Lord Levy arrested, police merger plans abolished, ID cards scheme falling apart, Government declines to defend extradition policy – fearing defeat

Another terrible day for Labour.
But a good day for the Tories to bury bad news?

A senior frontbencher made a personal promise to me that the Conservatives would leave the EPP this year… but we are not going to.
Today – with Czech parliamentarians – William Hague will announce the formation of some sort of new Eurosceptic think tank.
There will be talk of leaving the EPP at a future date but nothing specific.

This afternoon two MPs took me aside and made incredibly strong attacks on the MEPs  who had been advocating EPP exit.  That appears to be the strategy going forward.  Advocates of EPP exit – once David Cameron’s leadership election pledge – are going to be subject to a major rubbishing.