1pm Comment: In six observations on Bin Laden's killing Robert Halfon MP notes that Hamas described the leader of al-Qaeda as a "holy warrior"
11am Paul Goodman on Comment: "Imagine for a moment that while the IRA was still waging its terror campaign, Gerry Adams was discovered to be swanning around inside a specially-built fort in Dublin 4 – a part of the city famous for the wealth of its inhabitants…" What did Pakistan's authorities know about Bin Laden's safe house?
10am ConservativeHomeUSA: Video summarising US media reactions to Obama's OBL announcement
Seats and candidates: The 23 Tory MPs who may not have won their seats if AV had operated at the last election
"David Cameron called Nick Clegg’s integrity into question yesterday by insisting that electronic counting machines are likely to be needed if AV is adopted, in spite of flat denials from his deputy." – Times (£)
- 44% of voters think AV is designed to give the Lib Dems more MPs – Noted in The Express
- Daily Mail graphic charting collapse of support for AV.
Chris Huhne accuses Cameron of "trashing" Liberal Democrats
Full quote from Guardian: "David Cameron has had the power to stop these no campaign leaflets saying Nick Clegg has broken promises and told lies. He has done nothing about it. To attack your political colleagues in a coalition and Nick Clegg in particular for accepting the compromises necessary to allow the Conservatives to implement some of its policies is absurdly short-sighted and outrageous. Our two parties came together in the national interest in order to deal with our country's economic problems. The Conservative party is now completely trashing us and Nick Clegg's leadership for doing something they asked us to do in the national interest."
> Yesterday's LeftWatch: Chris Huhne accuses the Conservative Party of opposing "every change in our democracy"
- The Independent reports that "for the future of the Coalition, leaders play down the AV vitriol" but the Daily Mail says that "Cameron struggles to calm Lib Dem fury over his AV 'lies'".
- "The love-in has ended. The coalition must not let hate enter its soul." – Julian Glover in The Guardian
Boris Johnson argues that the Royal Wedding will have boosted the campaign to keep First Past The Post – Telegraph
Boris Johnson urges London employers to pay a minimum of £8.30 per hour
"The lowest-paid in London should earn 40 per cent more than the poorest wage earners in the rest of the UK, according to Boris Johnson. The city’s mayor has increased the London living wage, the optional minimum pay rate for the capital, to £8.30 ($13.84) an hour, 40 per cent more than the current national minimum of £5.93 an hour… More than 100 companies now pay the London living wage as their minimum rate, as well as the Greater London Authority Group, but the mayor is keen to persuade more businesses to pledge to pay the higher level. Mr Johnson said: “It really is a win-win for employers, as paying a fair wage fosters a loyal and motivated workforce while at the same time continues to help pull many Londoners out of poverty and boost the capital’s economy.” – FT (£)
Academics say minimum wage is most successful policy of last thirty years – FT (£)
Gove makes it 'faster and simpler' to sack bad teachers – Daily Mail
Eric Pickles condemns EU plan for new region to connect southern England and northern France
"Senior Tories condemned plans to merge southern England and northern France into a territory called “Arc Manche” complete with its own flag. Brussels chiefs have already earmarked millions of pounds for lavish projects designed to give the zone its own “identity”. Schemes include a £7.6million “cross-Channel” network of cycle paths, a £2million travelling exhibition of “contemporary” artworks and even a bizarre international tour by circus clowns costing £5.5million. Tory Cabinet Minister Eric Pickles yesterday revealed details of the plan inherited by his Whitehall department from the previous Labour government. The Communities Secretary said: “Labour ministers have been caught red-handed conspiring with European bureaucrats to wipe England off the map and replace our historic boroughs, counties and cities with transnational Euro-regions. “Massive amounts of taxpayers’ money are being wasted on vanity projects. I intend to fight these plans, stop this waste and protect England’s national and local identities from EU empire building.” – Express
The question is not whether the Lib Dems will lose, but how badly they will perform – John Curtice in The Independent
Key pledges from the Welsh Conservatives – Western Mail
50% of Scottish voters think SNP will be best at defending Scotland interests, 19% lead over Labour – Scotsman
- BBC report on last night's Scottish leaders' debate.
- Iain Gray claimed Alex Salmond’s dream of an independent Scotland would cost every Scot £2,600 – Herald
- Iain Gray believes in policy before personality in attempt to trump Salmond card – Scotsman
"On the surface the right is routed north of the border, but underneath there is a glimmer of a revival for Scottish Toryism. Mr Salmond’s party used to be known as the “Tartan Tories”. His administration has been true to that tag: business-friendly, small-state nationalists. Indeed, the SNP has had an almost four-year start on Mr Cameron and has been shrinking the state by stealth – freezing council tax, cutting local services and cutting taxes on small business." – John McTernan in the FT (£)
Ed Miliband backs greater voice for locals to stop spread of supermarkets – Guardian
Eastern European migrants' boost to economy was 'insignificant', says thinktank – Daily Mail
Tax property, not people, for a fairer society – Philip Inman for The Guardian
"Coalitions and minorities may be the new norm in a country which now has four substantial parties. All things considered, Canada has not done too badly under Mr Harper’s minority governments. But sooner or later it will need a prime minister with a majority who can tackle difficult issues such as an ageing population, reforming a good but expensive health-care system, and coming up with a policy on climate change. If none of today’s leaders is capable of convincing Canadians that they deserve a clear mandate, then they should yield to others who might." – Economist
David Cameron gives American TV a four minute tour of 10 Downing Street
"The usually sure-footed Peter Robinson disclosed on Twitter how he found himself up to his nose in water, surrounded by startled fish after an ill-judged attempt to clean out the pond in his garden on the outskirts of Belfast… But, despite years of experience treading through political minefields trying not to put a foot wrong, he managed to slip on the side and went tumbling into the water. With members of his family looking in convulsions of laughter, the DUP leader then spent several minutes grappling with the sides trying to haul himself out." – Telegraph