5pm WATCH: Gaddafi's swimming pool becomes a rebel playground

BercowJohnPublicDoesntLikeIt 2.15pm Parliament: How many members of the public have complained about MPs' behaviour in the House – hundreds? Thousands?

1pm ConHomeUSA: Today's top Republican and American political news

1pm LISTEN: Labour MP Stephen Pound: I have been offered bribes by constituents

11am WATCH: "One of the most significant underminings of our liberty" – Nick de Bois MP and Alex Deane discuss the European Arrest Warrant

10.15am ToryDiary: Conservatives don't want to scrap the Human Rights Act. We want to replace it with a British Bill of Rights.

Cameron-Gadhafi-head-ToryDiary: David Cameron has rescued and redefined the principle of overseas intervention

Robert Thomas on Comment: The scrutiny of Royal accounts should be sensitive and sympathetic

Dominic Llewellyn on ThinkTankCentral: Rebuilding British society and tackling societal problems must involve empowering communities

Local government: Government to encourage more houseboats

WATCH: The Battle for Tripoli rages on as hundreds of bodies are found

Tories and Lib Dems at odds over reform of human rights law

"Tories claimed the "Liberal Democrat tail is wagging the Coalition dog" after the Deputy Prime Minister confirmed that he would block proposals to dilute Britain's human rights laws. Tory MPs have become increasingly concerned that Mr Clegg has flexed his muscles since the Liberal Democrats lost the referendum on the voting system in May." – Independent

  • The Daily Mail says "This time, Dave must not agree with Nick "
  • The Sun has some suggestions for the Prime Minister upon his return from holiday: "IGNORE Clegg and all the other human rights hand-wringers. SACK pointless Ken Clarke. SHAKE UP our legal system so it performs the two tasks all ordinary, decent people ask of it: protect the innocent and punish the criminals." – The Sun Says

> Yesterday on ToryDiary: With every passing day the Liberal Democrats are dragging the Coalition further away from the Conservative manifesto

Graeme Archer: Why the Left is winning the fight over the wrongs of the Human Rights Act

ArcherGraeme"The words used to describe a law ultimately control the parameters of the debate which polite society will permit about it, even if the words so used have almost no connection with the object they attempt to describe. The Human Rights Act should really be entitled The “Incorporation into UK law of the right for citizens to sue the government in a British court, in the kinds of cases that used to be heard in a faintly quaint institution which doesn’t resemble a British court in constitution or practice, and which we could safely ignore” Act. To support the repeal of that would be applauded. To speak out against the same thing, once it is named “the Human Rights Act”, is not" – Graeme Archer, in the Daily Telegraph

Lib Dem "squeamishness" is to blame for continuing high immigration figures - Yorkshire Post

  • The Liberal Democrats are threatening to deny privately educated pupils places at leading universities - Daily Telegraph
  • Ex-Lib Dem member appears in court charged with throwing blue paint at Nick Clegg – Daily Telegraph

David Willetts says the 50p tax rate should be retained for "symbolic importance"

WILLETTS DAVID NW"The 50p top rate of tax on high earners should be kept in place while “times are tough” to show struggling families that the richest are paying their fair share, a senior minister has said. David Willetts, the Universities Minister and a key adviser to the Prime Minister on social mobility, said there was symbolic importance to the tax bracket, which George Osborne, the Chancellor, has indicated he would like to abolish." – The Times (£)

David Willetts Times (£) interview in full

  • Nick Clegg suggests economic reforms need to go faster - Daily Telegraph 
  • Nick Clegg: northern cities could suffer as public sector shrinks - Guardian

Man suspected of killing PC Yvonne Fletcher identifiedDaily Telegraph

Charles Moore: Britain shouldn’t feel guilty about the part we played in ousting Colonel Muammar Gaddafi

MOORE "If it is allied and legal, if it means that we supply advisers, money, weapons, intelligence, but not battalions, and, above all, if it supports a broad internal movement, it is worth trying. This is not much more than common sense. It is certainly much better than the Obama view (“No, we can’t!”) that the more dangerous the country – above all, Iran – the more we have to tiptoe round it. Watching Gaddafi leave, one can easily imagine horrible things happening later. But it is hard to imagine his type – crazed egotism, huge secret police, international terrorism – replicating itself successfully in the age of the internet and satellite television. Unless you think it too un‑British, feel free to gloat." – Charles Moore, in the Daily Telegraph

  • We got away with it. Now we must turn away – Matthew Parris, in the Times (£)
  • Savour your moment, Dave. But don't get hooked on war like Blair – John Kampfner, in the Daily Mail

Daily Telegraph: The Prime Minister has helped to defeat the Gaddafi regime in Libya – his next target should be the European Commission

Cameron@Davos "…for all that the Prime Minister can now point to a singular foreign policy success early in his premiership, hard reality dictates that at the next election he will be judged not on what happened in Tripoli, but on the state of the UK economy. … If the Government is serious about developing a strategy for growth, it should tell the European Commission that it is suspending all directives that are harmful to job creation. Doubtless, this will lead to a clash with the European Court – but Mr Cameron will have the backing of the country, if not of the Liberal Democrats, for whom pro-European ideology trumps hard-headed economic pragmatism." - Daily Telegraph editorial

> From yesterday – Alistair Thompson on Comment: Early success should fool no one that rebuilding Libya will take a long time

Miliband must switch focus from Tripoli to London to gain capital – Andrew Grice, in the Independent

The Daily Telegraph profiles Greg Clark

CLARK GREG OFFICIAL"…the Government’s attempt to overhaul planning rules, overseen by Mr Clark, is proving to be highly combustible. More than 1,300 pages of planning rules will be reduced to 52. Councils will be asked to consult residents and devise their own “sovereign” plans to deal with proposed construction. They will be free from central government intervention but also expected to make planning decisions under a “presumption in favour of sustainable development”." – Daily Telegraph

  • Greg Clark: villagers clamour for homes – Daily Telegraph
  • "Every household in Britain has been overcharged an estimated £120 in utility bills as a result of an environmental initiative that is not working, an investigation by The Times has found." – The Times (£)

Grant Shapps: Use boats to ease housing crisis Daily Telegraph

Theresa May blocks English Defence League march in London - BBC

James Clappison MP writes to the Attorney General over riots remand policy

ClappisonJames "The attorney general, Dominic Grieve, has been asked to intervene in the row over the secret strategy adopted by the Metropolitan police during the riots to remand in custody everyone who was charged, which lawyers have claimed amounted to a blanket policy of imprisonment. James Clappison, the Conservative MP for Hertsmere, barrister and member of the home affairs committee, has written to Grieve asking for assurances that the normal standards of justice should apply to alleged riot offenders." –  Guardian

  • After the riots: tough tactics to uproot London's gangs - Guardian

> Yesterday on Local government: Labour councils offer mixed views on evicting rioters from Council housing

Scottish Conservative leadership election heats up

FraserMurdo"The fight to replace Annabel Goldie as the leader of the Tory Party in Scotland has become a genuine contest after deputy leader Murdo Fraser became the second candidate to say he wanted the job. Mr Fraser said yesterday he was looking forward to a debate about the future direction of the party after being encouraged by parliamentary colleagues, senior councillors and party activists to stand." – The Herald

Labour wasted £5million of public money on chauffeurs for health ministers

Burnham Andy QT"Between 1997 and 2010, the Department of Health spent £5.3million on drivers – an average of £411,000 a year. The bill rose by 11 per cent in 2009-10 under then-Health Secretary Andy Burnham – the year a report was commissioned on NHS staff cuts." – The Sun

  • Quango fat cat's £500,000 payoff: Huge sum given to boss of discredited agency – Daily Mail

Labour MP Stephen Pound: My constituents have offered me bribes

"Stephen Pound, the shadow Northern Ireland minister, revealed he is frequently offered bribes by constituents when he was hooked up to a polygraph test for a Beyond Westminster programme on Radio 4 examining why politicians struggle to say publicly what they really think." – Guardian

And finally… Sally Bercow leaves the Big Brother House

"The controversial mum of three lost out in a live eviction against Kerry Katona and Bobby Sabel. She was greeted by family as she left the house, but hubby John — the House of Commons Speaker — was nowhere to be seen." – The Sun


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