7.15pm Local government: A conference star turn from Eric Pickles

6.45pm WATCH: Boris Johnson takes part in video praising increase in Aid Budget

Conservative Voice5pm Don Porter on Comment: Thousands of supporters have joined Conservative Voice

4pm WATCH: George Osborne says the 50p tax rate raised no money and drove away jobs

3.15pm LeftWatch: Another state funded "charity" indulges in a political attack on the Government

2pm ToryDiary: George Osborne says he'll keep on going — but will the Lib Dems follow?

12.15pm ToryDiary: Aspiration, deficit reduction, welfare, schools and the NHS – conference 2012's themes

11.15am ToryDiary: The teenage George Osborne watched the A-team, listened to Madonna, and played computer games

10.45am ToryDiary: Will Boris blow a hole through the middle of the conference planners' grid?

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ToryDiary: Could this be the class of 2020? Boris as PM and the class of 2010 holding most of the big briefs

Also on ToryDiary: 50% of Tory members are satisfied with David Cameron. 49% are not

Columnist Andrew Lilico: Osborne's medicine may taste horrible but it's the best cure we have

Lord Ashcroft's Party Conference Diary (Day 2)

Lord-norman-lamont-007Lord Lamont on Comment: George Osborne is doing the right thing and history will judge him well

Local Government:

The Deep End: The Greek political system is bankrupt – and not just morally

Daily-mail-october-8-1-329x437George Osborne to cut welfare bills by £10 billion

"Jobless parents who insist on having more children may face losing benefits. Writing in the Daily Mail Chancellor George Osborne and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith unveil the radical proposal as part of their plans to slash the welfare budget.  After months of wrangling, the pair have agreed to find £10billion in savings, to follow the £18billion already cut from handouts." – Daily Mail

  • "Now we must pose some of the questions we need to answer. For example, is it right that school leavers should be able to move directly from school to a life on housing benefit without finding a job first? Is it right that people in work have to consider the full financial costs of having another child while those who are out of work don’t?" George Osborne and Iain Duncan Smith writing for the Daily Mail
  • "The Tories say the Lib Dems are willing to consider the extra £10bn cuts, which would come into effect by 2016." – BBC
  • "Duncan Smith had been the main Conservative obstacle to more welfare cuts but on Sunday he wrote a joint article with the chancellor saying he was "satisfied" such savings were possible. In return, the Treasury has given him the final political go-ahead for universal credit, his cherished but risky master plan to merge benefits and tax credits from next year." The Guardian

> From today:

Daily-telegraph-october-8-1-329x437Boris speaks up for "ignored" middle classes

"The Mayor of London positions himself as the champion of the “struggling middle” and declares: “They are not being helped.” The intervention, at the start of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, will fuel speculation about Mr Johnson’s leadership ambitions and chances of replacing David Cameron." – Daily Telegraph

  • "At present, we are building new homes for two broad groups of people. Of the roughly 30,000 homes that were built in London last year, a huge chunk were “affordable homes” of one kind or another, and then there was another sizeable chunk of top-end stuff – swish houses and apartments, often for foreign buyers. We are not doing as the Victorians did, and providing new stock to be bought by the people in the middle – on household incomes from £30,000 to £64,000; and they are feeling utterly and understandably ignored." Boris Johnson Daily Telegraph
  • "Boris Johnson failed to dampen speculation about his leadership ambitions yesterday, refusing to deny that he would one day like to be Prime Minister and admitting that there was an “element of competition” with the present incumbent. Speaking before he arrived at the Conservative Party conference today, Mr Johnson would say only that he wanted to be Mayor of London for the next four years. “After four years are up, heaven knows,” he said…." – The Times (£)
  • "Boris Johnson last night refused to say if David Cameron was a better Prime Minister than he would be, insisting the claim was ‘unverifiable’. The London Mayor – branded a ‘blond-haired mop’ by his party leader yesterday – made a typically swashbuckling arrival at the Tory conference by also demanding a referendum on Europe, saying he doesn’t know what the current Tory policy is." – Daily Mail
  • Writing in The Times, Tim Montgomerie back Boris to be Prime Minister by 2020. "In an age when politicians are distrusted the Mayor of London is the anti-politician: likeable, spontaneous and defying any attempt to pigeonhole him. He has won twice in a Labour-leaning city. He’s the Heineken Tory, reaching parts of the electorate that no other Conservative can. He can even win re-election in the middle of a Tory-led cuts programme." – The Times (£)

> Today on ToryDiary: Could this be the class of 2020? Boris as PM and the class of 2010 holding most of the big briefs

Independent-october-8-1-329x437The Independent claims a former Archbishop of Canterbury speaking at a fringe meeting means the return of the Nasty Party…

"David Cameron has been warned that his attempts to shed the Conservative Party's "nasty party" image are being undermined by organisers of a mass rally against gay marriage. About 900 people, the majority of them active members of the Conservative Party, will crowd into Birmingham Town Hall at lunchtime today to hear the former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, the former Home Office minister Ann Widdecombe and others give speeches on why there should be no change in the legal definition of marriage to recognise same-sex couples." – The Independent

Cameron threatens to veto EU budget but pressed to move faster on referendum

"The Prime Minister said he is prepared to torpedo the new Brussels budget which will set spending limits for the period 2014 to 2020 if Eurocrats continue to insist on a ‘massive’ rise. But Mr Cameron sparked controversy among Tory MPs when he made clear that there is little prospect of a referendum on Britain’s relationship with Europe before the general election." – Daily Mail

  • "I sat round that table – 27 countries, 26 of them signing up to a treaty and I said, 'This is not in Britain's interests, I don't care how much pressure you put on, I'm not signing, we're not having it. They know I'm capable of saying no and if I don't get a good deal I'll say no again." David Cameron interviewed by Andrew Marr – BBC

> Today on ToryDiary: 50% of Tory members are satisfied with David Cameron. 49% are not

> Yesterday WATCH:
Cameron: "If necessary, we will veto the EU budget"

Would West Coast fiasco have happened under Hammond?

Hammond Philip qt"Defence Secretary Philip Hammond knifed Cabinet colleague Justine Greening yesterday over the West Coast rail franchise fiasco. Asked if it would have happened under him, Mr Hammond told the BBC: “It would be very easy for me to stand here and say absolutely no, it wouldn’t.”

"He stressed ministers would not have seen the detailed calculations used by officials. But he added: “I would certainly have checked what I was presented with.” – The Sun

Sniping at the rich is futile

"The Prime Minister said that “we are going to take further action to make sure the richest people in this country pay a fair share”, while the Chancellor warned that “the rich will have to make a contribution to closing the budget deficit”.

"It is a little depressing that the two most senior figures in the Conservative Party can strike such a misleading pose. For they must both be all too aware that the better off already bear a disproportionately large share of the tax burden. The top one per cent of earners pay almost a quarter of all income tax revenues." – Daily Telegraph leader

> Yesterday: Julian Mann on Comment: A Christian argument for cutting the higher rate of tax

DisraeliDisraeli reclaimed for Tories by Hague

"Speaking from the Birmingham conference stage, Mr Hague, a best-selling author of political histories, was cheered by activists as he attacked the Labour leader: "Last week he made claim to be Disraeli. We know a little more about Benjamin Disraeli, a great Conservative Prime Minister, than he does….To borrow a turn of phrase, we were led by Disraeli, our predecessors knew Disraeli, Disraeli's beliefs were Conservative through and through, and, Ed Miliband, you are no Disraeli." – BBC

  • "Mr Hague, on entering, was given a standing ovation. He did not milk it. You sense he has gone beyond that sort of thing." – Quentin Letts Daily Mail
Bruce Anderson: David Cameron needs to explain himself

"Many Tories seem to have had enough of realism, however, preferring fringe-meeting fantasies. In part, this is Mr Cameron’s fault. As he conceded in a newspaper interview on Sunday, he has not done nearly enough to explain himself. Margaret Thatcher always enjoyed talking about her philosophy. Although this bore no relation to the cautious pragmatism with which she approached the problems of government, it still cheered up the troops." – Bruce Anderson Financial Times

  • "The PM faces serious questions. His government often looks rudderless and incompetent. Above all, it seems to have run out of ideas on the economy. Unless the Tories buck up, Ed Miliband — a lightweight puppet of the unions — will drift into power. The Tories can do better than this. Now is the time to show it." – The Sun Says

What direction will Cameron take on tax and spend?

TAX-TAKE"Will he, with one eye on Boris, go further to the right, appealing to the party on Europe, taxes, crime and immigration – giving himself a pretty easy time in Brum? Or will he try to cleave to a more centrist path, accepting the Lib Dems' pleas on tax and spend? After Sunday's TV interviews, it's already clear that, forced to choose, he is going for the second option. Ed's "one nation" raid has spooked the prime minister.

"Yet the most interesting and thoughtful intervention from the Tory side is an eloquent plea to avoid making this kind of choice. Tim Montgomerie of Conservative Home, has just launched, a web-based campaign for a Tory agenda that mingles true-blue values with a stronger appeal to poorer and middle-class voters. If you want to know the best of what the other side is thinking, I recommend a look." – Jackie Ashley The Guardian

Businesses back carbon reduction targetGuardian

Married couples to be in the minority

"The Centre for Social Justice, the think-tank set up by Work and
Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, says marriage is increasingly the
preserve of the middle and upper classes. A CSJ report, to be unveiled
today at the Conservative conference, warns of an increasing social
divide on family structure." – Daily Mail

Strivers is the new buzzword

"David Cameron's attempt to reach out to the "strivers" in society, with
a series of measures to be unveiled at the Conservative conference this
week, received a cautious welcome in the party on
Sunday."The Guardian

Yesterday ToryDiary: Cameron pitches to strivers – and hints at crackdown on EU migrants – in Marr interview

(Scottish) Health Secretary under fire over abortionThe Times (£)


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