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5.45pm WATCH: In interview with Ecuadorian TV, Julian Assange says that he expects his situation to be resolved in six to twelve months

4.45pm Chris Kelly MP on Comment: It's vital Parliament continues to take action against scrap metal theft, before a fatality occurs

2pm WATCH: George Osborne: We need more airport capacity in the South East

11am ToryDiary: George Osborne talks tough but he also needs to talk clearly

ToryDiary: A five-point guide to David Cameron's big article

Columnist Nadine Dorries: The reshuffle will create more enemies for Cameron among the overlooked. It won't achieve much else

Ffion HagueLord Ashcroft on Comment: Let’s all support courageous Ffion Hague as she prepares for her charity abseil off the Shard

Thomas Byrne on Comment: Sunday trading laws protect the family and civil society. Libertarians should not do away with them

Local Government: Labour face both ways on criminalising squatting

David Cameron kickstarts the new Parliamentary term with a combative, prescriptive article for the Mail on Sunday

"Yes, growth has been disappointing – but in the past two years we’ve also seen more than 900,000 jobs created in the private sector. Yes, turning around our schools is tough – but hundreds of new Free Schools and Academies are opening every year. Yes, tackling welfare dependency is difficult – but there are more people in work now than at the last Election. This is a Government with fighting spirit for our future. … Frankly, I am frustrated by the hoops you have to jump through to get anything done – and I come back to Parliament more determined than ever to cut through the dither that holds this country back." – David Cameron, Mail on Sunday

  • PM hits back at his critics with five-point strategy on eve of Cabinet reshuffle – Mail on Sunday

> Yesterday, ConservativeHome focussed on one of the policy areas that the Prime Minister mentions: housing

> Today's Tory Diary: A five-point guide to David Cameron's big article

David Davis calls for a more radical growth agenda from Mr Cameron and George Osborne

David Davis"Mr Davis told The Sunday Telegraph the Government must draw up an 'alternative', pro-growth policy with radical cuts to tax, regulation and public spending. 'The Coalition’s cuts should have been earlier and deeper,' he said 'This is not about individual policy areas. This is about something more fundamental… something deeper. There is an alternative economic policy.' … In a wide-ranging interview David Cameron’s former leadership rival said George Osborne is wrong to blame Europe’s debt crisis for 'killing' Britain’s recovery. … He also said Mr Cameron and the Chancellor should stop pushing for the survival of the European single currency in its present form." - Sunday Telegraph

  • "…the absence of Mr Davis and his robust views from the Cabinet are a significant loss to it." – Sunday Telegraph editorial

And now Brian Binley MP voices his displeasure with Mr Osborne, calling for a change of Chancellor

"I believe that George Osborne should be moved from the Treasury to the party chairmanship, to allow him to concentrate exclusively on winning the  next General Election. … It would allow a Chancellor to  be appointed who has a deep command of economics, as well as political instincts that chime with the bulk of the party. … Top of the list should be Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, who has the analytical strengths and broad commercial experience to become a fine Chancellor." – Brian Binley, Mail on Sunday

James Forsyth: the reshuffle could be broader than expected

"After more than two years in office, he is ready to shake up his ministerial team. The changes, which were agreed with George Osborne and William Hague, are – I'm told – broader than expected. One person familiar with the plans says: 'It is not going to be tinkering.'" – James Forsyth, Mail on Sunday

But are ministers refusing to move?

"David Cameron's plans for a reshuffle were threatening to unravel this weekend as key cabinet ministers made it clear they would not move. Cameron faces resistance from Baroness Warsi, the party chairwoman, Ken Clarke, the justice secretary, Justine Greening, the transport secretary, and Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, who have all said they want to keep their jobs. … Allies of Vince Cable have made it clear he would refuse to be ousted from the business department unless he was made chancellor. … Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, is understood to want a bigger role and is being touted as a possible replacement for Cable." – Sunday Times (£)

And yet more reshuffle speculation


  • Mr Cameron's reshuffle plans have been "torn asunder" by Coalition tensions – Independent on Sunday
  • Mr Cameron wants to promote Patrick McLoughlin, perhaps to the party chairmanship – Sun on Sunday
  • "[The reshuffle] is unlikely to be too radical, as Mr Cameron has limited freedom of manoeuvre." – Iain Martin, Sunday Telegraph

> Yesterday:

> Today's column by Nadine Dorries: The reshuffle will create more enemies for Cameron among the overlooked. It won't achieve much else

The Sunday Times says that ours is "not a serious government"

"Public spending is soaring — the coalition’s decision to uprate benefits by more than 5% when pay is increasing by no more than 2% — meant the government spent 7.3% more in July than a year ago. It has aggressively cut measures that might improve this country, such as spending on infrastructure, and it has raised taxes. But it has failed miserably to tackle the public sector leviathan. Any serious government would now reaffirm its determination to get the economy under control." – Sunday Times (£)

  • "With the coalition approaching the halfway point of this parliament — and the opinion polls looking bad for both parties — the mood is turning ugly." – Sunday Times (£)

In a relaxed and personal interview with the Mail on Sunday, Theresa May briefly talks immigration and police cuts

Theresa May"Privately, officials say they fear it may not drop below the magic 100,000 mark by 2015, when the next Election is due. ‘It takes time for policy to work its way through,’ says May. … If she doesn’t get to the holy grail of 99,999 by 2015, will she have failed? ‘I expect the numbers to have come down.’ … ‘Look, £14 billion a year goes into policing,’ she told me, leaning forward. ‘When we’ve got to deal with the deficit, it’s right that the police play their part.’" – Mail on Sunday

  • "Stop huffing — we all called for this crackdown on immigration" - Minette Marrin, Sunday Times (£)

Matthew d'Ancona praises Chris Grayling's "dogged and decent" approach to welfare cuts

Chris GRayling"As the Conservative conference approaches, Cameron and co are under pressure from the Tory Right – or Tory 'Mainstream' as it now likes to be known – to do more, to cut faster and deeper, to reduce more taxes, to produce a persuasive 'growth strategy' … If only more of Grayling’s comrades on the Right had his grasp of the sheer complexity of government: the difficulty of taking one system that affects millions of people and replacing it with another. Every such process – and the Coalition is embarked upon scores of them – is subtle, demanding and agonisingly slow." – Matthew d'Ancona, Sunday Telegraph

Iain Duncan Smith to tighten the rules around hardship grants after fears that they're being misspent  Sun on Sunday

Michael Gove set to answer MPs' questions as part of a cross-party inquiry into GCSE grading - Observer

  • The controversial English examination was "not fit for purpose," says Mr Gove – Independent on Sunday
  • Mr Gove also under fire for the use of temporary classrooms to meet rising pupil numbersSun on Sunday
  • The head of Ofsted says that schools will now be classed as "not good enough" rather than "safisfactory" – Sun on Sunday

Sir Merrick Cockell warns over local government cuts

"The economic crisis engulfing the coalition deepened after the Tory head of local government raised the spectre of councils across England and Wales running out of cash reserves used to boost local economies within five years, under the weight of massive spending cuts. … The warning on Saturday from Sir Merrick Cockell, chair of the Local Government Association and leader of Kensington and Chelsea council, amounts to a plea to the chancellor, George Osborne, to hold off from further savage cuts on local authorities this autumn." – Observer

Christopher Booker: The Chinese puzzles of chairman Tim YeoSunday Telegraph

Ambitious plans for a four-runway airport near Heathrow are to be submitted to the GovernmentIndependent on Sunday

  • The Government has cut the "landscape value" assigned to some of the countryside around the HS2 line – Sunday Telegraph

More Lib Dems round on Nick Clegg

Clegg"Adrian Sanders, a veteran Lib Dem MP, warned Clegg to stop 'just bumbling along worrying about the future' and to take action to rebuild support in the party. … His criticism was echoed by the Lib Dem peer Lord Smith of Clifton, who warned that Clegg was not 'indispensible' and faced being ousted by his own troops and replaced by Cable unless he showed greater strategic vision." – Sunday Times (£)

  • The Lib Dems won't knife Mr Clegg yet — because they know that the mistakes were not his alone – Andrew Rawnsley, Observer
  • Contrary what Nick Clegg implies, the rich are doing their bit for deficit reduction – Nigel Lawson, Sunday Times (£)

Lib Dem conference to press for a "fizzy drinks tax"Independent on Sunday

Ed Miliband's and Ed Balls's dislike for Mr Cameron is "dwarfed by their shared loathing of Labour’s bald-pated ex-Finance Minister Liam Byrne" – the Black Dog column, Mail on Sunday

Archbishop Desmond Tutu suggests that Tony Blair and George Bush be tried for their part in the Iraq WarObserver

Lord Mandelson's consultancy made almost £600,000 in its first year of businessSunday Telegraph

The Green Party is being urged to copy the polling tactics of the Lib Dems to become the country's third biggest partyIndependent on Sunday

Employees of the House of Lords have been advised to avoid "office banter" lest it cause offenceDaily Mail

Up to 1,000 British troops may be questioned about war crimes allegedly committed during the Iraq WarSunday Telegraph

Four Christians are to argue in court that they face discrimination in Britain because of their faithSunday Telegraph

And finally… the White House has released the recipes for two of its three homemade beersMail on Sunday

  • "We judge it as highly likely  that Clegg will stick to his pre-Election promise not to join a formal coalition," wrote the US ambassador to Britain in a briefing to Hillary Clinton, two months before the last general election – Mail on Sunday


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