Osborne TINA6.30pm ToryDiary: Cameron tells Sky News: Osborne will still be Chancellor in 2015

2.45pm MPsETC: Who are Deep Blue? Matthew Barrett profiles the backbenchers seeking to represent the "sensible right" of the 2010 intake

1pm Christopher Howarth on Comment: Cameron needs credibility on Europe – here are two things he can do immediately to get it

10.30am ToryDiary: Wiggo wants bike helmets to be compulsory. Department of Transport says "no".

ToryDiary: Tory PPS calls for bolder action from Coalition to get British economy out of "mire"

Mel Stride MP on Comment: Britain needs "something pretty dramatic to pull us out of the current economic mire"


Greg Barker MP: Marine energy can play a big role in meeting Britain's energy needs and driving export growth

Columnist Andrew Lilico: Why I have always favoured civil gay marriage

Majority Conservatism: Installing Boris as Tory leader comes 20th in list of 23 ways to win next election

Local government: Boris hopes to have more cable cars crossing the Thames

The Deep End: When did you last see an evangelical Christian portrayed sympathetically in a TV drama – rather than as a self-regarding ass / horrendous bigot / murdering lunatic?

VIDEO: Can Boris use Olympics to win Downing Street gold? BBC London investigates…

Boris zip wire2Labour lead would drop to 1% if Boris was Tory leader

"A YouGov survey for The Sun showed Labour’s current poll lead would be slashed to one point if Boris was Conservative leader. It revealed 34 per cent of people would vote for a Cameron-led Tory party, while 40 per cent would vote for Ed Miliband’s Labour. But if Boris was leader, support for the Tories would rise to 37 per cent, while Labour’s would fall to 38 per cent."

Millions of patients' data to sold off for research after Cameron announces radical plan to change NHS constitution

"The details will be anonymous, meaning researchers should not be able to link what they receive to individual members of the public, and patients will also be able to opt out. But civil liberties campaigners warned that the material could end up being abused. Ministers are keen to promote the pharmaceuticals industry, in which Britain is a world leader." – Daily Mail | FT (£)

One Cambridge hospital shows what can be achieved by ending the curse of state monopolies

"Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Cambridgeshire, previously described by ministers as “a clinical and financial basket case”, released its latest performance data yesterday. In just six months, waiting times had been turned around – from the worst in the region to the best. Patient care had improved; satisfaction ratings were higher than ever. Money was no longer being wasted. Staff morale was up. Even the unpopular car parking fees had been scrapped. The reason? Last year, Hinchingbrooke was taken over by the private sector."- Sean Worth in The Telegraph

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Will Hinchingbrooke Hospital and IES Breckland detoxify profit?

Osborne conservatives.comCoalition considering £5 billion purchase of remaining shares in RBS but George Osborne said to be opposed

"The fact that ministers and officials are considering the proposal, which would mean taxpayers taking full responsibility for the bank’s toxic debts, shows how exasperated they have become at the barriers they believe banks are placing on lending." – FT (£)

  • Business help scheme 'could end up subsidising banks' – Metro

Gloom for manufacturing and London's economy

"Britain’s moribund economy was yesterday rocked by an ‘absolutely dreadful’ slump in factory output as the Olympics and the crisis in the eurozone hit business. Manufacturers suffered their worst month for more than three years in July as the deepening recession showed no sign of easing, according to a closely-watched survey." – Daily Mail

  • George Osborne desperately needs to come up with a proper supply-side growth plan before he loses the trust of his party – Allister Heath in City AM

Hunt Jeremy Big BenJeremy Hunt admits Games have put off London's touristsIndependent

Experts warn stayaway policy by civil service and blue-chip firms could inflict damaging blow on capital's economy – Daily Mail

  • Armed forces now make up half of all Olympics security personnel: "The total number of military personnel involved in overall Olympics security now stands at more than 18,000, including 11,000 helping to secure Games venues, with the rest working in specialist roles." – Express
  • Cameron's visit to Northern Ireland raises new questions about why it's Team GB, not Team UK – Belfast Telegraph
  • Cameron was in Glasgow on Tuesday to lend his backing to the city’s bid to host the Youth Olympics – The Glaswegian
  • The politicians sneaking off to enjoy the London 2012 Games – Telegraph

Cameron to use Downing Street talks to press Putin on Syria (and then take him to the Olympics Judo)Guardian

"This is Mr Putin's first visit to London for nine years – the last time was for a state visit in June 2003. He was last in Britain for the Gleneagles G8 summit in July 2005." – BBC

Support for Scottish independence falls again with new poll showing 54% to 30% advantage for staying in the UnionTimes (£)

  • "Scottish Labour is seen as “out of touch”, “incompetent” and “boring”, a YouGov poll has shown, exposing the mountain party leader Johann Lamont has to climb if she is to seize back power from the SNP at Holyrood." – Scotsman

Hannan Dan DPNo one would be cheering for Team Europe – Dan Hannan in The Telegraph notes that trust in the EU has fallen to 31% across the continent

"The full extent of the EU’s cash grab has been revealed in new official statistics that show that Britain’s gross contribution to the coffers of Brussels reached an incredible £19.2billion last year.  That amounts to £53million every single day. Even the most brutal foreign occupiers in our history, like the Vikings with their Danegeld tax, never extracted so much from the British people." – Leo McKinstry in The Express

Is Cameron brave enough to fight for the green economic consensus? – James Murray at Business Green lists reasons why Cameron can win the environmental argument within his party

  • Free Enterprise Group of Tory MPs say airlines could pay Heathrow residents for extra noise from extra flying – Independent

Blair's education guru urges Michael Gove not to embrace O-LevelsTimes (£)

MP Eric Joyce fined £600 after cutting off electronic tag to 'join boat race'Guardian

Three months and $131 million in spending haven't moved the president's poll numbers – Karl Rove in the Wall Street Journal

Steve Richards on rich satirists mocking weak politicians

"Many satirists are powerful and wealthy. Jimmy Carr's made much of the bankers' greed: ho, ho, ho! But then it emerged he was greedy, too, and earned millions more than most of the politicians he mocked: ho,ho,ho! This has become a slight problem with Have I got News for You, in which Ian Hislop, earning thousands per programme and buttressed further by his powerful base of Private Eye, mocks obscure cabinet ministers who have virtually no power and have no idea where they are heading in terms of policy or their careers." – Steve Richards in The Independent

And finally… 1: The thrill of dressing like Mrs Thatcher… Hannah Betts in The Telegraph is excited at the prospect of a Christies auction of Lady Thatcher's outfits

And finally… 2: Dangle Boris


Website set up to celebrate Dangle Boris. Sunny Hundal has collected some of the best images. 

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: The London Mayor gets stuck on a zip wire


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