3.30pm Peter Bone MP on Comment: Redefining marriage threatens the liberties of Christians, teachers and parents

Boris pictured below with his nine campaign pledges.

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12.30pm WATCH: Boris sets out three priorities for the Budget

Noon Dave Skelton on Comment: In many working class communities, football is all that is left. It’s time for radical reform to restore optimism to deprived areas.

ToryDiary: Cameron needs to focus on implementation and growth

Columnist Nadine Dorries MP: I'd rather have a Labour government than give a Lords, elected by PR, to the Liberal Democrats

KAMALL SYEDSyed Kamall MEP on Comment: The Financial Transaction Tax is a tax on London

MPsETC: Rupert Matthews condemns Roger Helmer MEP's betrayal

Local government: Richmondshire Conservatives condemn Council Tax rise


Millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money is still being paid to groups linked to Islamist extremism, more than a year after David Cameron vowed to outlaw the practice – Andrew Gilligan in The Sunday Telegraph

William Hague "loses his legendary cool" in meeting with MPs from Conservative Friends of Israel

Screen Shot 2012-03-04 at 08.29.05"Tory elder statesman James Arbuthnot told Mr Hague that he should be ‘more constructive’ and not ‘alienate’ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – whose supporters reacted angrily last year when the Foreign Secretary called him ‘belligerent’. Mr Hague refused to apologise for his stance on Israel, reportedly saying: ‘Israel has too many enemies and that is an awful strategic hole to be in.’" – Mail on Sunday

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, says the Coalition's proposals to allow same-sex unions are “madness” and a “grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right”The Sunday Telegraph

"If marriage can be redefined so that it no longer means a man and a woman but two men or two women, why stop there? Why not allow three men or a woman and two men to constitute a marriage, if they pledge their fidelity to one another? If marriage is simply about adults who love each other, on what basis can three adults who love each other be prevented from marrying?" – Keith O'Brien in The Sunday Telegraph

Cameron tells Tory activists that he refuses to 'play it safe'Independent on Sunday

Steve Hilton decided to quit after concluding the government had “run out of steam”Sunday Times (£)

"David Cameron’s strategy chief quit Downing Street after becoming “increasingly frustrated” by the slow progress of the battle against red tape and the endless meddling of Europe in British politics, friends said this weekend" – The Sunday Telegraph

The Mail on Sunday reports that Cameron's refusal to give Steve Hilton more power over civil servants was last straw.

Rawnsley AndrewAndrew Rawnsley also claims that Hilton is leaving because of frustrations with his own party's lack of radicalism – Observer

  • The Independent on Sunday fears Cameron will be less green without Steve Hilton
  • David Cameron pledges to continue radical programme despite losing aide – Observer
  • John Rentoul in the Independent on Sunday says the government will be better without Steve Hilton's uncompromising, unsteady interventions
  • George Osborne – "part-time Chancellor and full-time pragmatist" – is big winner from Steve Hilton's departure – Iain Martin in The Sunday Telegraph

TAX-TAKEVoters' top priority tax cut is petrol duty

  1. 34% want lower petrol tax
  2. 31% want higher income tax threshold
  3. 23% lower VAT
  4. 3% want 50p tax abolished
  5. 2% want a cut in corporation tax

More via YouGov for The Sunday Times.

George Osborne has £10 billion of wiggle room – The Sunday Telegraph

  • It is not too late for a Tory tax revolution – Janet Daley in The Sunday Telegraph hopes the Tories may yet educate the public as to the stimulatory benefits of lower taxes
  • In the Mail on Sunday James Forsyth looks at the Chancellor's options on defusing the child benefit bomb for 40p taxpayers

50P"The Liberal Democrats are ready to scrap the 50p top rate of tax in return for a new tariff on expensive homes. Nick Clegg, the party leader, has told the chancellor that he is willing to negotiate over the controversial higher rate despite a potential backlash from Lib Dem activists and members."The Sunday Times (£)

  • "Slashing the 50p rate would show that Cameron and Osborne have a spark of revolutionary spirit still within them" – Martin Ivens in The Sunday Times (£)

Michael Fallon moves to prevent Hector Sants's appointment as head of FSA successor bodyThe Sunday Herald

70 British business leaders and groups call for expansion of HeathrowThe Sunday Telegraph

Two ideas from the Sunday leader-writers:

  • Britain needs to shape an industrial strategy to address the sharpest decline in manufacturing of any advanced economy over the past 30 years – Observer editorial
  • We need action, not words, to undo red tape – The Sunday Telegraph says regulations are stifling enterprise and will drive jobs out of Britain

Lansley's Social Care plans are postponed amid fears Health Secretary's latest plan could create new political problemsObserver

The PM is ready to press ahead with plans to introduce minimum pricing in an attempt to stamp out binge drinkingSun on Sunday

Clegg, Lansley and Gove all oppose Cameron's plans for minimum alcohol price – Mail on Sunday

  • We need to know why spending billions on tackling health inequalities did not work before we spend even more doing the same – John Redwood

Stalking is to be made a criminal offence amid concerns that existing harassment laws are failing to protect victims The Sunday Times (£)

Hunt Jeremy red tieCulture Secretary Jeremy Hunt is mentioned as a future leader of the Conservative Party – but, for now, delivering a superb Olympics tops his list of prioritiesSunday Telegraph interview

How Andy Coulson misled the Mail on Sunday about Cameron and THAT police horseMail on Sunday

The Coalition increasingly resembles a "Costa Discordia" – Kirsty Buchanan in the Sunday Express

The SNP will begin 'Yes' campaign after May's local electionsBBC

  • SNP calculate that 'keeping the Queen' as independent Scotland's head of state may give them victory – Scotland on Sunday

Report leaked to the Labour Party suggests charity sector is facing local and national government funding cuts of between £1bn and £5.5bnBBC

It is a real worry that the Government has moved from a conditions-led to calendar-driven withdrawal strategy from Afghanistan – Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy in the Independent on Sunday

  • Soldiers going without one meal-a-day because they don't have enough money – Sunday Express

'They only rioted because they had lost hope': Ex-Labour minister Margaret Hodge under fire after excusing 'legitimate causes' for troubleMail on Sunday

And finally… Cameron and Boris take tube to launch Boris Johnson's campaignMail on Sunday

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Read Boris Johnson's Nine Point Plan for London.

Nick Cohen in The Observer: Livingstone's tax affairs are another reason to doubt his integrity


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