5.15pm Tory Diary: Maggie the Revolutionary? Tune in to Channel 4 at 7pm tomorrow evening and find out

5.00pm Local Government: Conservatives have the most candidates in the council elections

4pm LISTEN: ConservativeHome has bowed to pressure from our left-wing friends. The song is here. Ding-dong! The Wicked Witch is Dead 

3.45pm Local Government: Council byelection results from yesterday

2.15pm WATCH: This evening's Conservative local election broadcast stresses council tax freeze

12.45pm Nicola Blackwood MP on Comment: The horror of rape as a weapon of war. And what we're doing to stop it.

10.30m MPsETC: Karen Allen chosen as Conservative candidate for South Shields byelection

Tory Diary: Where is the national interest in arming Syria's opposition?

Also on Tory Diary: Margaret Thatcher, Compassionate Conservative – not a libertarian (2)

Screen shot 2013-04-12 at 08.32.51Iain Dale starts his new weekly Friday diary: Cameron's drinking stories this week about "us working class boys"

Lord Ashcroft on Comment: 1992 – the last elected Conservative Government 

Local Government: Cllr Keith Barrow on The battle for Shropshire

The Deep End: Fiscal conservatism has been betrayed by people who call themselves conservatives

WATCH: Margaret Thatcher knew the price of milk and bread

Guest list released for Thatcher funeral

"The statesmen and political big hitters among the 2,000 guests include Tony Blair and his wife Cherie, and the former South African leader F. W. de Klerk, while there are invitations to every surviving US President. And that is without mentioning the Queen." – The Times (£)

  • Screen shot 2013-04-12 at 08.37.21"Guests from the world of entertainment who have already confirmed their attendance include BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, Welsh singer Dame Shirley Bassey, broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan, Lord Lloyd Webber and Sir Timothy Rice. Author Frederick Forsyth, a longstanding supporter of the Conservative Party, has also been invited, as have actresses Joan Collins and June Whitfield." – BBC
  • "A No 10 spokeswoman said: "Those invited include family and friends of Lady Thatcher, those who worked with her over the years, including all surviving members of her cabinets, former chiefs of staff, Conservative associates, peers and MPs, members of the cabinet, peers and MPs, members of the Order of the Garter, members of the Order of Merit, foreign associates and dignitaries and representatives from the wide range of groups she was associated with." – Guardian

TelegraphsongAnger at BBC plans to broadcast song celebrating Thatcher's death

"Three days before the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, the BBC plans to play the song Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead on national radio. A campaign by Left-wing agitators has caused the song from the Wizard Of Oz to rise to number 4 in the midweek pop charts. In the past, songs deemed to be too controversial have been banned from the airwaves by the BBC." – Daily Mail

  • "The decision on whether to broadcast the song is the first test for new Director-General Lord Hall, who started in the £450,000-a-year post last week….While Lord Hall believes the campaign to make the song number one is “rather tasteless”, he has told staff it is ultimately an “editorial decision”." – Daily Telegraph
  • "Clearly, the BBC must answer any criticisms and reflect on the totality of its coverage when the funeral is over. Yet with Tony Hall having barely had time to get his knees under the director-general's desk, too many of the complaints seem wildly excessive, wrong, premature and to be pursuing other, even ancestral, agendas." Leader column Guardian

Thatcher attacked Cameron for not being tougher

"Baroness Thatcher not only poured out her frustrations privately to chums — but tore into the PM at social occasions. She accused him of shirking the kind of tough decisions she made as Tory PM in the 1980s to get the nation back on its feet." – The Sun

Riot squad on alert for Thatcher funeral

"A task force will be on red alert to take on anarchists and thugs at potential flashpoints during and after the ceremony. Commander Christine Jones said the Yard was determined to “ensure that events that day pass off safely.” She added: “A mobile team of officers will be deployed ready to respond if needed to events anywhere in London.” – Daily Express

Buckingham Palace "concerned" about full military honours

"Buckingham Palace raised concerns about the ceremonial funeral with military honours for Lady Thatcher that is to be attended on Wednesday by the Queen and more than 2,000 guests including every surviving British prime minister, the Guardian understands." – The Guardian

Rue Margaret Thatcher?

"A Conservative councillor in Paris has proposed that the French capital name one of its streets after Margaret Thatcher. Councillor Jérôme Debus, of the UMP party, will begin his bid for a Rue Margaret Thatcher at the next council meeting last this month." – The Indepedent

KavanaghTrevor Kavanagh recalls press trips with Margaret Thatcher

"Her trips invariably took her into or over danger zones. The RAF jet was equipped with metallic “chaff” to confuse missiles. This proved useful when one was unleashed as we flew out of an African country but failed to hit. …Aboard the aircraft Margaret Thatcher kicked off her heels, ordered a large glass of scotch and joined the Press for what became a traditional end-of-trip sing-song." – Trevor Kavanagh The Sun

Tim Montgomerie says learn from Thatcher's failures as well as her successes

"For me, Margaret Thatcher was the finest peacetime prime minister of
the past century but she didn’t provide the first or the final word on
what it means to be a Conservative. On balance, the parliamentary party
was wrong to remove her as Prime Minister in 1990 but there were good
reasons why it did. Today’s Conservative Party needs to learn from her
failures as well as her successes." Tim Montgomerie, The Times (£)

> Today: Also on Tory Diary: Margaret Thatcher, Compassionate Conservative – not a libertarian (2)


Cameron to fly to Berlin

"David Cameron is flying to Berlin later to press his demands for sweeping reform of the European Union. The prime minister believes the EU needs to change to allow the UK, or other members, not to be bound by all of its decisions. Mr Cameron will accompanied on the visit by his wife Samantha and their three children, following an invitation from German Chancellor Angela Merkel." – BBC

IndependentblairBlair attacks Miliband for offering sympathy not leadership

"In his boldest foray into politics since resigning as Prime Minister six years ago, Mr Blair rejected the Labour leader’s assertion that voters were shifting to the left. He warned that allowing Labour to
retreat to its “comfort zone” of opposing all cuts would reduce it to a party of protest." – The Times (£)

  • "Tony Blair has issued a warning to Ed Miliband about turning Labour back into a left-wing party of protest. In an article for the New Statesman, he says Labour is "back as the party opposing 'Tory cuts'". As a result it is in danger of becoming a "repository for people's anger" rather than a party with answers to the country's problems." – BBC
  • "He wrote: "The guiding principle should be that we are the seekers after answers, not the repository for people's anger. In the first case, we have to be dispassionate even when the issues arouse great passion. In the second case, we are simple fellow-travellers in sympathy; we are not leaders. And in these times, above all, people want leadership." – The Guardian
  • Timesblair"Alan Milburn said: "The closer the election comes, people will stop asking Labour what it is against. They will want to know what Labour is for and what, if elected, it would do. Tony Blair is right to argue that the sooner that process begins in earnest, the better." – The Independent
  • "Mr Miliband’s reply to the article confirmed its criticisms. His rebuttal was full of meaningless soundbites (“political parties need to move forward not backwards”) and offered only one example of how he hopes to “adapt to new times” – by talking tough about immigration. But on the one issue where he has tried to make a clear break from the past, Mr Miliband actually has little new to offer the voters: no explanation of how he will deal with Romanian and Bulgarian migrants, and no plan to address the magnetic effect of our welfare system." Leader column Daily Telegraph
  • "When Tony Blair speaks, shouldn’t Labour listen? These days, they boo. The former PM’s comprehensive attack on Labour’s lurch to the Left under Red Ed is stinging." – The Sun Says

FraserFraser Nelson says Nigel Farage listens to voters concerns

"Farage is extending his message beyond Brussels-bashing. Those expenses-fiddlers in Westminster don’t understand you, he says, not as Maggie once did. Or even Tony Blair. They won’t meet you, or listen to you. And if you’ve had enough, then vote Ukip: we’re on your side. It’s a message intended to be as effective in the town hall as it was in Eastleigh – the formula for Ukip’s transformation. In three weeks’ time, we’ll see if it works." – Fraser Nelson Daily Telegraph

Polly Toynbee says welfare reform is not a vote winner

"Too early to say yet how the Thatcher triumph will play out in the polls: the latest daily YouGov may be a blip, but Labour leapt 14% ahead, with the Tories on a record 28% low. Attlee-like modesty in time of austerity might have touched more voters, but Cameron doesn't do subtle." Polly Toynbee The Guardian

  • Labour lead down to 10% with Conservatives at 32% – YouGov

Dan Hodges on being Glenda Jackson's son

"A friend told me it’s the duty of parents to embarrass their children: “It keeps us honest.” And when the children are grown, and the threat of an early bedtime and frozen pocket money is no longer available, public humiliation is the only weapon left in the armoury. I suspect most parents don’t get the opportunity to unleash it on the floor of the House of Commons, though." Dan Hodges Daily Telegraph

HayekHayek would have predicted crisis

"The problem is that the financial system that emerged in the late 1990s became increasingly “free” in the wrong way: it was freed from the constraints of the discipline of profit and loss, not free in the sense understood by Thatcher and Hayek. In a true free market, governments don’t protect firms, don’t stand behind them with guarantees, and don’t inject money into the economy whenever the stock market starts to fall." Allister Heath City AM

Full list of councils holding elections this yearBBC

Clegg says make drunks pay for the cost of A&E

"Drunk people who get arrested or need treatment in accident and emergency units should be charged to compensate the taxpayer, Nick Clegg has said. Mr Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, said he supported the idea of imposing levies on people who get “blind drunk” and end up in hospital or at a police station." – Daily Telegraph

Criminal investigation into Mid Staffs – NHS could face jail – Daily Mail

Pubs demand minimum alcohol price – Daily Telegraph

Cyprus told to find another €6bnThe Guardian

And finally…Chuka Umunna has "no recollection" of editing his Wikipedia enry to compare himself to Obama

"Chuka Umunna’s Wikipedia entry was altered to add a paragraph that described him as “gifted” and quoted a leading human rights activist saying that he “may end up as the UK’s Barack Obama”. The change was made by someone using a computer at Rochman Landau in January 2008, the law firm where Mr Umunna was working at the time. The Shadow Business Secretary has previously complained about journalists comparing him to President Obama." – The Times (£)


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