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9pm ToryDiary: And in other news… The British taxpayer saves four million lives – David Cameron pledges an increase in aid spending

4pm Peter King on Comment: Is David Cameron leading the "same old Tories"?

DarlingInShirt 1.30pm LeftWatch: A year out of office, Alistair Darling backs Gordon Brown's rival for head of the IMF

11.30am WATCH: Liam Fox: the use of helicopters in Libya is "not an escalation" of the intervention

ToryDiary: Any questions for you?

Neil Hudson on Comment: Every young person with the ability to go to university should be encouraged to do so but Labour's 50% target was wrong

Seats and candidates: Sunday newspapers suggest that Conservative HQ has purged "right-wingers" from candidates list

Local Government: Why should local councils own Newcastle Airport?

Cameron prepares for Andrew Lansley to resign…

Cameron&Lansley "Senior figures at 10 Downing Street have begun to "war game" Mr Lansley's departure on the ground that his Bill will be so radically different from its original state that he no longer has the credibility to drive it through." – Sunday Telegraph

"A senior ministerial source said the concessions will be “much ­bigger than expected” and leave Mr Lansley “isolated” as the PM axes reforms he spent years drawing up. Allies of the PM fear Mr Lansley may quit over the humiliation after ruling out a move sideways, insisting: “I don’t want any other Cabinet job.”" – Sunday Mirror

  • Andrew Lansley forced to make U-turn on public health campaign cuts – The Observer
  • Lansley's ally on NHS reform faces conflict of interest questions – The Observer

Mail on Sunday and Sunday Telegraph differ on whether Cameron and Clegg are united on NHS retreat

Cameron&Clegg "The two leaders were overheard arguing as they sat in Westminster Hall before the US President’s historic address to MPs and peers. Tetchy Deputy Prime Minister Mr Clegg rejected the Prime Minister’s claim that the public supports the changes, telling him: ‘You mean YOU want to change it!’ An irritated Mr Cameron interrupted Mr Clegg and told him to change the subject. And when Mr Clegg appeared to criticise Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, the Prime Minister snapped: ‘It’s nothing to do with him NOW!’" – Mail on Sunday

"…Hague has been warning his younger colleagues that the Coalition has taken on too much; that the hugely ambitious programme of reforms undertaken in its first year will present plenty of difficulties as they bed down in 2012 and 2013; and that the overhaul of the NHS, whatever its intrinsic merits, is probably one reform too many. It would seem that the PM and Chancellor have been receptive to Hague’s argument, and had indeed been reaching similar conclusions." – Matthew d'Ancona in the Sunday Telegraph

Right-wing Tories "purged" from approved candidates list

  • "Some high-profile Conservative candidates who stood in last year’s general election have fallen victim to a cull of parliamentary candidates. Mark Clarke and Annunziata Rees-Mogg, labelled “Tatler Tories” after appearing in a glossy magazine photo shoot about potential future Conservative ministers, have been ditched despite being formerly A-list candidates and close runners-up in marginal seats." – Sunday Times (£)
  • "The decision sparked fears that Mr Cameron is seeking to ‘neuter’ the list of would-be Tory MPs to remove potential trouble-makers. Last night Tory MP Andrew Bridgen called for an ‘immediate review’ of the decision over Ms Rees-Mogg, as well as of the surprise rejection of several long-serving activists." – Mail on Sunday

Number 10 "fury" about Liam Fox's trip to Washington on the day of Obama's visit

FoxLiamOnPoliticsShow "As the President came to London, Fox flew the other away. One bemused No 10 source says: ‘He didn’t go to any of the meetings with Obama. One of the advantages of going to Washington is to see the key players. But the key player, the President, was here.’ Downing Street’s mood wasn’t improved when Conservative Home, the website of the Tory grassroots, hailed a speech the Defence Secretary had given lauding Ronald Reagan with the headline ‘Dr Fox goes to Washington to pay tribute to the kind of president that Obama will never be’." – James Forsyth in the Mail on Sunday

> Thursday ToryDiary: Dr Fox goes to Washington to pay tribute to the kind of president that Obama will never be

  • Former Army chief Lord Dannatt warns against cuts to the Army – BBC
  • Nato set to close key naval headquarters at Northwood, Hertfordshire – Sunday Telegraph
  • UK training Saudi forces used to crush Arab spring – The Observer
  • Washington appreciates that London is more helpful to its global ambitions than other European nations – and the Brits are useful in a scrap – Martin Ivens in the Sunday Times (£)

The Queen tells David Cameron she is concerned she might be the last monarch of the United Kingdom

Queen's-Speech-procession "The Queen has signalled in a private meeting with David Cameron her concern at the prospect of the break-up of the United Kingdom. The monarch met the prime minister at Buckingham Palace after the Scottish National party’s victory in the Holyrood elections this month to discuss the potential implications for the monarchy." – Sunday Times (£)

The Cameroons' "war" on the grammar school may be over

Gove in Commons "Slipped out in the new school-admissions code last week is a provision that will allow any grammar school that so desires to expand. The new rules will also permit them to set up satellite campuses within their area. This follows on from another change introduced by Education Secretary Michael Gove that paves the way for the establishment of a wave of selective sixth-form colleges. ” – James Forsyth in the Mail on Sunday

The Coalition is not doing enough to support economic growth

Osborne on Marr AM "Britain’s unilateral action might do nothing to stop global warming, but the decision to use expensive renewable energies will add 30 per cent to electricity prices for our manufacturing industry. £34 billion is being spent on a largely unwanted high-speed rail link, but our overcrowded airports are not allowed to expand. Despite promises to cut red tape, the Coalition’s new maternity laws will cost small businesses £2.5 billion a year.” – Tim Montgomerie in the Sunday Telegraph

  • In The Sunday Times (£) Dominic Lawson also warns against the Coalition's green policies: "We might just note that Brendan Barber, the TUC general secretary, has written the foreword to Merlin-Jones’s well-documented warning of the dire employment consequences of being “the greenest government ever”. Since the lingering unpopularity of Margaret Thatcher was entirely caused by the mass unemployment of the 1980s, it should occur to Cameron that green might soon be the most toxic political shade of all."
  • New figures show the number of long-term jobless is now 850,000 – a third of the total out of work – News of the World (£)

Coalition plans would limit party donations to £50,000

MILIBAND ED PRESS CONF "Labour would be left bankrupt under plans being advanced by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to impose a £50,000 cap on political donations (…) An analysis of funding conducted since David Cameron became Tory leader shows Labour would have been deprived of 85% of its income since 2005 if the limit had been in place. This is because the vast majority of its funds have come from hefty union donations well above the £50,000 level." – The Observer

Political news and comment in brief

  • "When George Osborne does 'meet the public' sessions, he's asked one question more than any other: why is he giving away so much in overseas aid?" – Fraser Nelson in the News of the World (£)
  • Scottish government moves against UK Supreme Court – BBC
  • Huhne file is sent to prosecutors – Independent on Sunday
  • Northern Rock should be returned to private sector, say Treasury's advisers – The Observer

Obama's advice to Ed Miliband: be more upbeat

Obama-close-up "Barack Obama has warned Ed Miliband that he can only win the next election if Labour embraces a more optimistic vision for Britain's future. In talks between the two centre-left leaders last week, the US President set out the blueprint for inspiring British voters at a time of anxiety about the state of the economy." – Independent on Sunday

Labour news and comment in brief

  • Alistair Darling backs Christine Lagarde for head of IMF – The Observer
  • Blunkett’s ex-aide linked to murder – Sunday Times (£)
  • Labour's academy schools have transformed education – John Rentoul in the Independent on Sunday
  • We know what Labour's against. Now let us hear what it is for – Will Hutton in The Observer

And finally… the Camerons go on holiday to the "party island" of Ibiza

"Now Samatha Cameron has shown how a very modern Downing Street wife likes to relax – by partying with DJ Pete Tong in an Ibiza nightclub. While David Cameron was preparing to fly out and join her for a family break on Saturday, his wife Samantha took the chance to catch up with friends at the bar as a succession of DJs played techno and dance music. " – Sunday Telegraph

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