4pm ToryDiary: Andrew Lansley goes on the attack and accuses Labour of planning £30 billion of cuts to NHS

2.45pm Columnist Anthony Browne: Reformers should be glad that Jeremy Heywood will be the new Cabinet Secretary

2.15pm TalkingPoints: Cameron Commission member says MPs should help select our next ECHR judge

1.45pm WATCH: Lord Owen: The House of Lords is not trying to block Government health reforms

Noon ConHomeUSA: Today's top Republican and American political news

10am WATCH: Fox's statement to the Commons about his relationship with Adam Werritty in full

ToryDiary: Werritty may have gone to ground, but the Fleet Street Fox hunt carries on

Stephan Shakespeare on our Columnists' page: Mean Reversion, or how 2015 defines 2012

Barwell-new Gavin Barwell MP on Comment: Yes, we must control immigration. But it brings benefits as well as problems

Also on Comment: Andrew Boff – The removal of the clauses from the Localism Bill, allowing local people to originate policy, is a victory for the political class, not the public

The Right 100: Samantha Cameron

MPsETC: Amber Rudd's pragmatic manifesto for "The Forty"

Local Government: 


Ministry of Defence discloses Fox met Werritty 40 times since taking up office, 18 times overseas 

Fox "An interim inquiry into the Conservative minister’s conduct concluded that Dr Fox had acted “inappropriately” by allowing Mr Werritty to meet senior officials in the Ministry of Defence and ordering officials to give his friend sensitive details about his ministerial travel.  The investigation showed that Dr Fox’s former flatmate visited the MoD’s secure headquarters 22 times in 16 months. The Defence Secretary had previously told MPs about 14 visits. He also met Dr Fox overseas on 18 separate occasions, most of them official government visits. Since taking office, Dr Fox has travelled abroad 48 times" - Telegraph

Cameron gives Fox strong but conditional support as he takes charge of the inquiry 

Camfox "David Cameron continued to give Fox strong, if conditional, support on Monday by describing him as an excellent defence secretary. But in an ominous development O'Donnell, the cabinet secretary, took overall charge of the second stage of the Brennan inquiry. Downing Street had not known that Fox was going to set up the first inquiry and now wants to take charge of the investigation. It is expected to be completed within seven days. In a statement accompanying the interim report No 10 said: "It is clear, as Liam Fox himself said , that serious mistakes were made in allowing the distinction between professional responsibilities and personal loyalties to be blurred – and this has clearly raised concerns about impropriety and potential conflicts of interest" - Guardian

Both Cameron and Milband need to show they can handle the major political events, and not to take part in "pygmy politics" with the issue of Fox, says Mary Riddell 

"Such momentous times demand politicians who can be both masters of the universe and servants of the people. Instead, we are witnessing a re-run of the pygmy politics that brought the system into disrepute and convinced the public that the governing classes are dominated by self-serving figures neglectful of the public good. As the eurozone crisis intensifies, Mr Cameron urges other EU leaders “to take a big bazooka” to their problems. Meanwhile, the dominant story back home is whether the PM might, even now, take a big bazooka to his Defence Secretary" - Telegraph

Other Fox news and comment:

  • Fox's meetings with Werritty in full - Telegraph
  • 'Diary shows Werrity was never far away' - Times (£)
  • James Kirkup: 'Dr Fox and friends in high places' – why politicians blur the lines of friendship - Telegraph
  • The Atlantic Bridge, set up by Fox in 1997 is "wound-up" by Charity Commission who says it has not charitable benefit - Times (£)
  • Quentin Letts: 'My, what a greasy world Defence has become' - Daily Mail
  • Daniel Knowles: 'After Fox's statement, every hack in Westminster will be chasing Adam Werritty' - Telegraph
  • Paul Goodman: 'Fox misjudged modern politics – but I hope he stays' - Guardian
  • Fox's position as leader of the Tory traditionalists will protect him for now, says Rachel Sylvester - Times (£)

> Yesterday:

Continuity, rather than ministerial change in the Coalition, means the Government works better, says Steve Richards 

Screen shot 2011-10-11 at 07.40.25 "Cameron faces different constraints. A coalition makes ministerial change far less attractive and on the whole he has most of the media on board without having to work quite so hard at pleasing them. Nonetheless it is a quality of his leadership that he tends to stand by ministers until the evidence is overwhelming. The advantages of ministerial continuity are immense. Above all, ministers need time to acquire an authority within their department. Senior civil servants tend to regard their departments as personal fiefdoms visited fleetingly by precarious cabinet ministers. The officials are there for much longer, and security of tenure gives them a power that mere elected ministers can only dream of" - Independent

Prime Minister to introduce measures for internet users to "opt-in" to view sexually explicit content 

Mail "Subscribers to four of the UK's biggest internet service providers will have to "opt in" if they want to view sexually explicit websites, as part of government-sponsored curbs on online pornography. The measures will be unveiled on Tuesday as David Cameron hosts No 10 meeting with the Mothers' Union, which earlier this year produced a raft of proposals to shield children from sexualised imagery. The prime minister is expected to announce other moves in line with the Christian charity's review, such as restrictions on aggressive advertising campaigns and certain types of images on billboards" - Guardian

Cameron will launch a new website, Parentport, allowing parents to complain about TV programmes, advertisments, products and services inappropriate for children Daily Mail

Today, Prime Minister will urge companies to do more to get women into senior positions

"David Cameron will personally write to firms warning that their lack of action will not be tolerated by the Government. He will single out the bosses of FTSE 350 companies which have so far failed to set out plans for increasing the numbers of female workers in boardrooms. In February, the Government set voluntary quotas for business leaders and called for them to more than double the number by 2015" - Daily Mail

60 leading medical professionals write to the Lords, demanding that the government either scrap or rewrite Lansley's health reforms 

Lansley "It is perfectly clear – as the Prime Minister is acutely aware – that the British public does not support the privatisation of the NHS, and it is a matter of fact that no one ever voted for it, and so this current Bill has no democratic mandate whatsoever," they write. They call for the "suspension of, or significant amendment of, the Bill in order that it can be supported by a majority of the medical profession and the British public as a whole, who pay for, support and service our great NHS". The signatories add: "No one is against reform and change, but the NHS is too important and valuable to our society to be transformed forever in this unpopular, undemocratic way." - Independent

"The strongest statement yet?" Medical royal colleges amongst those demanding "substantial changes"Telegraph

Lansley will announce plans to bail out several NHS trusts in financial difficulty

"The Department of Health has been warned that patient care in many areas will suffer unless ministers intervene. The trusts which need help include Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals; Surrey and Sussex Healthcare; Trafford Healthcare and North Cumbria University. Hospitals with “cash flow shortages” and “high levels of debt” will qualify for government bail-outs. Last night, Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, said: “Labour left some parts of the NHS with a dismal legacy of private finance intitiative bills and hidden bail-outs, and made them rely on unworkable plans for the future.” - Telegraph

Philip Stephens on the sleepless nights, caused by the "homemade NHS calamity" for Cameron FT (£)

To pass UK citizenship test, immigrants will have to answer questions on British history

"The so-called Citizenship Test will now include questions on topics such as Winston Churchill, the Magna Carta and the English Civil War for the first time in six years, while questions on the EU and migrant worker rights will be binned. It came as the Prime Minister urged the public to “shop an illegal immigrant” by alerting Crimestoppers to those they suspect of being in the country unlawfully. He said it was time to “reclaim our borders and send illegal immigrants home” - Telegraph

"Just shop the illegal migrants, says PM"  Sun

Screen shot 2011-10-10 at 18.20.41 > Yesterday:

Telegraph editorial worries about the "dangerous populism" of "shopping" immigrants, but says Cameron's other immigration proposals are steps in the right direction Telegraph

Philip Johnston says political point scoring should not allow the real debate about the Human Rights Act be derailed 

May "Ministers from two different parties are agreed that the convention has thwarted the legitimate efforts of the state to implement the laws passed by Parliament. By any standards, that is a serious matter which must be addressed: yet Labour refused to and the Tories say their Coalition partners won’t let them. Surely, the lesson learnt with welfare is that a failure to deal with these problems when they arise is to invite calamity in the long run. The cat is irrelevant" - Telegraph

Former Tory treasurer Lord Hesketh, quits the Tories to join UKIP Daily Mail

Lord Hesketh tells Simon Heffer why he's left the Conservative party

"I’ve left for a number of reasons,’ he tells me in his West London home. A key factor is his strong belief that Europe has betrayed this country’s working people. 'An awful lot who lost their jobs did not see the connection with our membership of Europe. This applies to many working-class people to whom the Labour Party said Europe was a good thing. They were fooled — but now recognise that their quality of life is on a steadily declining track unless our relationship with Europe gets sorted out" - Daily Mail

Osborne and the Treasury come under attack for their hostility towards green policies Guardian

Report set to give go-ahead for nuclear reactorsFinancial Times (£)

Universal Credit not enough to prevent a decade of rising povertyPolitics Home (£)

Family of murdered Belfast solicitor, Pat Finucane, set to have talks with Cameron in Downing Street BBC

Manchester doesn't have a single Tory councillor, but local historian Ed Glinert, has devised a "Tory Manchester" tour of the city Manchester Evening News

And finally … TV shopping expert Mary Portas offers to restyle female Cabinet ministers, saying they are unattractive and horribly dressed Mirror


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