I’ve written for Comment is free about the difficult relationship between The Telegraph and the Tory leadership. I argue that The Telegraph should still matter to the Tories:
"In the same way that Tony Blair pursued the endorsement of Rupert Murdoch and The Sun, David Cameron has devoted an enormous amount of energy to neutralising the traditional hostility of the BBC towards the Conservative Party. Keeping The Telegraph happy matters a lot less to Team Cameron than a good relationship with Nick Robinson et al. But the Telegraph-Tory relationship should still matter. The Telegraph remains the newspaper most widely read by the party’s most active supporters although the blogosphere is already beginning to provide these supporters with faster, more comprehensive and interactive coverage of Tory news. In a close election The Telegraph would play a vital role in energising centre-right voters."
3pm update from The Guardian: Simon Heffer to stop being Telegraph Comment Editor.