7.45pm ToryDiary: Tax breaks for childcare is a bad idea

5pm Reactions to the Bank of England's latest round of quantitative easing lead our teatime newslinks

Karen Lumley4pm John Glen MP and Karen Lumley MP on Platform: "The world now needs to stand up for what is right and use all diplomatic power at its disposal to restore democracy and order in a country which is now facing a very bloody and uncertain period." The coup d’etat in the Maldives must be stopped

3pm WATCH: Is Farage's UKIP a one-man band?

Noon ConHomeUSA newslinks: Obama under attack from all sides over contraception decision

11.15am Lord Risby on Comment: Grain, gas, and troubles with corruption – the future of the Ukraine

10.45am Local Government: Ken Livingstone has form when it comes to homophobia

ToryDiary: This autumn's wonderful, wild and wacky world of Police Commissioner and City Mayoral elections

Columnist Andrew Lilico: Smacking is the partner of cuddling, kissing, and rough-and-tumble

Lord Ashcroft on Comment: James Harding is a victim of The Times' Legal Manager's serial dishonesty

Also on Comment: John Glen MP – Lord Bates's three thousand mile walk from Greece to London

Local Government:

WATCH: Guido Fawkes to Leveson: I'm Irish – so get lost

Baltic-bound Cameron has women on his mind

David Cameron and women PPCs
"David Cameron warned that the UK’s inability to exploit women’s full potential as entrepreneurs was “failing our whole economy”…Government figures suggested that Britain’s slow progress was costing the economy more than £40 billion in lost potential each year, roughly equal to the defence budget. Mr Cameron said the Nordic-Baltic Summit would generate ideas for how Britain can “help women become entrepreneurs and take up leading positions in business”. – Daily Telegraph

Prime Minister flies to Stockholm to strengthen alliance – Financial Times (£)

Lansley agony sparks reshuffle rumours…

GRANT HELEN"Those from the new intake regarded highly by Downing Street include Helen Grant, a lawyer, Nicky Morgan, an aide to David Willetts, the universities minister, Nick Boles, the former director of the Policy Exchange think-tank, Matthew Hancock, a former aide to George Osborne, and Sajid Javid, the Chancellor’s parliamentary aide. The Home Office and Department for Justice are among departments whose ministers are vulnerable." – The Times (£)

…But that old health bill keeps rolling along…

"Liberal Democrats, including Baroness Williams, are in no mood to abandon the bill, even though many health professionals – at one time reconciled to the bill – have now defected…It is understood that Lansley put in angry performance at cabinet this week defending his reforms, saying they were in line with government public services reform. He has been infuriated by leaks form Downing Street blaming him for mis-selling the reforms." – The Guardian

…Or does it? Government defeated on NHS bill in LordsDaily Mail

  • Run the NHS better or scrap it – but give up reforming it – Steve Richards, The Independent

Cameron urged to resist Cable in dispute over university fair access tsar

Rob Wilson"Conservative MP Rob Wilson, parliamentary aide to Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, said overruling the select committee would undermine the principle of pre-appointment hearings by MPs….Former Tory education spokesman James Clappison added: ‘I am very concerned about some of the things Professor Ebdon has said in the past. There is wide disquiet about his appointment on the Conservative benches.’ " – Daily Mail

Vince's wrong choice – Daily Mail Comment

Business Secretary's department has undershot a Government pledge to help small businessThe Sun

  • LibDem news 1:  New group launches in protest against Tory-led coalition – The Guardian
  • LibDem news 2:  Boundary changes could leave Lib Dems with 11 seats – The Independent
  • LibDem news 3:  It's curtains for Teather if she speaks out again, says Number 10 – The Sun

Prime Minister wants deal with Jordan over Qatada…

"David Cameron has ramped up diplomatic advances to Jordan in an effort to negotiate the deportation of Abu Qatada, the radical Islamist preacher, after coming under increasing pressure from MPs anxious about the cleric’s impending release on bail.  Downing Street officials said the prime minister would speak to King Abdullah of Jordan by telephone before a visit by James Brokenshire, a home office minister, to Amman next week to discuss the extradition." – Financial Times (£)

…And Tory MPs want silence from Clarke on Qatada

Screen shot 2012-02-09 at 08.26.59Yesterday, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Clarke tried to deflect criticism away from the European Court, insisting that Qatada had not been accused of comitting a crime and it was British judges who ordered his release. He said: “I don’t think it has anything to do with the European Court, it is a question of how long you can detain someone who is not accused of committing a crime and no body intends to charge him with anything.” Robert Halfon, Tory MP for Harlow, [said] : “I disagree with him." – Daily Telegraph

  • Dominic Raab and other Tory MPs pile on pressure over terror case – Daily Express
  • Qatada must never be free to walk our streets – Daily Express Comment
  • Call Strasbourg’s bluff: send Qatada home – Camilla Cavendish, The Times (£)
  • "Consider this: there is nothing on this earth more British than the instinct to stand up for the underdog or the pariah, however unpopular or unattractive he or she might be. And there is no institution – not even the MCC or the Lawn Tennis Association – more British than the European Court of Human Rights." – Peter Oborne, Daily Telegraph

Tory fury over Livingstone claims that the Conservatives were "riddled with homosexuals" and that Baroness Thatcher was "clinically insane"

"Outraged Conservative MPs have demanded an apology today after former London mayor Ken Livingstone claimed the party was 'riddled' with homosexuals and branded Baroness Margaret Thatcher 'clinically insane'. The Labour candidate for this year's London mayoral elections argued that Conservative MPs were hypocritically denouncing homosexuality while secretly 'indulging' themselves." – Daily Mail

  • The Oxford Lefties too mean-spirited to give up their vendetta against Maggie – Stephen Glover, Daily Mail

Job cuts "could leave MoD lacking the staff it needs to run itself"The Guardian

Falklands hero’s bid to be cop chief in South WalesThe Sun

MPs face squeeze on pay and pensionsThe Times (£)

Disarray over UUP-DUP talksNewsletter

And finally…Blair blasted at Twitter's online dispatch box

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"The invitation to fire questions at Tony Blair via Twitter was intended to honour Interfaith Harmony Week. There was little concord, however, as the "AskTony" tech event was hijacked by hostile inquiries." – The Independent


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