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8.30pm Parliament: Mark Harper admits "exasperation" over prisoner voting rights as he faces the wrath of angry Tory MPs

5.30pm Parliament: Andrew Turner makes the case for the Isle of Wight remaining a single constituency

5pm ToryDiary: By four-to-one Tories prefer the Republicans to Democrats

Picture 294.30pm WATCH: David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy speak to the press after signing treaties agreeing to share nuclear testing facilities, troops and aircraft carriers

4pm Gazette: Brian Cattell elected chairman of the Bow Group

3.30pm Benedict Rogers on Platform: North Korea – Time for Action, Time for Dialogue, Time for Peace

Screen shot 2010-11-02 at 14.44.042.30pm Paul Goodman on CentreRight: A precedent for Anglo-French defence co-operation – indeed, for political union

12.30pm Two new items –

Noon ToryDiary: Barring extremist activity passes muster.  But banning BNP teachers doesn't.

9.45am Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: The Times' blogs should be freed from the paywall

Picture 26 ToryDiary: The ECHR doesn't just give prisoners the vote. It's also the elephant in the room on security.

International: Dan Hamilton's preview of today's US Senate races

Tony Lodge on Platform: How Energy Storage Can Save Green Power

Local Government: Home ownership for Heroes

Parliament: Gordon Brown makes his first Commons speech since the general election

WATCH: ITN previews David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy's meeting in London today, at which Britain and France will forge closer military ties

Prisoners to get the vote for the first time

Ballot box_01 "Prisoners will be given the vote in general elections for the first time in 140 years after David Cameron conceded there was nothing he could do to halt a European court ruling demanding the change, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. For months, the Government’s lawyers have tried to find a way to avoid allowing 70,000 British inmates the right to take part in ballots. But on Wednesday a representative for the Coalition will tell the Court of Appeal that the law will be changed following legal advice that the taxpayer could have to pay tens of millions of pounds in compensation." – Daily Telegraph

Cameron and Sarkozy to agree "landmark defence alliance"

"David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy will sign two declarations during a summit in London paving the way for the sharing of an aircraft carrier, sending a joint military force into battle, working together on cyber warfare and developing warheads for nuclear missiles." – The Independent

"Under the cost-cutting initiative set to provoke fury among veterans and supporters of the Armed Forces, Britain and France will also share aircraft carriers, transport planes and nuclear secrets. And in a further move that raises serious concerns about Britain’s military independence, the French Government effectively will get a power of veto over any future expedition to defend the Falkland Islands." – Daily Express

SUN-SAYS "Can we trust the French? We're about to find out when the marriage of convenience between our fighting forces is signed today. It makes sense financially. We're both skint and need to pool resources. And we do not doubt their troops' tenacity. Not since 1066. But modern French politicians have been a craven lot. They refused to support us over Iraq and sent tiny numbers of soldiers to Afghanistan." – The Sun

The entente is about to get even more cordiale – Ben Macintyre in The Times (£)

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Liam Fox explains why UK and France are increasing defence co-operation

In the Commons David Cameron "attempts to portray European council's agreement to 2.9% increase as British triumph"

Picture 25 "The prime minister said he had built an alliance that had rejected the European parliament's "crazy" proposal for a 6% increase. The parliament and council will now have to agree to a 2.9% rise or face a freeze in the budget, an outcome Cameron said "we'd be perfectly content with". – The Guardian

"David Cameron has said he is willing to see talks on the European Union budget end in “deadlock” to prevent MEPs winning a major increase in spending… He said: “Either the Council and Parliament have to agree to 2.9 per cent or there will be deadlock, in which case the EU will have to live on a repeat of last year’s budget, handed out in twelfths over the next 12 months, an outcome we’d be perfectly happy with.” – Daily Telegraph

> Yesterday in Parliament: David Cameron mocked by Ed Miliband for abandoning campaign to freeze EU budget

> Melanchthon on CentreRight yesterday asked Does Europe matter to voters? and urged readers to lobby their MPs on Britain's relationship with the EU

Labour overtake Tories in ComRes poll

"It is the first time that ComRes has shown Labour in the lead since September 2007, when Gordon Brown was on the brink of calling a general election months after succeeding Tony Blair as Prime Minister. The new survey puts Labour on 37 per cent, up three points since a ComRes survey for The Independent on Sunday two weeks ago, just before the Chancellor, George Osborne, unveiled his spending review. The Tories have dropped five points to 35 per cent, while the Liberal Democrats are on 16 per cent (up two points) and other parties on 12 per cent (no change)." – The Independent

Theresa May steps up security checks on airline passengers after cargo plane bomb plot

Theresa May Home Secretary "The government has announced a series of measures intended to protect the travelling public from the emerging threat of cargo-hold bombs created by al-Qaida as questions continued to be asked about the initial British response to the alert. Theresa May, the home secretary, outlined pre-departure checks that will be imposed on visitors seeking to enter and leave the UK, including electronic "no fly" lists for terrorism suspects, compiled as a result of passenger profiling." – The Guardian

"David Cameron was unaware of the al-Qaeda parcel bomb threat until nearly 11 hours after a live device was found at East Midlands Airport, it emerged last night." – Daily Telegraph

"The cargo bomb plot has shown Mr Cameron the harsh choice he must make between principle and protection." – Rachel Sylvester in The Times (£)

> WATCH: Theresa May announces new restrictions on freight from Somalia and toner cartridges in hand luggage

David Davis warns Cameron to  brace himself for 'major' Tory rebellion over anti-terror laws

DAVIS-DAVID-BLACK-ON-RIGHT "David Cameron is facing a 'major scale' rebellion over controversial anti-terror laws, a senior Tory MP warned last night. Former leadership contender David Davis claimed 25 or more Tory MPs would vote against the government if it seeks to keep control orders. With the same number of Lib Dems also planning to revolt over the power – which has been compared to house arrest – it raises the prospect of ministers suffering a humiliating Commons defeat." – Daily Mail

"Control orders are a type of house arrest, the sort of thing you are supposed to find only in countries like Burma. They were not introduced lightly and nor should they have been. In opposition the Conservatives promised to review them; but the Lib Dems went further and promised their abolition. However, that was then: they are in government now, and things look different from that side of the fence." – Philip Johnston in the Daily Telegraph

The Coalition's liberalism is straining under the demands of power – Steve Richards in The Independent

> WATCH: David Davis warns that more than fifty MPs will vote against Coalition if it tries to keep control orders

Small firms should be free to fire at will says enterprise tsar, Lord Young

"Lord Young, who served as Employment Secretary under Margaret Thatcher, said firms were reluctant to create jobs because it was too difficult to get rid of staff. The peer has been asked by the Prime Minister to come up with a ‘brutally honest’ report on how to overturn the ‘institutional bias’ against small businesses. But he also favours freeing up firms from the layers of red tape imposed over the past two decades." – Daily Mail

Michael Gove to allow BNP members to be barred from teaching

Michael Gove Sky News "Headteachers are to be given the power to dismiss teachers who are members of the BNP or other groups which have an "extremist tenor". The pledge by the education secretary, Michael Gove, follows the case of a BNP activist who used a school laptop to post comments describing some immigrants as "filth". Gove said he would allow school heads and governing bodies to sack teachers for membership of the far-right party. Members of the BNP are barred from working as police or prison officers." – The Guardian

Liberal Democrats work on maintaining their identity

"Liberal Democrats are to intensify efforts to maintain their political identity with a radical policy rethink next year that will form the basis for a manifesto and policy approach in the second half of this parliament. The policy work is being overseen by Norman Lamb MP, chairman of the federal policy committee and one of Nick Clegg's closest political allies." – The Guardian

William Hague begins Israel visitJerusalem Post

Government unveils plan for home energy efficiencyReuters

Court hears how woman stabbed Labour MP over his support for the Iraq War The Guardian

Adoption changes to sweep away race rulesThe Times (£)

Times reveals online readership figuresBBC

Lady Thatcher back home after hospital stay

Picture 4 "Baroness Thatcher has arrived home after being released from a London hospital yesterday afternoon. The former Prime Minister looked frail as she appeared on her doorstep to give a brief wave and a smile before returning inside. She had been whisked by car out of the private Cromwell Hospital in west London for the short journey back to her Belgravia home. Lady Thatcher was admitted almost two weeks ago with an infection after suffering from the flu. Her spokesman said she had now been given the all-clear by doctors. David Cameron, the Prime Minister, sent his "warmest wishes" and is to find a new date to welcome her back to Number 10 to celebrate her birthday." – Daily Telegraph

> WATCH: Lady Thatcher returns home from hospital

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