4.45pm Andrew Haldenby on Comment: Grayling's prisons U-turn is biggest retreat so far on public service reform policy
4pm MPsETC: Mr Speaker's war against Anna Soubry
2.30pm Iain Anderson on Comment: The US election suggests that micro-targeting is the key to winning 21st Century elections
1.30pm Dylan Sharpe on Comment: Peter Oborne's "lessons" for Cameron from the US election are wide of the mark
11.30am International: The ten must-read reactions from American conservatives to Romney's defeat
Lord Ashcroft on Comment: Too many political stories are trivial. That doesn't mean they don't matter.
Columnist Andrew Lilico: One reason for constitutional monarchy and against fixed term parliaments
Tim Loughton MP on Comment: An Open Letter to David Cameron: We need a single, over-arching inquiry into child abuse
ConservativeHome's Interview with Chris Grayling: Could a Conservative Government quit the ECHR? "Well, again, I'm not ruling it in and not ruling it out."
Thinkers' Corner: Roger Scruton on non-discrimination – "The recent cases show that the concept of non-discrimination, designed to protect groups from oppression, can equally be used to oppress the rest of us."
Georgianna Vaughan on ThinkTankCentral: Iran and the bomb. It's not on the nuclear threshold and sanctions are working.
- Pat McCrory elected Governor of North Carolina
- Too few Conservatives are applying for public appointments. Here's how they can do so
Cameron and Merkel hold "warm and friendly" EU budget talks
"David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have held "open, warm and friendly" talks about the controversial EU budget, Downing Street says. At the end of the hour-long meeting Number 10 said "both parties were at the same end of the spectrum". Mr Cameron had said the EU budget should be frozen or cut, but Mrs Merkel says an increase is necessary. Officials said discussions on the issue would continue." – BBC
- "The Prime Minister declined to say whether he was urging her to back the real-terms budget cut that the Commons voted for last week." – Scotsman
- Merkel warns Britain against European Union exit – Reuters
- "Ms Merkel invoked the memory of the Second World War as she added: "I come from Germany. The UK was with us when we were liberated from National Socialism. We still have British soldiers in Germany. I can't imagine that the UK would not be part of Europe."" – Independent
"David Cameron to use Romney failure as warning to Tory right"
"David Cameron is to use Mitt Romney's failure in the US presidential election to warn the Tory right that the Conservative party will consign itself to the margins unless it remains resolutely on Britain's "common ground". … Cameron also moved to scotch Labour euphoria… by saying that Obama's success with the Democrats showed governments can win by adopting a "right track, hard road" approach on the economy." – Guardian
- "Although Downing Street kept out of the US election – in line with tradition – there was genuine relief at No 10 yesterday that David Cameron would not have to forge a relationship with Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate." – Independent
- Labour ponders lessons of Barack Obama victory – Guardian
- Obama’s ground game, avoiding the fiscal cliff and thoughts of President Gore – Douglas Alexander MP for the New Statesman
> Today on MajorityConservatism: America's electoral college. Britain's constituency boundaries – the centre-right's biggest blocks to government in both
> From yesterday:
- ToryDiary: Five lessons from the US election campaign for British Conservatives
- International: Was last night disastrous for the Republicans or simply disappointing?
- MPsETC: Conservative MPs (including David Cameron) respond to Barack Obama's election victory
- WATCH: Speaking from Jordan, David Cameron congratulates Barack Obama
Peter Oborne: Mitt Romney's loss means a rout for the Tory Right
"For the past two years, Conservative Right-wingers have been urging Mr Cameron to fight the next general election from a platform they like to call “true Toryism”. They have advocated a heavily ideological programme involving a tough immigration policy, opposition to the European Union, a robust stance on law and order and a sharp shrinking of the state. Had the Republicans won, these Right-wingers would have claimed vindication. For them, Mr Obama’s victory is a disaster – because if Mr Romney’s ideas are election-losers in the US, they are likely to prove even more unpopular in Britain." – Peter Oborne for the Daily Telegraph
> From yesterday – WATCH:
Resolving Syria crisis is first foreign policy priority, Cameron tells Obama
"David Cameron has urged Barack Obama to join Britain in a new effort to "solve" Syria's crisis as world leaders queued up to refer global problems to America's newly re-elected president. … "That means more help for the opposition, more pressure at the UN, more help for the refugees, more work with the neighbours but also a general sort of: 'look, let's be frank, what we've done for the last 18 months hasn't been enough'."" – Daily Telegraph
- Call to lift Syria arms embargo to aid rebels – Guardian
- David Cameron greeted by cheering refugee children at UN camp as he seeks alliance with US to oust Assad – Daily Mail
> Today - Georgianna Vaughan on ThinkTankCentral: Iran and the bomb. It's not on the nuclear threshold and sanctions are working.
Chancellor likely to miss debt reduction target
"Osborne will miss a key debt target unless he delivers new measures in his forthcoming mini-budget, the European Commission warned yesterday. The government is unlikely to be able to reduce debt as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2015-16 in the light of recent public finance figures, the EC said. Mr Osborne will be forced to take action, such as further spending cuts or tax rises, in his Autumn Statement in December if the target is going to remain a possibility." – Scotsman
Cameron will be happy to be rid of me – "I’m a thorn in his side", says Nadine Dorries
"Suspended Tory MP Nadine Dorries believes Prime Minister David Cameron will be “relieved” to see the back of her after she flew to Australia to take part in I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here and admitted: “I am a thorn in his side.” " – Scotsman
- "Nadine Dorries' appearance on a celebrity TV show may help narrow the yawning gap between politicians and electorate" – Guardian editorial
- "The Conservative MP's appearance on reality TV will be a setback for female politicians everywhere" – Allison Pearson for the Daily Telegraph
- Nadine Dorries draws ridicule from Nick Clegg at PMQs – Daily Telegraph
> Yesterday on ToryDiary: Nick Clegg stands in for David Cameron at PMQs, still hates Labour
Philip Hammond to announce plans to expand and revitalise Territorial Army
"Thousands of former soldiers, including those who have just been made redundant, are to be targeted to join the Territorial Army (TA) as part of controversial plans to reduce the size of the UK's full-time force in favour of the reserves, the government will announce on Thursday. Ministers are also considering giving kitemarks to reward "patriotic" companies that employ reservists and make it easy for them to be deployed" – Guardian
Boris Johnson backs Lynton Crosby for Tory election role
"Boris Johnson has urged David Cameron to hire Lynton Crosby… and give him a "free hand" to run the Conservatives' 2015 general election campaign. The London mayor made the recommendation at a meeting of the influential 1922 committee of Conservative MPs." - Guardian
Nick Boles says Cameroons had no central economic message for strivers
"Boles concedes that ‘for classic, relatively low income, Midlands and northern towns and cities there was something missing’. He blames this on the modernisers being ‘very carried away with — which were very much the media -zeitgeist — the chocolate oranges in W.H. Smith and some of the environmental messages and the work/life balance stuff and all of that. We got side-tracked a bit from what is now clear should be our proper concern… we didn’t have a strong economic message.’" – Nick Boles MP interviewed by James Forsyth for the Spectator
One million volunteers will be trained to help dementia victims as Cameron pledges to make issue a "personal priority" - Daily Mail
Sue Cameron: High civil service staff turnover is hurting the country
"McDonald’s restaurant managers stay with the company for an average of 15 years. Over in Whitehall they think themselves lucky if the McMandarins last 15 months in the same job. In the Treasury, always a crucial department but never more so than now, when fixing the economy is the biggest challenge facing the nation, staff turnover over the past two years has been an almost unbelievable 50 per cent." – Sue Cameron for the Daily Telegraph
Bercow rebukes health minister Anna Soubry THREE times in 90 minutes – Daily Mail
Legal aid review call after £1m Abu Hamza bill – Times (£)
> From today - ConservativeHome's Interview with Chris Grayling: Could a Conservative Government quit the ECHR? "Well, again, I'm not ruling it in and not ruling it out."
"Speaking on the day he became Scotland’s longest-serving First Minister, the SNP leader said he would not be going “on and on” in the role, a reference to Lady Thatcher’s famous 1987 post-election interview. His comments prompted speculation that Mr Salmond could be ready to walk away if he loses the 2014 referendum, but he insisted he had no immediate plans to quit." – Scotsman
- Alistair Darling: Alex Salmond must 'come clean' over EU - Daily Telegraph
- SNP pressures councils to allow more wind farms – Daily Telegraph
- BBC issues apology over Salmond bachelor comments – Scotsman
Bishop of Durham Justin Welby to be Archbishop of Canterbury
"Sources have confirmed that the Eton-educated bishop will be announced as successor to Dr Rowan Williams as early as Friday, after the Crown Nominations Commission put his name forward to Downing Street. It marks a meteoric rise for the former oil executive who has been a bishop for only a year, but insiders described Welby as "the outstanding candidate"." – Daily Telegraph
- A man of steel and principle who could (with God's help) rescue our bickering Church – Stephen Glover for the Daily Mail
Private healthcare firm "could make £31m" from running hospital – Guardian
China's Hu Jintao warns of 'potential dangers' as he opens 18th Communist Party Congress - Daily Telegraph
And finally… Harriet Harman is told by her husband Jack Dromey: "You eat too much" - Daily Telegraph
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