6pm Columnist Bruce Anderson offers eight lessons from yesterday's EU debate

5pm: Today's teatime newslinks – the day after the EU referendum debate  

4.30pm ToryDiary: The Conservative Party is as divided on Europe as it ever was… and a referendum is the only way to achieve closure

2.45pm WATCH: David Cameron: There is no "bad blood, rancour, bitterness" towards the rebels

Screen shot 2011-10-25 at 13.40.581.45pm MPsETC: Gove says he "respected the passion" from backbenchers, stressing consensus in the Tory party over the EU

12.45pm WATCH: Michael Gove: "We need to make sure the Conservative party is in a strong position to take back powers from Europe"

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11.45 am WATCH:

ToryDiary: Trust in Cameron on Europe is breaking down. He should bring in the '22 to repair it

Lee Rotherham on Comment: David Cameron should call for a review into our current terms of EU membership

MPsETC: The 81 Conservative MPs who voted for a referendum

Local Government: GCSE results at academies improve at twice the rate of other maintained schools

81 Tory MPs rebel against the Government and vote in favour of an EU referendum

Debeu"David Cameron’s political authority suffered a significant blow last night when 81 MPs — almost half his backbenchers — defied a personal plea to reject the holding of a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union. Mr Cameron’s attempt to impose a three-line whip to force his MPs to reject the motion, even though it had no legal force, resulted in two ministerial aides quitting their posts and hordes of 2010 intake MPs defying the leadership. This makes it the largest-ever Tory rebellion over Europe, beating the 41 rebels who defied John Major in 1993. It is a dismal result for Mr Cameron, whose decision to bring forward the vote so that he would be in the country, appears to have backfired, with more Conservatives joining the rebellion after he changed the date" - Times (£)

  • How MPs voted - Telegraph
  • What impact will the motion have on the Tories? - Telegraph
  • Cameron left damaged by Europe rebels - City A.M
  • Oliver Wright: 'PM misjudged strength of feeling in his own party' - Independent
  • Gideon Rachmann: Tory €urosceptics are living in the past, and ahead of their time - FT
  • Alex Massie: 'The rebels and government agree: There will be an EU referendum' - Spectator

> Yesterday's

Mutiny on Europe was worse than any faced by Heath, Thatcher or Major. Bewilderment at why Cameron allowed it to go this far 

Deb"It was a worse mutiny on Europe than any suffered by Ted Heath, Margaret Thatcher or John Major, and came after Mr Cameron told his MPs that they might have to wait years before Britain claws back powers from Brussels. The result will lead to a major post-mortem in Downing Street over how Mr Cameron came to suffer such a grievous self-inflicted wound. Colleagues are bewildered as to why the Prime Minister decided to put himself at the centre of a row with backbenchers over a symbolically important but ultimately meaningless vote which he was originally due to miss" - Daily Mail

  • Melissa Kite: 'The EU referendum fiasco shows that cack-handed Cameron has truly lost control' - Daily Mail

Cambusters: Worryingly many MPs fought Cameron on grounds of being deselected by associations in upcoming boundary changes

"Worse for the PM, it has emerged that a large proportion of the rebel MPs acted because they were terrified of getting deselected by their hardline associations in the upcoming boundary changes. So the battle lines are now drawn — it's the Premier versus his party. And what a bloody, long and bitter fight it's now shaping up to be"- Sun

Cameron orders the sacking of Stewart Jackson, whilst Adam Holloway resigns 

Jackson"The prime minister ordered the sacking of one parliamentary private secretary, Stewart Jackson, after he spoke against the government. Adam Holloway, PPS to the Europe minister David Lidington, stood down after he too announced that he would vote in favour of the referendum. Jackson, who was PPS to the Northern Ireland secretary Owen Paterson, accused the government of a "catastrophic mismanagement" after imposing a three-line whip on a motion that was drawn from a petition signed by more than 100,000 members of the public" - Guardian


Nick Wood: Backbenchers, including many from the 2010 intake, reject Cameron's personal appeal to them 

Mail"Backed by his henchmen, the Prime Minister had imposed a three-line whip on his party, the strongest possible instruction to his MPs to fall into line behind his leadership. But in an act of outright mutiny, more than a third of his backbenchers, many of them new MPs, rejected his personal appeal to them to ignore the mounting public pressure for a popular vote on Britain's relationship with the EU" - Daily Mail

White, male and no prospect of ministerial office – the reason why some MPs rebelled says James Kirkup

"Newly-elected MPs are supposed to be the most pliable: they have their careers ahead of them, and the most to lose from revolt. Yet more than a few of the rebels were elected only last year. Some rebelled out of conviction, some from fear of their local Conservative associations. But some did so because they believe that because they are male and white and not socially connected to Mr Cameron’s rather cliquey leadership, they have no prospects of ministerial office. So far, little in the leadership’s response to the rebellion has questioned that belief" - Telegraph

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Why as few as three male backbenchers may become Ministers at the next reshuffle

Big change in governing style is needed, says Tim Montgomerie before the Tory party gets a reputation for disunity

"After this evening Cameron needs to relaunch his whole style of governing. We are only 18 months into the parliament but problems that normally characterise senile governments are already evident. If he does not reconcile with the unhappy squad on his backbenches, the next few years will get a lot unhappier. Ed Miliband may not look like a prime minister in waiting, but Tory strategists are in danger of gambling too many chips on the Labour leader's weaknesses. Voters hate divided parties but the Conservative party is in serious danger of getting a reputation for disunity again. Add in the prospect of many years of declining incomes for many families and you have a dangerous political recipe" - Guardian

Cameron needs to "wake up and change his ways" says Allister Heath as the floodgates for revolt have been opened

"The Prime Minister’s response will be to punish and freeze out the dissidents. That is how he has operated in the past. But while there had already been smaller revolts, yesterday’s will open the floodgates. What will happen if the economy flatlines for the next couple of quarters, or even longer? What will happen if Labour’s poll lead grows? Panic will set in, and rebellions will become a way of life for the Tory party. Cameron needs to wake up and change his ways" - City A.M

Simon Heffer: To Sarkozy, the issues with the €uro are a "matter of private grief", and it hurts to have Cameron say 'I told you so' 

Heffer_simon"The British prime minister’s request for the ten non-euro members to participate was perfectly reasonable, given the awesome effects that the collapse of the euro could have on the British economy. Mr Sarkozy, however, doesn’t see it that way. He is a man who in recent weeks has suffered a succession of terrible political blows.  His own sense of failure is mounting and his reputation is diminishing. A Napoleon complex runs deep in this diminutive Frenchman whose instinctive reflex is to take out his foul temper on someone more fortunate. To him, the increasingly acrimonious discussions over the euro are a matter of private grief, and that’s how he’d like it to stay. To have the spectacle of Mr Cameron, as the leader of the main non-euro economy in the EU, sitting opposite him at summit meetings saying, with much justification, ‘I told you so’ is a real challenge to his sang froid" - Daily Mail

  • Richard Waghorne: 'Is Sarkozy cracking up? There is enough reason to start wondering' - Daily Mail

Dominic Grieve says Britain should be able to defy European Court of Human Rights 

Grieve_dominic_nw"British courts and Parliament should have greater freedom to decide social policy issues, such as prisoners’ voting rights, Dominic Grieve, QC, the Attorney-General, said. He insisted that UK courts should have a right to dispute rulings of the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). “If the current system is not working, we could positively provide for a right of rebuttal,” he said. That would allow the UK Supreme Court to say to the ECHR that it had misunderstood national law or the impact of its decisions on the UK legal system, he told lawyers. The robust intervention of the Attorney-General at a lecture last night at Lincoln’s Inn, Central London, is the latest to fuel debate about the role of the human rights court" - Times (£)

Politicians must persuade ordinary families that they are fighting for them, says Lord Ashcroft 

"The Government argues, rightly, that controlling the deficit is a prerequisite for a sustainable recovery. But many feel that it is pursuing deficit reduction at the expense of job creation, rather than as a means to it. The Tories are thought to have the best approach on debt – but the voters they need to win over are less certain there are policies for growth" - Telegraph

Gove's promises are undermined, say teacher after report warns of biggest ever spending cuts to hit nursery schools

"The budget for renovating school buildings would fall by more than half in real terms over the next four years, while universities would see their funding cut by 40 per cent. However, the most severe impact on children’s education would be in nurseries and playgroups, as “early years” education funding is reduced by a fifth, the IFS warned. Teachers said the report undermined promises from Michael Gove, the Education Secretary, to protect the education budget from cuts. However, the Government stressed that it had been forced to make “tough decisions” and blamed Labour’s inefficiency for wasting money over the past decade" - Telegraph

City of London and Westminster MP, Mark Field describes St. Paul's anti-capitalist camp as "a third world shanty town" 

Field"Mr Field said: 'I understand why they are doing it outside St Paul's, but it is a Unesco World Heritage Site and it is wrong that there is this semi-permanent campsite outside this tourist attraction. It looks like a third world shanty town. I have been out to places like India were they have them cheek by jowl with gleaming new buildings – it looks just like that. I think one of the reasons the authorities are pushing to get rid of it is because we have Remembrance Sunday and the Lord Mayor's Show coming up in three weeks. I respect the right to protest. The weekend before last there was a big demonstration and I think it's right that things like that can go ahead'" - Daily Mail

  • Only 1 in 10 St. Paul's protestors are sleeping there over night - Telegraph

> Yesterday Columnist Bruce Anderson: A generation which allows St Paul's to be scorned is a generation which has forfeited the right to call itself British

Report into the UK riots suggests the rioters were poor and uneducated, but contradicts claims by Cabinet ministers about the role of street gangs 

Ind"The findings contradict cabinet ministers' claims that the unrest in London and other English cities was fuelled by an aggressive gang culture, showing that the vast majority of looters acted alone. Last night the Government was warned that society was storing up future problems by ignoring the growing number of disaffected young people growing up in poverty in the inner cities. The analysis by the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) suggested that many of the looters were caught in a cycle of deprivation, poor educational attainment, unemployment and criminality. More than a third (35 per cent) of adult rioters appearing in court were living on benefits – three times the proportion nationally" - Independent

Tories in Scotland demand the full details of Alex Salmond's trip to the Gulf next week Scotsman

A Coventry Tory councillor is disciplined, and could face suspension for sending 103 tweets during the course of a meeting Daily Mail


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