7.30pm Local government: Livingstone's u-turn on C-Charge Extension

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5pm Mats Persson on Comment: The political lesson from the Portuguese bail-out is don’t give up EU vetoes

4.30pm Andrew Lilico on Comment: "The Independent Commission on Banking contains some useful thinking, but on its central task – consideration of the structure of the industry – it fails properly to diagnose the problem, fails even to consider the most useful potential reforms, and produces a proposal that will make things worse, not better."

2672 3.30pm WATCH: Classic episode of Auf Wiedersehen Pet makes case against electoral change

3pm Local government: 375 Labour councillors sign up to oppose AV

2pm Local government: More councils protest at EU budget rise

12.15pm ToryDiary: Conservatives should celebrate Tesco, Sky, Glaxo and Ryanair

ReligionCollageToryDiary: Should the Government be doing more for the Churches… or vice-versa?

Jesse Norman MP on Platform: The Banking Commission report is hugely welcome

Lord Flight on Platform: A stable family and the opportunity of attending a selective secondary school are key to promoting upwards social mobility

ThinkTankCentral: The Bow Group argues that AV will bring an end to conviction voting

Local government: Ely free school planned for vulnerable children

John Bald on Local government: The Left's war on grammar and phonics

Seats and candidates: Jane Hunt seeks your help in the Leicester South by-election campaign

WATCH: The full three parts of tonight's No2AV referendum broadcast

Banking Commission recommends separation of "riskier" trading arms from taxpayer-protected retail arms

"UK banks' retail operations should be "ring-fenced" from their investment banking arms, the Independent Commission on Banking has recommended. However, in its interim report the commission stopped short of recommending to two should operate as separate entities… The commission said that banks needed to hold more cash in reserve to protect against future crises, and that creditors, not taxpayers, should be liable for any losses." – BBC

"Some of the most controversial recommendations from Sir John Vickers’ interim report will regard measures to inject competition into retail banking, a highly concentrated market where Lloyds Banking Group provides almost one in three current accounts. Although a reversal of the Lloyds TSB and HBOS merger will be ruled out, the panel will raise the option of its selling more branches than the 600 it is already having to divest under state aid rules." – FT (£)

Reuters notes George Osborne's reaction: "I welcome the excellent analysis in this interim report and look forward to receiving their final report later this year."

"It ought to be made easier to change bank. Account numbers ought to be made portable, just like mobile phone numbers. Switching bank should be almost instantaneous." – Allister Heath in City AM

Gordon Brown has admitted he made a “big mistake” in the way he tackled financial regulationTelegraph

George Osborne finds £100m extra for defence

OSBORNE LOOKING UP"It is estimated that the Treasury will give the Ministry of Defence an extra £100million to keep the forces at strength. RAF fighters, pilots and transport aircraft, as well as Navy frigates, will all be protected from the cuts detailed in October's defence spending review." – Telegraph 

50p top tax rate may be scrapped as early as 2013Daily Mail

Danny Alexander says UK ready to take legal action to retrieve Iceland billionsExpress

Nick Clegg adviser, Norman Lamb, threatens to resign over rush to reform NHSGuardian

Lamb NormanIf we get this reform wrong, patients are going to suffer – Norman Lamb in The Independent

"Andrew Lansley must be regretting one of his first acts as health secretary last May when he blocked Norman Lamb, his Liberal Democrat counterpart, from becoming a minister in his department. Lansley and Lamb, two of Westminster's greatest experts on the NHS, had had an almighty falling out in the run up to the general election over the financing of long term care for the elderly." – Guardian

> Yesterday's ToryDiary on Norman Lamb's intervention

  • Royal College of Nursing say 40,000 NHS jobs face cuts in next three years – Express
  • Cutting cancer treatment waiting times and maintaining the number of police on the streets are the top two priorities for Scotland in the Holyrood elections – BBC

Theresa May rules out burka ban in Britain

May Theresa in black"It is not for government to say what people can and cannot wear. Such a proscriptive approach would be out of keeping with our nation's longstanding record of tolerance. Accordingly we do not support a ban on wearing the burka." – Quoted in The Independent

  • Cuts in patrols are inevitable, says West Midlands police chief – Times (£)
  • More than 30,000 police jobs ‘to be lost in next 4 years’, warns Labour – Metro

Despite all that Coalition tough talk… Now half of Britain has lost its weekly bin round

PICKLES ERIC 2009 "A survey of 117 town halls revealed that 59 per cent have switched to fortnightly collections. They are acting in clear defiance of Communities Secretary Eric Pickles, who said it was ‘a basic right’ for the public to have their rubbish collected every week." – Daily Mail

In a leader the Mail accuses Mr Pickles of falsely raising local people's hopes: "If Mr Pickles was unwilling to force councils to reinstate weekly collections — and he is not, on the basis that he believes in local decision-making, or ‘localism’ — he should not have falsely raised people’s hopes." 

The Conservative Middle Eastern Council's links to Syrian regime under scrutinyThe Times (£)

While we pull in our belts at home, our leaders get carried away abroad. It's time we turned our backs on our imperial past – Jackie Ashley in The Guardian

Dan Snow: The Tories didn't use FPTP, so why should the UK?

"Under good old First Past the Post, David Davis would be leader of the Tory party, having won the first ballot of MPs with 31 per cent of the vote. And they say AV benefits the fringe candidates? No wonder David Cameron sounds like such an unconvincing “No” campaigner." – Dan Snow in The Times (£)

The public is right to be appalled about phone hacking but surely News International weren’t the only culprits – Boris Johnson in The Telegraph

  • Sir Gus O'Donnell, the cabinet secretary, blocked attempt by former PM to hold judicial inquiry into phone-hacking allegations – Guardian
  • A leading lawyer claimed that up to 7,000 people may have had their phone messages intercepted by the News of the World – Independent

Labour should make big gains next month

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The FT (£) publishes a graphic noting that Labour is performing about 16% better than in 2007, when this year's set of local and other elections were last fought.

"Harriet Harman was facing accusations of hypocrisy over internships last night amid claims that she used her contacts to get a job for her son." – Telegraph

Ann Widdecombe's verdict on not getting into the Lords: David Cameron “just doesn’t want me around”Liverpool Daily Post

John Howard’s career – and his book – are invaluable guides to anyone interested in how conservatism today can win – Charles Moore in The Telegraph

And finally… Cameron urges Sun readers to hold Royal Wedding street parties

Screen shot 2011-04-11 at 08.06.11 "I know that there have been stories about petty bureaucracy getting in the way of party planners. But people who want to come together to celebrate with their neighbours should go ahead. We've done our bit by ripping up red tape and many councils have done the same. There are already around 4,000 street parties planned across Britain and there's still time to organise many more. Samantha and I will be holding one in Downing Street and bringing together local people and charities. It's incredibly simple. All you need to do is to get in touch with your council if you need to close the road. They'll let you know if there are any issues." – The Prime Minister writing in The Sun

The William and Kate wedding guest list is full of the Royal family's business connections – Melanie Phillips in the Daily Mail


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