7.15pm ToryDiary: Cameron stopped Theresa May imposing work restrictions on immigrant students

2.30pm Robert Leitch on Comment: It would be immoral not to pay properly for social care for the elderly

US Elephant shield2pm ConHomeUSA: Today's Republican and American political news

Noon Rashad Ali on Comment: Bob Lambert is wrong about Raed Salah – hate preacher, anti-semite and conspiracy theorist

ToryDiary: Tory members vote for the most impressive and most disappointing Coalition policies

Richard Harrington MP on Comment: I have seen the benefits of UK foreign aid in Africa – but recipients should know where it originated and British companies should be more involved in the tendering process for DFID-funded contracts

Local Government: Witney Town Council discriminate against anti abortion group

WATCH: William Hague's Afghanistan and Pakistan video diary: "so many British troops do an outstanding job in very, very difficult and dangerous circumstances"

Business leaders disagree with Iain Duncan Smith on using foreign workers over British workers

DUNCAN SMITH 2"The Work and Pensions Secretary has opened a national debate about the appetite of British companies to hire local workers, with a speech at a centre-right think-tank in Madrid questioning whether it remains “too easy” to look abroad for workers. Business leaders immediately responded by suggesting that British workers were less useful than foreign-born migrants who work harder." – The Times (£)

"The British Chambers of Commerce say foreign staff are often better educated and work harder than UK employees. Firms have also urged the Government not to block "highly skilled migrants" from working in Britain." – The Sun

  • SUN-SAYS"But let's be honest. Bosses also have a point when they say migrants can sometimes be keener and harder working than some of our job seekers. They are also often better educated, especially in science and technology. Britain needs skilled migrants and must not shut them out. But we also desperately need our young back in work. What's the answer? We must improve education – which Michael Gove is doing – so our young can compete in the world, particularly in science and technology." – The Sun Says
  • A licence to get tough on welfare – Daily Telegraph editorial
  • Many babies, one future – Iain Duncan Smith, in the Guardian

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: IDS speaks out: No immigration control = no welfare reform

Osborne urged Darling to opt out of EU bail-out

Osborne NewX"George Osborne asked Alistair Darling not to commit Britain to a multi-billion-pound bail-out fund for the euro in the days after the 2010 general election when Gordon Brown was clinging to power, official documents released last night show. However, Mr Darling, who was still Chancellor despite Labour having lost the election, ignored the advice and voted in favour of the European plan before the Coalition was formed." – Daily Telegraph

  • "Is it inevitable that Britain stays a full member of the European Union? Or that the EU continues with only one kind of membership? I’ve begun to wonder and I’m sure I’m not alone. Somewhere in the landscape of our political imagination something big has shifted. Certainties look uncertain." – Matthew Parris, in the Times (£)
  • "As I reported some weeks ago, Mr Cameron’s close adviser Steve Hilton now wants Britain to withdraw from the EU. His views are supported by Oliver Letwin, minister of state at the Cabinet Office, and a mood of Euroscepticism is spreading to fellow ministers who are becoming increasingly frustrated by the power of the EU to thwart the policies they believe are necessary to restore Britain’s fortunes.Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, Liam Fox (Defence) and Philip Hammond (Transport) are among those who are losing patience with the EU." – Iain Martin, in the Daily Mail

> Yesterday on Comment – Mark Field MP: These bailouts are appeasement by another name

Michael Gove to cut school trip red tape

Gove IDCC"Teachers and parents will need to fill out fewer forms to allow children to go on school trips, the Government said. Schools and local authorities have been told to ditch "unnecessary paperwork" in a statement from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which the organisation hopes will dispel "myths about legal action". The Department for Education, which has also updated its advice, says complex guidance that teachers previously needed to grapple with has been slashed from 150 pages to just eight." – The Belfast Telegraph

The Daily Mail calls unions "the biggest roadblock" to economic recovery

DAILY-MAIL"Unashamedly, their intention is to sabotage the spending cuts necessary to reduce the crippling budget deficit, maintain the confidence of the money markets and restore the living standards of everyone, including their members, in this country. This week’s disruptive (though poorly supported) walkout by the teaching unions and the PCS, over plans to make relatively modest changes to public sector pensions, was the first shot in what they intend to be the longest period of industrial strife since the 1926  National Strike." – Daily Mail editorial

Graeme Archer: Our teachers have forgotten basic maths and plain English

ArcherGraeme"…I have tried, hard, to understand the psychology of teachers prepared to strike to maintain a pension they know is both unaffordable and unfair when compared with what others receive. I've tried to understand what makes them so angry, when almost none of their cohort ever faces that other creeping spectre of modern working life: redundancy. Even the incompetent ones are rarely sacked: only 18 have been struck off the teaching register in the past 10 years. They sent their letter, complaining about their exhaustion, to a couple who have seen thousands of their colleagues made redundant over that same period – for reasons that rarely had anything to do with incompetence." – Graeme Archer, in the Daily Telegraph

  • The strikers' real success was to expose Tory bombast – Polly Toynbee, in the Guardian

Miliband warned over plan to cut union voting powers

Miliband Ed ITN "Union chiefs have told Ed Miliband to avoid meddling with their role at the heart of Labour’s decision-making, amid signs that he is edging away from a major confrontation with the party’s traditional paymasters. The Labour leader had signalled that he was ready to introduce reforms challenging the huge power of the unions, which wield a 50 per cent block vote at the party’s annual conference. The three biggest unions, Unison, Unite and the GMB, hold 40 per cent of voting power." - The Times (£)

  • The "Miliband Loop": "Like a waxwork in Madame Tussauds that has been fitted with a voicebox, Ed Miliband replayed the same words to each question he was asked by ITV journalist Damon Green, over and over again." - The Independent

> From Thursday - WATCH: Ed Miliband robotically repeating same message to interviewer about public sector strikes

Government u-turn on electric car charging points

HAMMOND PHILIP NEWSNIGHT "The coalition Government's green credentials were called into question yesterday after it scrapped plans for a nationwide network of recharging points for electric cars. The Department for Transport, which had planned to have 9,000 recharging points by 2013, has decided that the programme is not viable. The scheme offers matching funds to local businesses and public sector partners who install the points." - The Independent

  • Call for Chris Huhne to resign over Fukushima emails - The Guardian 
  • Lib Dem MPs set to rebel against nuclear power 'subsidy' - The Guardian

Political News and Comment in Brief

Inverclyde by-election fallout:

1) Scottish Lib Dems turn on Clegg

CleggNickDeclaring"Nick Clegg was at war with members of his Scottish party last night after lashing out at a former Holyrood minister who described the Inverclyde by-election as a "humiliation" (…) His comments reflect wider discontent in the Scottish party, with many senior figures privately blaming their loss of support for the coalition deal with the Conservatives in Westminster. The worst result for Lib Dems in a Scottish by-election since the Second World War comes after a dreadful Holyrood campaign, where the party dropped from 16 MSPs to five." - The Scotsman

2) Ed Miliband claims by-election hold (with a reduced majority) shows the public supports his deficit position

"Ed Miliband said on Friday that Labour's victory in the Inverclyde byelection showed firm support for his party's claim that the coalition government at Westminster is imposing cuts that go "too far and too fast"." - The Guardian

> Yesterday's Seats and Candidates: Liberal Democrats poll 2 per cent in yesterday's Inverclyde by-election

And finally… The Independent pays tribute to Jacob Rees-Mogg

REES-MOGG JACOB"Jacob Rees-Mogg, Conservative MP for North East Somerset, is to the Conservative Party what Dennis Skinner is to the Labour Party. He is the voice of what makes his party unique. David Cameron could have been a Liberal Democrat or even a Labour MP if he had gone to a slightly less expensive school, but Rees-Mogg could only ever be a Conservative. Who else, in times of austerity and public spending cuts, would deliver a speech in favour of spending more, not less, on the Royal Family? (…) Why isn't this man leading the Conservative Party?" - The Independent 

> Yesterday on Parliament: Jacob Rees-Mogg celebrates the monarchy as "the greatest institution in our land"



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