals will continue to perform in the big top. In a series of little-noticed moves, the Coalition has scrapped or stalled Labour initiatives to improve animal welfare some weeks before they were due to come into force. The Agriculture minister James Paice, who part-owns a farm in Cambridgeshire, has been behind most of the moves – which have infuriated welfare groups." – Independent

How Osborne's small, select team helped Cameron prepare for Coalition – Rob Wilson MP in The Guardian

Liberal Democrats were ready to give up tuition fees pledge six weeks before election

"A new book on the coalition negotiations by the former Tory whip Rob Wilson, serialised in Saturday's Guardian, shows that the Lib Dems accepted two months before the general election they would have to scrap their pledge to abolish tuition fees. A secret document by Danny Alexander, dated 16 March, indicated that the party would stand by its commitment to oppose an increase in the cap on tuition fees. But the Lib Dems were so isolated from Labour and the Tories on the issue that they agreed in private that they would have to forego their pledge to abolish the fees within six years." – Guardian

Cameron not ready to change his chief of staff

Llewellyn "Some critics [Iain Martin] are gunning for Ed Llewellyn [pictured right], Mr Cameron's self-effacing chief of staff and a friend from his Eton, Oxford and Conservative Research Department days. They want a bruiser like Leo McGarry, the White House chief of staff in TV's The West Wing, to knock heads together and ensure everyone sticks to the same script… Mr Cameron is having none of it. He is loyal to his friends and believes Mr Llewellyn is an unsung hero. His diplomatic skills were honed while working for Chris Patten in Hong Kong and Paddy Ashdown in Bosnia (which may have something to do with the sniping)… "People see the balls you drop in government; they don't see the ones you catch. Ed Llewellyn catches a lot of them," said one No 10 insider." – Andrew Grice in The Independent

In The Telegraph James Kirkup takes a look at some of Team Cameron's key members.

"At least 16 people appointed by the Government on short-term contracts since the general election previously worked at the Tory or Liberal Democrat headquarters, Whitehall sources have admitted." – Times (£)

Simon Heffer backs IDS on welfare reform

"We are a country that has been hobbled by welfarism. Beveridge, when he produced his blueprint for the system in 1942, saw it as a safety net; although he spoke of rights being matched with responsibilities, what he meant was a welfare state that drew a distinction between the deserving and the undeserving poor, as the Victorians did. That has never really happened, partly because of the complexity and inequalities of the system itself (which Mr Duncan Smith is now putting right) and partly because of the lack of will in policing it. As a consequence, the number of the undeserving poor living off the taxpayer has ballooned." – Simon Heffer in The Telegraph

Bob Holman: Some Tories take pleasure in hurting the poor – The Guardian

Fire extinguisher yob arrested; his father is businessman and friend of John RedwoodThe Sun

Eyebrows raised at Buckingham Palace over Cameron's personal photographer (the Queen doesn't have one)Telegraph

Matthew Parris wonders if party members will accept Coalition candidates at the next General Election

"How biddable are party members, the fighting part of the machine? Can they be quietly stood down? Will would-be Tory voters be told by party bossy-boots at HQ that, for reasons they’re not to bother their pretty little heads with, they aren’t supposed to vote for the party they’ve supported through thick and thin? In party hacks’ minds there may be such a thing as a paper candidate, but when ordinary voters see a candidate on a ballot paper, do they distinguish?" – Matthew Parris in The Times (£)

And finally… Prime Minister pictured on front of FT wearing England 2018 football bid shirt

Screen shot 2010-11-13 at 08.28.44 Running in Seoul alongside the Spanish PM, David Cameron wears a blue 'England United, The World Invited' t-shirt. Get yours here.

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