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6.30pm WATCH: Nick Boles MP: "What is Christian about asking people to remain dependant throughout their lives?"

4.30pm Andrew Lilico on Comment: Where Rowan was right, wrong, and arguable

3.30pm ToryDiary: Fox and Mitchell describe Britain's powerful foreign policy role

6a00d83451b31c69e2015432865d38970c-150wi 3.30pm Matthew Sinclair on Comment: Unions aren't the little platoons the Big Society needs, they're creatures of big government that could doom localism

2.30pm ToryDiary: David Cameron emphasises the moral justice of the Coalition's policies in his response to the Archbishop of Canterbury

2pm WATCH: 

6a00d83451b31c69e201538f0cc34f970b12.30pm Eric Ollerenshaw MP on Comment: How I'm helping to widen access to paid internships in Parliament beyond the wealthy and well-connected

Noon ConHomeUSA: Today's Republican and American political news

11am ToryDiary: If Lambeth Palace calls for a ceasefire, Downing Street's got no-one to negotiate it

10.15am WATCH: Tony Blair: Europe will lose influence unless European countries work more closely together

ToryDiary: The Archbishop of Canterbury is no friend of the poor

And on Comment, Alex Deane offers his own verdict on Rowan Williams: The plank in your own eye

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Michael Nazir-Ali on Comment: We must not give up in Afghanistan and let the Taliban return to power

Harry Phibbs on the Local government blog responds to criticism of the Coalition's Localism Bill from a committee of MPs: While the Select Committee is fretting about the term localism, the Government are getting on with the job of making it a reality…

Parliament: David Cameron pays tribute to the "remarkable" Duke of Edinburgh's service of our country

Gazette: Cameron pokes fun at Boris and Ken (Clarke) at Tory summer party

WATCH: Boris Johnson accompanies police on dawn raid of suspected drug criminals

Theresa May announces a 'British FBI'

MAY-THERESA "An FBI-style agency will have powers over Britain’s police to tackle organised crime, border control, cyber crime and online paedophiles, said Theresa May yesterday. The only major threat the National Crime Agency won’t control is counter-terrorism. The Home Secretary said that the 6,000 organised crime gangs operating here had escaped justice for too long. “For the first time, there will be one agency with the power, remit and responsibility for ensuring the right action is taken at the right time by the right people,” she told MPs." – Express

  • "The Serious Fraud Office has won a reprieve after the home secretary rowed back on plans to split the agency and roll it into a new FBI-style organisation." – FT (£)

Ken Clarke likely to leave Cabinet next year after prisons policy controversies

"David Cameron was accused of presiding over a ‘total mess’ on sentencing policy yesterday after he humiliated Kenneth Clarke by tearing up plans to halve jail terms for serious offenders. The Prime Minister was forced to insist that the Justice Secretary had ‘plenty more fuel in the tank’ despite the controversy, but senior government sources expect him to be shown the door in a Cabinet reshuffle next year." – Daily Mail

The Mail blames Cameron's focus on the foreign aid budget for a lack of attention on crime – Daily Mail

Sun blames Clarke, Mail blames Cameron

The Sun calls for Clarke to go: "Voters are sick to death of criminals being freed early to kill, rape and rob. They are sick to death of criminals having more rights than victims. The Justice Secretary should champion victims, not offenders. Ken has no will to do it. Someone else must."

Daily Mail: "Wouldn’t a truly robust Prime Minister have squashed the plan at birth, instead of waiting for the public outcry — and leaving Mr Clarke with a £130million hole in his budget?"

  • But… Timothy Garton-Ash in The Guardian remains an admirer: Ken Clarke – as British as roast beef, as European as the heaviest Burgundy – is the man to reform the European Court of Human Rights while proposing a compatible British bill of rights

Time for a diplomatic U-turn The story behind the U-turns

  • "Mr Cameron vowed not to repeat Tony Blair’s mistake of failing to reform aggressively in his first term. Some Tory MPs blame Steve Hilton, the prime minister’s policy guru, for fuelling this hyperactivity. Andrew Cooper, the premier’s new director of political strategy, is applying the brakes." – George Parker in the FT (£)
  • Steve Richards: The romantics in Cameron's circle are being eclipsed by the technocrats – Independent
  • "A year ago, Mr Cameron governed as chairman of the board, prepared to let his ministers take their own decisions and run their own departments. This year, accepting that he will always be held accountable for those decisions, he has turned chief executive, regularly intervening to kill "difficult" policies. Even if he had previously backed them. Even if doing so leaves his ministers feeling bruised and misused." – James Kirkup in The Telegraph
  • "This newspaper's poll of polls today demonstrates that Mr Cameron's personal ratings are holding up well in comparison to those of Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband. If these bad decisions and chaotic reversals continue, however, that could change dramatically." – Independent leader

Localism Bill is incoherent and inconsistent says Committee of MPs

Hollingbery "George Hollingbery, Tory MP for Meon Valley and committee member, said: "Whilst localisation of power is wonderful, and I think it's worth saying this government is doing more on this agenda than I think has been done for some time, we still have real concerns that the democratic control and scrutiny is missing."" – Guardian

Baroness Eaton attacks plans for shadow mayors: “I am concerned that the policy on mayors, which will allow central government to require an area to have a ‘shadow mayor’ and then hold a confirmatory referendum, is the wrong path to take,” said Baroness Eaton. “The change should come only after local people have decided that it is desirable, not before.” – Yorkshire Post

Concerns that IDS is focusing too much on providing incentives to work rather than a personal responsibility to work – Allegra Stratton in The Guardian

  • Chris Grayling has denied claims the government had helped fuel press coverage labelling benefit claimants as "workshy" – BBC
  • The urban scourge of the Eighties, homelessness is on the rise in Britain's cities once again – Independent

Vince Cable piles pressure on banks over business lending

Cable Vince Yes "High-street banks must reassure the public that senior managers’ rewards are predicated on lending to small businesses, Vince Cable has said as a fragile peace deal between the City and government shows growing signs of strain. Giving evidence to the business select committee on Wednesday, the business secretary disclosed that he had written to the chairmen of leading banks – RBS, HSBC, Lloyds, Barclays and Santander – demanding that they publish material showing the link between loans to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and senior managers’ bonuses." – FT (£)

£200 stealth charge is slipped on to your gas and electricity bill

"Hidden green taxes now make up a fifth of every household’s gas and electricity bills, energy campaigners warned last night. Cash strapped families pay an average of £200 a year in stealth levies to subsidise Britain's massive expansion of wind farms, solar panels and 'environmentally friendly' heating schemes." – Daily Mail

EU to cost average British family £700 a year by 2020Telegraph

"Last night, a Government source said: ‘Calls for a five per cent increase in the budget are completely unacceptable. Tax is a matter of national sovereignty and the rebate is not up for negotiation.’" – Daily Mail

> Yesterday's Parliament: Conservative MEPs vote against new European budget increases

Tony Blair advocates elected EU President

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"Europe needs an elected president with a democratic mandate to drive sweeping reforms and give the European Union leadership on the world stage, Tony Blair says… Mr Blair sets out five areas where the EU should forge closer links to “make us more powerful as a unit”. They are: tax policy and fundamental reform of the social model; completion of the single market; forging a common energy policy; a common defence policy; and a common immigration and organised crime policy." – Times (£)

Politics in Brief:

  • "THE Scottish Secretary, Michael Moore, has been forced to rein back his call for a second referendum on Scottish independence after his own party leader refused to back him." – Scotsman
  • Peers claim £6m in expenses in three months – BBC
  • Voters in West Belfast are going to the polls to elect a new MP to replace Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams – BBC

And finally… Photographs from the Conservative Party's summer ballDaily Mail

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