4.30pm LeftWatch: How Gerry Adams is spending Remembrance Sunday

3.15pm WATCH: David Lidington, Minister for Europe, talks about the forthcoming EU Bill

2.45pm Melanchthon on CentreRight: Further remarks on Islam as our state religion

1.15pm WATCH: The Prime Minister lays a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall during this morning's Remembrance Sunday ceremony

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11.45am WATCH: Prince William attends Afghanistan ceremony

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11.30am International: Sarah Palin's ten point message

LAWS DAVID ToryDiary: The account of the Coalition negotiations by David Laws tells us little we didn't already know. It thus surely heralds his return to office.

Charles Crawford on Platform: How the EU Budget process really works

Local Government: Channel 4 documentary shows why Councils should accept Government grants cut

WATCH: David Cameron: Aung San Suu Kyi is "an inspiration"‬

Critics warn that referendum lock in new EU bill is broken

"A nationwide vote will be held if there is another European treaty, ministers have vowed. They claim a Bill published yesterday will establish the primacy of British sovereignty over the EU and ensure any transfer of powers are subject to a ‘referendum lock’. The Bill has been described as the most important European legislation since Britain agreed to join the Common Market in 1972. However, critics say that it doesn’t go far enough. They claim a loophole in the new law means that the Government will let Brussels push through plans to slap fines and other sanctions on Britain as long as the changes are not deemed ‘significant’ by UK ministers." – Mail on Sunday

NUS starts campaign to oust leading Lib Dems

"The National Union of Students will launch a "decapitation" strategy aimed at ousting Nick Clegg and other top Liberal Democrats from parliament in protest at the party's U-turn on student fees. The move aims to build on anger about coalition policies – which spilled over into violence on Wednesday – in Lib Dem-held constituencies with large student populations. The key targets will be Clegg in Sheffield Hallam, Simon Wright in Norwich South, Stephen Williams in Bristol West and Don Foster in Bath.  Aaron Porter, president of the NUS, said the campaign would aim to force out Lib Dems who break their pre-election pledge to oppose any rise in tuition fees." – The Observer

A day that ought to have been dominated by the political argument over higher education finance – specifically the embarrassment of the Lib Dems over their broken pre-election pledge not to raise fees – became something else entirely.The legitimate debate over student debt and the trustworthiness of politicians was eclipsed by the unedifying sight of students and their anarchist allies on the rampage, destroying property and scaring staff in the tower. They managed to combine menace with frivolity – never an appealing combination. I suspect most viewers will have seen the rioters as spoilt brats who would benefit from a bit of waterboarding – Matthew D'Ancona, Sunday Telegraph

Free at last: crowds hail defiant Suu Kyi

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"The symbol of Burmese democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi, emerged from seven years of house arrest last night with a flower in her hair and words of calm resolution for her country. She stepped out of her house and into its garden on a hot, tropical evening to greet hundreds of followers who surged to its gates after the police took down their barricades. “There is a time to be quiet and a time to talk,” she said. “People must work in unison. Only then can we achieve our goal.of wild jubilation broke out in the darkened streets of Rangoon as drivers honked their horns and cheering opposition supporters ran towards her home." – Sunday Times

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

George Osborne bows to banks over levy amid warnings of an exodus

"George Osborne is expected to make fresh concessions over his banking levy to avoid an exodus of leading international banks from Britain. HSBC and Standard Chartered have been lobbying heavily for further changes to how the levy affects their overseas businesses. But the Chancellor is standing firm on his target of raising £2.5billion from about 15 leading British and foreign banks operating here, prompting a battle between them over who pays what…Sources said the Treasury was willing to 'give some leeway' on so-called 'sticky deposits' – customers' money that is seen as long-term deposits and unlikely to be withdrawn quickly." – Mail on Sunday

Huhne blinks first in UK's nuclear stand-off

" 'No subsidy for nuclear' has been the mantra of Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat energy secretary, ever since he arrived at Whitehall ready to row back on his long-held blanket opposition to atomic power. The steadfast denial of public money for nuclear is baffling to the experts, who say that £40bn of new stations is clearly not – with the present subsidy regime – cost competitive with gas or coal. However, with nuclear needed to keep the lights on in the UK and the need to switch Britain's power to a lower carbon system ever more pressing, compromises are being made behind closed doors." – Sunday Telegraph

Yesterday in ToryDiary: Chris Huhne should worry about warming gran's house, he can't do anything about global warming

Heads back plans for central funding of schools

Michael Gove happy "The National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said it supported proposals for a "national funding formula" which would sideline local authorities from education spending. Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, will use a white paper to be published later this year to introduce plans for a new "fair and transparent formula" to reallocate around £5 billion in funding and reset budgets for 20,000 primary and secondary schools.   Head teachers would be given much more responsibility for day-to-day funding under the plans, which would effectively put all institutions on the same financial footing as academies, which already have a large measure of freedom from local authority control." – Sunday Telegraph

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

Cable wants John Lewis-style partnerships for post offices

" 'There  will be 'no closures on our watch', Business Secretary Vince Cable said last week of Britain's 11,500 remaining post offices. 'We have heard loud and clear how much the public values a large network.'
The Government also acknowledged widespread public anger over the 5,000 closures under Labour, disclosing that 3.5million people signed protest petitions. Cable's pledge came as the Government unveiled further details of how Royal Mail would be hived off from the branches." – Mail on Sunday

Lords attack David Cameron over Commons and Lords reforms

"David Cameron was accused last night of trying to "rig" both houses of parliament for political advantage by slashing the number of MPs by 50 and planning to pack the Lords with dozens more Conservative peers. Anger over the coalition government's constitutional reform  plans – which will also involve the redrawing of constituency boundaries – will burst into the open tomorrow when they are debated in the Lords. Anxious peers of all political persuasions have set the scene in a stinging report, condemning the way in which the coalition is pressing ahead with the reduction in the number of Commons seats from 650 to 600 without "any considered assessment of the role and function of MPs". – The Observer

In the court of King David

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"The rise and rise of the young, female ingenue is not pleasing the veterans either. Ken Clarke was interrupted during a meeting a few days ago by an official barging into the room to tell him: “Number 10 is on the phone.” Clarke looked him up and down before pronouncing: “If it’s the Prime Minister, tell him I’ll ring him back. If it’s anyone else, tell them to f— off.” The irritation levels are made worse by what some ministers claim is interference on policy matters by some of these unelected advisers." – Melissa Kite, Sunday Telegraph

If there are so many unemployed Britons, why is it so hard to find one to do a job?

"Twenty-six years on from the IRA/Sinn Fein attempt to murder Margaret Thatcher and as many of her colleagues as they could, my wife remains dependent on carers to survive.  When one of her carers moves on we advertise on the Gumtree site on the internet. And the replies pour in, many from other parts of the EU, some from the wider world and a good many more from within this country.  Well, you might say, why not give preference to one of the millions of unemployed Brits, even if it is illegal under the diktats of Our Masters In Brussels to care first for our kith and kin. I have to say that is not easy…If there are so many unemployed British people looking for work, why are they so hard to find?" – Norman Tebbit, Mail on Sunday

EADS' £12,000 bill inflames MPs

'Defence and aerospace giant EADS tried to land British taxpayers with the cost of being grilled by a select committee of MPs, Ministers have claimed.  Communities Secretary Eric Pickles is refusing to pay a £12,000 invoice from EADS which, he says, is for the preparation and appearance of two senior executives.  They were summoned to explain the troubled £400 million FiRecontrol project to replace 46 fire brigade control rooms with nine regional centres.  EADS, better known for projects such as the typhoon strike aircraft, is the main it contractor for the project but MPs on the communities and Local Government Select committee have described this status as 'precarious'." – Mail on Sunday

David Cameron holds the key to England securing World Cup 2018

Hugh Robertson "Prime Minister David Cameron has emerged as England's best – and possibly last – hope of securing the World Cup finals for England in 2018.  Bid officials have intensified their lobbying as the campaign approaches its final fortnight and have had at least 10 meetings at No 10 in the past three weeks.  The Prime Minister is playing an ever more important role in the attempt to sway the vote when the executive committee of FIFA, football's world governing body, meet in Zurich on December 2." – Mail on Sunday

'Much has been written about the state of the England bid in recent weeks. But the fact is we are still in the race. After all, there is still three weeks to go and a lot can happen in that time. Speculation has been rife about who is the favourite but it is genuinely too difficult to call. The time when you want to be the favourite, though, is on voting day. Let us not forget that 2012 Olympics decision in Singapore in 2005. Many were unconvinced that London was going to win, but win it we did. Let's hope that history repeats itself on 2 December." – Hugh Robertson, Independent on Sunday

Paymaster General Francis Maude drives a hard bargain

"Since July, when he first hauled in the senior management teams of the Government's 19 largest suppliers, Maude has made some progress. An estimated reduction in contract costs for the second half of 2010 of £800m will now be exceeded, he says. "We did not actually know exactly how much we would get out of renegotiating contracts. We had an ambition and we've slightly exceeded it." His team is now beginning interviews with 34 second-tier suppliers, including the likes of Slaughter and May, Mouchel and Balfour Beatty.  Maude says the reaction from suppliers to his demands for in-year and future savings was "mixed" – Sunday Telegraph

Britain's top soldier says al-Qaeda cannot be beatenSunday Telegraph

Legislation to outlaw illegal timber is axed despite coalition pledge Observer

Legal aid clampdown will save £300 millionSunday Telegraph

Adams ready to take on Justice Minister for seat in Irish Parliament Herald I.E

And finally…Red Ed names baby after grandfather who fought in the Red Army under Trotsky

Screen shot 2010-11-14 at 08.55.08 "He says he hates being called Red Ed. But in choosing to call his new son Samuel, Ed Miliband has thrust his family’s remarkable communist past firmly into the limelight. The Labour leader’s second child, born a week ago, has been named after Mr Miliband’s paternal grandfather, who reputedly fought for the Red Army under its founder and commander, Leon Trotsky, in the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-21. Although Polish himself, Samuel Miliband backed the Soviets in the conflict, waged to grab back Russian land lost after the First World War." – Mail on Sunday


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