7.30pm WATCH: Cameron and Hammond in Wootton Bassett to witness the town receive Royal accolade

6.30pm ToryDiary: The lack of Right-wing voices in the Cabinet (continued)

5pm WATCH: Grant Shapps: "It is important for ministers to separate different parts of their life"

2pm ConHomeUSA: Today's top Republican and American political news

2pm Felix Bungay on Comment: Abolishing the 50p tax rate doesn’t have to be politically toxic

Screen shot 2011-10-16 at 14.09.4211.15am WATCH: Hague: Britain will support stabilising the €urozone, but this doesn't mean the UK will be involved in further bail outs

ToryDiary: Osborne eyes £500 million "boob tax" on cosmetic surgery industry

Columnist Ruth Lea: As growth falters, realism creeps into the green energy debate

Lord Flight on Comment: Britain's economic fortunes may not be restored unless we have a major renegotiation of our EU membership

Local government: Council pension funds attack Murdoch

WATCH: George Osborne says resolution of the €urozone crisis is the best way of boosting the UK economy

Labour lead just 2% and 3% suggesting no damage from a week of foxhuntingYouGov | ComRes

Screen shot 2011-10-16 at 08.07.35Friends of Liam Fox now saying that Fox was pushed by Cameron and OsborneSunday Express

  • Donors to Fox "furious" that their money was used to fund Werrity's "lavish lifestyle" – Sunday Telegraph
  • "Jon Moulton, the venture capitalist who has given more than £400,000 to the party, said he had been misled by the MP about money he gave to a company, Pargav, which was used to fund the trips of Fox’s self-styled adviser, Adam Werritty." – The Sunday Times (£)
  • Adam Werritty, the man at the centre of the Liam Fox cash-for-access scandal, has been involved in an audacious plot to topple Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad – Independent on Sunday
  • Labour MP asks City of London police to investigate whether Adam Werrity's business cards amounted to fraud – BBC
  • The Electoral Commission is expected to launch an investigation this week into Liam Fox's alleged failure to declare political donations – Independent on Sunday
  • Labour and Lib Dem politicians have stepped up demands for the PM to explain ministers' involvement with Atlantic Bridge – Observer
  • The murky revelations about the defence secretary represent a failure of the civil service and No 10’s competence – The Sunday Times leader (£)
  • The way the Prime Minister handled the Liam Fox business suggests a man confident of his authority – John Rentoul in the Independent on Sunday
  • Too many top Tories share Dr Fox's taste for the jet set life – Andrew Rawnsley in The Observer
  • The Downing Street view of Dr Fox was that the former defence secretary was an “honest man who has been naive” – The Sunday Telegraph

David Cameron has chosen the right man to succeed Liam Fox at the Ministry of DefenceSunday Telegraph leader | Sunday Express

Nonetheless reports The Sunday Telegraph: "The loss of Dr Fox is in many ways a severe blow. He departs with a wealth of knowledge which will take many years to replace. He swept into the MoD in a whirlwind of reform, unafraid to make enemies and rightly describing the department as “dysfunctional”."

Martin Ivens: Lansley, not Fox should be worrying Cameron


"Fox may have failed to distinguish between public and private business but Lansley has messed up an entire flagship policy. His health bill limped through the Lords last week to the catcalls of the medical establishment. The benefit of a prolonged “pause” in which to sell its merits seems to have been wasted. For a man who is so courteous in public, Lansley has a puzzling ability to get up the noses of professionals." – Martin Ivens in The Sunday Times (£)

Tim Montgomerie: After Fox, the Right must broaden

"The Thatcherite wing of the party has been marginalised because it only talks about tax, crime, Europe and immigration. Secure in their safe seats, many of the leading Right-wing MPs haven’t learnt what the younger generation have from years of doorstep campaigning: that voters are just as interested in the NHS as crime; that they both support the traditional family and respect gay people; that they are sympathetic both to controlling immigration and fighting world hunger." – Tim Montgomerie in The Sunday Telegraph

Benedict Brogan: The leaderless Right


"Dr Fox’s departure also leaves the Conservative Party in Parliament with a paradox. It is arguably more Right-wing than it has been for years, yet there is no one from its Thatcherite wing strong or credible enough to challenge the softer, One Nation leadership of Mr Cameron. William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith, David Davis and now Dr Fox have all had their chance, only for circumstance or their own mistakes to bring them down." – Benedict Brogan in The Telegraph

  • Team Cameron expect Davis and Fox to neutralise each other on the backbenches – James Forsyth in the Mail on Sunday
  • Cameron should promote according to competence, not ideology – Matthew d'Ancona in The Sunday Telegraph
  • John Redwood on the very different groups of "right-wingers" – John Redwood

CameronUKPM will order Tory MPs to vote against backbench motion on In/Out referendumMail on Sunday

  • The Sunday Telegraph has details of massive waste and mismanagement in the European Regional Development Fund
  • John Redwood yesterday warned the Prime Minister that his Cabinet was now too pro-Europe – Sunday Express

Chancellor George Osborne's "Boob Tax" will raise up to £500 million a year by slapping VAT on the £2.3 billion cosmetic surgery industryMail on Sunday

  • Item Club downgrades growth forecast to 0.9% and urges emergency tax breaks – Observer
  • Inflation of 5% could add £5 billion to borrowing – The Sunday Times (£)

MAY-THERESAA killer and a rapist have used human rights laws to avoid being deported from Britain for their crimesThe Sunday Telegraph

'House swap' plan to help the unemployed uproot in search of workObserver

After four top civil servants quit his department, Michael Gove faces allegations of sidelining officials and instead relying on sympathetic advisers – The Sunday Times (£)

  • Nick Gibb reveals that only 3% of allegations made against teachers lead to caution or conviction – Mail on Sunday

Free parenting classes to be offered to 50,000 with children under fiveBBC

Cabinet split on maternity rights

"George Osborne, Eric Pickles and Steve Hilton, Cameron’s strategic adviser, want to scale back the family-friendly pledges amid fears that they will impede business and harm growth. But the prime minister will this week face a furious cabinet row as ministers, including Nick Clegg, Oliver Letwin, Theresa May and Michael Gove, warn that this could harm efforts to reach women voters." – The Sunday Times (£)

  • Lynne Featherstone MP says Steve Hilton should be "scrapped" if he keeps recommending an end to maternity rights – Observer

Green-imageCameron’s pledge to make his the “greenest government ever” could be dealt a hammer blow by the collapse of a £1 billion flagship clean energy project in ScotlandThe Sunday Times (£)

Ed Miliband demands today that energy giants use some of their massive profits to slash record power bills this winterSunday Mirror | Independent on Sunday

Support for Scottish independence is growing and the unionist parties are clueless in responseIndependent on Sunday

Olympics security will cost £1 billionSunday Express

Following a vote last week, ministers have been given permission to bring their iPads to the dispatch box in parliamentThe Sunday Times (£)

Organisers said rallies againts cuts and corporate greed had taken place in 82 countries and reached as far afield as Hong Kong and SydneySunday Times (£)

Relations between families that have been disrupted by prosperity – Janet Daley in The Sunday Telegraph

The Press Complaints Commission must remain as a bulwark against state regulation. It would be profoundly undemocratic to disband it – Christopher Meyer in The Sunday Times (£)

And finally… George Osborne’s wife to publish 'upstairs, downstairs’ novel about a maid in MayfairThe Sunday Telegraph


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