7.15pm Parliament: Owen Paterson condemns the "revolting and cowardly" murder of PC Ronan Kerr as Northern Ireland's politicians refuse to allow it to destabilise democratic processes

NO2AV logo6pm Graeme Archer on Comment makes the case against introducing AV: "The problem is that my last vote – for the candidate I want the least – counts as much as your first one. And that's not just a theory; it will happen with AV. The second choices of people will start to outnumber the votes of a larger group of people who picked another candidate as their first choice. In what benighted worldview can that possibly be described as 'fair'?"

5.30pm ToryDiary update: Andrew Lansley confirms pause for listening and engaging over the Government's NHS reforms

Picture 23.45pm WATCH: Michael Gove speaks about the new powers he is giving teachers to improve discipline in schools

1.45pm Parliament: What chance a recall of Parliament during the Easter recess?

1.15pm Gareth Johnson MP on Comment: The Chancellor’s policy of rewarding those who leave money to charities will benefit communities up and down the country

11.45am WATCH: Chris Grayling says that genuine claimants of incapacity benefit have nothing to fear from the Government's reforms

11am ThinkTankCentral: Policy Exchange calls on the Government to slow down NHS reforms in order to get GPs on board

Cameron and LansleyToryDiary: The principles of the Government's NHS reforms will remain – but changes are on the way as Cameron reportedly takes personal charge of selling the package

Christian Guy on Comment: Don’t write off Ken Clarke just yet – the rehabilitation revolution remains his greatest challenge and opportunity

Seats and Candidates: Final list of nominated Conservative candidates for the Scottish Parliament election

Local Government: Support for new Enterprise Zones grows

WATCH: David Willetts is tackled by Jon Sopel on the BBC Politics Show over the number of universities charging the maximum tuition fees

Most of us want to work past 65 says IDS as he is poised to unveil single-tier state pension

Iain Duncan Smith speaking "Most workers want to work on when they reach 65, Iain Duncan Smith claimed yesterday. He insisted that higher life expectancy meant people should – and usually want – to work for longer before taking their pension. The Work and Pensions Secretary made the extraordinary claim on the eve of unveiling reforms that could push the retirement age beyond 70." – Daily Mail

"Iain Duncan Smith is to outline plans to create a flat-rate £140-a-week state pension after condemning the existing system as complex and in "crisis". The Work and Pensions Secretary will give MPs details of radical changes designed to encourage more people to save for their retirement. Pensioners currently receive at least £97.65 a week but this will rise to at least £140 at current prices. Under the proposed reforms, means-tested credits, which see nearly half of all OAPs claim £132.60 a week, will be scrapped in about five years' time as the Government looks to simplify pensions in a similar way to the benefits system." – Press Association

> WATCH: Iain Duncan Smith talks to Sky News' Dermot Murnaghan about his benefit reform plans in a 15-minute interview

"Squeezed" middle set to suffer as tax and benefit changes kick in this week

"The average household is predicted to be roughly £200 a year worse off after George Osborne pushes through no fewer than 44 changes with the new tax year, beginning on Wednesday. Among the measures is the reduction in the threshold at which employees pay 40 per cent income tax from £37,400 to £35,000 of taxable income." – The Times (£)

Michael Gove to give teachers new powers

Michael Gove serious 2010 "Head teachers will be able to press criminal charges against pupils who make false allegations about teachers in England, according to new guidance issued by the Government. Schools will also face inspections from Ofsted without prior warning, under an overhaul of the rules set out by Michael Gove, the Education Secretary… As well as the ability to press criminal charges, heads will be able to temporarily or permanently exclude pupils who make false allegations. There will be an assumption that the teacher has behaved reasonably, until proved otherwise." – Daily Telegraph

Two million claimants on disability living allowance face being stripped of payments

"Figures published today show that the vast majority of people claiming disability benefit have been given the hand-out for life, without any regular checks to see if their condition persists. Almost three quarters of all those claiming Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – more than two million people – have been entitled to these so-called “indefinite rewards”. – Daily Telegraph

NHS reforms fiasco buries good news on welfare

"Today marks the beginning of a government initiative that enjoys strong public support: a vigorous crackdown on abuses of sickness benefits. According to Chris Grayling, the Minister for Employment, half a million claimants are fit to start work immediately; the three-year drive to identify them starts now. Unfortunately, any praise the Government receives for this measure is likely to be drowned out by criticism of its NHS reforms." – Daily Telegraph editorial

  • NHS reforms a betrayal, says Ed Miliband – BBC

Clegg plots 300-strong 80% elected second chamber

Lords_Chamber "Elected members of a reformed House of Lords would serve single terms of 15 years under plans to be announced by the Deputy Prime Minister. Sixty peers would still be appointed to a slimmed-down chamber of 300 after Nick Clegg was forced to accept a compromise. Instead of a fully elected chamber that was promised in the Liberal Democrat manifesto in the event that party took sole power, Nick Clegg will soon present plans for one that is 80 per cent elected and 20 per cent appointed." – The Times (£)

> Jonathan Isaby: Turning the House of Lords into an elected Senate would be a lasting and highly damaging piece of constitutional vandalism

AV vote: David Cameron warns Britain is 'sleepwalking' into assault on democracy

"Britain is "sleepwalking" towards an assault on democracy as public apathy threatens to yield a "yes" vote in next month's referendum, David Cameron has warned. The Prime Minister has pledged to deliver a "wake–up call" over the dangers of switching to the alternative vote system in the referendum on May 5." – Daily Telegraph

Hague: Musa will not get immunity

William Hague serious 2011 "Turncoat Libyan spymaster Musa Kusa will not be given immunity from prosecution in Britain, William Hague said yesterday. But the Foreign Secretary did not rule out granting asylum to the defector from Colonel Gaddafi's evil regime. Kusa, dubbed Gaddafi's "envoy of death", has been linked to a string of terror atrocities, including IRA bombs and Lockerbie." – The Sun

  • Dumfries and Galloway police to quiz Gaddafi defector on Lockerbie – The Times (£)

> WATCH: William Hague reveals that he has spoken to (though not met) Musa Kusa since his arrival in Britain – but dismisses press speculation about a deal with the former Libyan Foreign Minister

Army and Navy reveal job loss plan

"The coalition is braced for renewed criticism over cuts to Britain's military, as more details of job losses are announced. The Government signalled its intention to shed 17,000 posts from the armed forces last autumn in a bid to save nearly £5 billion over four years. Although some of that reduction will be through "natural wastage" such as retirements, 11,000 staff are expected to be made redundant." – Daily Express

  • RAF "stretched to limit", warns Air Chief Marshall – The Guardian

Scottish Conservatives to launch manifesto today

Scottish Conservative logo "The Scottish Conservative Party is to launch its manifesto ahead of the 5 May Holyrood elections. The party will promise to deliver "common sense" policies that face up to the need to cut the spending deficit. Annabel Goldie, Scottish Conservative leader, will also say her party's programme will grow the economy and boost jobs." – BBC

How Tories outspent rivals in key Yorkshire marginals last year

"The financial muscle which helped Tory candidates win key Yorkshire seats at the General Election can be revealed today after they splashed out £300,000 on campaigns in 11 crucial marginal seats which helped propel David Cameron into Number 10." – Yorkshire Post

Huhne attacks 'headless chicken' Clegg over nuclear plant comments amid claims of Lib Dem leadership challenge

"Chris Huhne launched an astonishing attack on Nick Clegg last night, accusing him of behaving like a ‘headless chicken’ over the implications of Japan’s nuclear disaster. The Environment Secretary, who is said to be privately plotting to replace Mr Clegg as Liberal Democrat leader, ridiculed his suggestion that the meltdown at the Fukushima reactor could lead to soaring costs of nuclear power stations in the UK." – Daily Mail

Northern Ireland on high alert after weekend bombThe Independent

UK coalition 'not stable' says ex-chancellor Lord HoweBBC

And finally… How Alex Salmond's election promises would be funded by the English taxpayer

SALMOND-ALEX "Scottish voters have been promised a generous raft of handouts denied to their  English neighbours across the border. They include a two-year freeze on water bills – while in England water bills are  set to rise by 4.6 per cent on average. And while brutal cutbacks are being made in England, Scotland is safeguarding  existing handouts.   Another promise being made by Alex Salmond, the Scottish first minister, is a two-year freeze on council tax bills, ahead of the Holyrood election on  May 5." – Daily Mail


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