8pm Spencer Pitfield on Comment: The Conservative Policy Forum is helping to get ordinary members' views into the next manifesto
5.45pm ToryDiary: David Cameron tries to strike Olympic gold before heading off on holiday
- David Cameron: "This is what the athletes have asked for, delivered up to 2016"
- Ed Miliband: "Sport needs a 10-year plan"
12.15pm ToryDiary: The remarkable resilience of Andrew Lansley
Tobias Ellwood MP on Comment: We should recognise the unsung heroes of the Games with Olympics Community Service medals
Local Government: Councils pouring millions into coffers of Chartered Institute of Housing
Boris calls on the government to implement supply-side reforms — and more
From the Sunday Telegraph's interview with Boris Johnson, a full shopping list of policy requests:
- Supply-side reform. "'They need to go further,' Mr Johnson said of the Government. 'They need a series of supply-side reforms. London really can be the motor of our economic recovery.'"
- A new airport. "We need a new airport – whether it is in the Thames estuary or wherever, I don’t care. But we need to address that problem. An extra runway at Heathrow alone won’t do it – it would be full in a flash."
- More transport initiatives. "Mr Johnson also wants more river crossings in London, extra money to extend to tube lines and 'Crossrail II'. The first of these new underground railways running beneath London is set to be completed in 2017."
- New houses. “We need to build hundreds of thousands of new homes. If we invest in a huge building programme, put in a lot of public sector land, de-risk it for the developers and get the construction sector going again it will start to drive the economy.”
- Deregulation. "…the Mayor also insisted the Coalition must do more to make it easier for firms to hire and fire, especially for businesses with five workers or less."
But Boris also slaps down the idea that he might replace David Cameron as party leader: "No serious student of politics could possible think that would happen."
As the papers feature a couple of Boris-themed polls
- Lib Dem and Labour voters would be more likely to vote Tory if Boris was leader – YouGov for the Sun on Sunday
- Boris only increases the Conservatives' poll standing by one percentage point – ICM for the Sunday Telegraph
- ToryDiary: Here's how Boris becomes Tory leader before the next election
- WATCH: Sky News examines whether the Mayor of London can become PM
The Olympic Games draw to a close — and David Cameron wants them to shape our future
"The Prime Minister will declare: ‘As this extraordinary festival comes to an end, there can be no doubt: we not only delivered, we shone. Take all this – the attitude, the confidence – and you see what Britain is today. Sure of who we are and proud of who we are. … In short: not a country whose time has been, but whose time has come. Together, we in this country are going to make sure these aren’t just the Games that made history – but that help shape our future.’" – Mail on Sunday
Five more points from the Mail on Sunday's interview with Mr Cameron:
- Says Mr Cameron, "One of the best things is the wonderful welcome from all the volunteers in purple outfits. It’s what the Big Society is all about."
- "He believes the chants of ‘Team GB! Team GB!’ are a major blow to Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond’s plan to break away from the UK."
- His favourite Olympic memory is "seeing Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah winning golds in one night".
- Charlotte Dujardin's gold medal-winning perfomance in the dressage, to the strains of 'Land of Hope and Glory', made him cry.
- "'We are 17 or 18 golds ahead of France,' gloats the PM. 'The results speak for themselves.'"
He has also written an article on the Olympic legacy for the Sunday Times (£).
- "The daunting task for Cameron is to swim counter to that powerful current, and to explain, explicitly, that the work of his Coalition is, by its very nature, slow, demanding and sometimes painful – but that the trajectory is sound." – Matthew d'Ancona, Sunday Telegraph
- David Cameron must focus all his energies on the dire state of the economy – Iain Martin, Sunday Telegraph
Mr Cameron to appoint Seb Coe as his "Olympics legacy ambassador"
"Lord Coe will lead a new Olympics legacy unit in the Cabinet Office, next door to No 10. Mr Cameron will also vow to give elite athletes more than £500 million over the next four years. He has waived usual Whitehall spending curbs to extend their existing £40 million-a-year Treasury handout – currently limited to 2014 – to 2016. They will also continue to receive £87 million a year of National Lottery money." – Mail on Sunday
In other Olympics news:
- Theresa May wore a "lucky" pair of Union Jack trainers to help Mo Farah to gold – Mail on Sunday
- How the Olympic Park will be transformed following the Games – Mail on Sunday
And a selection of Olympics comment:
- Mevyn King's three Olympic lessons for our economy – Mervyn King, Mail on Sunday
- If you believe that Olympic glory makes a nation great, just remember the USSR – Peter Hitchens, Mail on Sunday
- "The BBC Olympic coverage of women, by women, for London 2012 has been nothing short of a game-changer." – Rachel Johnson, Mail on Sunday
> From yesterday, by Jeremy Hunt MP: London 2012 has been a magnificent success
George Osborne's parents are stuggling to sell their home, but have already bought another on the same road – Sunday Times (£)
Reshuffle rumours: Baroness Warsi to be replaced by either Chris Grayling or Michael Fallon
"Sources said expected to decision to move Lady Warsi away from the chairman’s job had little or nothing to do with the inquiries into her conduct, and were driven more strongly by Mr Cameron’s drive to boost the Right and have a chairman based in the Commons." – Sunday Telegraph
- "…one notes that there is much speculation about a cabinet reshuffle, although there is also much guidance that this will not involve the most obvious candidate for such a shuffle, namely the chancellor." – William Keegan, Observer
The Scottish Conservatives' "Friends of the Union" campaign has already amassed 10,000 supporters and a £100,000 war chest – Sunday Times (£)
Government planning three days of rememberance to mark the centenary of World War One
"But rather than dictating how the nation should mark the centenary of the 'war to end all wars', which claimed more than 16million lives, local projects will be at the heart of the plans. The details were revealed by Tory MP Andrew Murrison, the PM’s special representative on the commemorations. … He said: 'The beauty of what is emerging in Britain is that it is rising up from the grass roots.'" – Sun on Sunday
The President of the Royal College of Surgeons backs the government's plans to reconfigure emergency care – Mail on Sunday
Britain's millionaires are losing faith in the Coaltion, but they still have much less faith in Ed Miliband – Mail on Sunday
- Dominic Lawson sifts through the runners and riders to replace Mervyn King as Governor of the Bank of England – Sunday Times (£)
Vince Cable poised to cause trouble over Sunday trading rules
"‘Yes it looks bad right now,’ says a source close to the PM. ‘But Dave thinks he can turn it around. Reshuffle before party conference, promote some heroes of the Right, push ahead with solid stuff like deregulation and the mood could change pretty quickly.’ … Clearly, however, it is not going to be that simple. Mr Cable’s objection to reform of Sunday trading throws a serious spanner into the works." – Melissa Kite, Mail on Sunday
- "The idea that the Lib Dems will bounce back with Vince Cable at the helm – with respect, he will be 118 by then – reflects the madness of the Westminster village." – Suzanne Moore, Mail on Sunday
Lib Dem activists want Coalition split
"Constituency parties are preparing critical motions to put before the Lib Dem conference next month demanding an uncompromising response to the political chicanery that killed off [Lords reform] … At least three local parties are expected to call for a complete split from the Tories, while several more will demand that Mr Clegg take a tougher line in defence of Lib Dem policies, a senior party source said." – Independent on Sunday
> Yesterday's ToryDiary: The Tory leadership needs to accept that boundary reform is dead and become much bolder as a result
Ed Miliband: "The Olympics and its legacy should be put beyond party politics"
"We need a 10-year plan, across politics and sport, to ensure that school sport is protected and community participation enhanced. … There must also be another sort of legacy from these Games, less tangible but no less important. It is about our national story." – Ed Miliband, Sunday Telegraph
- "Ed Miliband is right to suggest a cross-party plan" – Andy Burnham, Observer
- "It’s red v blue on sport" – Martin Ivens, Sunday Times (£)
A disgraced MEP is facing jail over cash-for-amendments – Sunday Times (£)
Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate — the newspapers respond
- How Paul Ryan went from high school geek to vice-presidential candidate – Mail on Sunday
- Mitt’s mate, the man with a sharp axe – Sunday Times (£)
- Romney's choice of Paul Ryan is exciting, but its consequences are unpredictable – Rupert Cornwell, Independent on Sunday
> Yesterday on International: Mitt Romney's big throw of the dice, as he picks bold reformer Paul Ryan as his running mate
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