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Monday 18th June 2007

10.30pm ToryDiary: Labour will attack Cameron as weak

6pm ToryDiary: Voters see Conservative Party as a drag on Cameron's moderation

4PM PICK OF THE WEB

  • Nadine Dorries believes that the desire for attention is a cause of teenage motherhood
  • Michael Barone at TownHall on Giuliani and McCain's decision to sit Iowa out
  • James Cleverly is understandably bemused at news of funding cuts for the TA
  • DizzyThinks on regional variations in the minimum wage
  • Croydonian assesses the past of Labour peers
  • Cranmer reports that the head of Europol blames the UK for the rise of Islamic terrorism
  • CoffeeHouse has Fraser Nelson's report from Tooting
  • Burning Our Money sees localism as a solution to waste

2.10pm ToryDiary: Jottings from Tooting

2.00pm PlayPolitical: Barack Obama's first podcastMing_2

10.30am ToryDiary: The 14% pinstripe radical

ToryDiary: Just when The Telegraph warms to Cameron, the Mail goes AWOL

Seats and candidates: Finalists for Barrow and Furness

BritainAndAmerica: Is Giulianism the future for the Republican Party?

LondonMayor: Nick Boles launches Good Neighbours

20070618platformbanner Brian Jenner on YourPlatform: Time for a new political organisation

CAMERON'S BIG SPEECH

"David Cameron will today seek to put the grammar schools row behind him as he delivers a speech on the party's policy reviews. The Tory chief will use an address in Tooting, south London, to reassure activists that he is on course to make major gains at the next general election despite the rows of the last month." - ePolitix.com

David Cameron "must correct the impression that he is just a well-intentioned toff making raids on Blairite rhetoric" - Bruce Anderson in The Independent

>>> PDF of full speech

Naturalhistorymuseum MUSEUMS ROW

"David Cameron was forced into a Tory U-turn last night over free admission to museums and galleries.  Party culture spokesman Hugo Swire said they should be allowed to charge.  But in the face of fierce criticism, leader Mr Cameron was forced to slap down fellow Old Etonian Mr Swire." - The Sun

"Senior figures from politics, education and the arts leapt to defend free admission to Britain's most famous museums and galleries after a senior Tory suggested that charges could be reintroduced.  The campaigners hailed the success of free access to museums, which has attracted an extra 30 million people to the nation's great artistic and cultural collections since admission charges were scrapped six years ago. It followed a campaign by The Independent to end charges." - The Independent

>>> Yesterday's ToryDiary on the museums story

ATTITUDES OF TORY MPs

"A striking new survey by Populus about the attitudes of MPs reveals not only deep underlying disagreements between Labour and Conservative MPs on key social values, but also big divisions within the Tory party. David Cameron has failed to persuade a large number of his own backbenchers to accept his liberal views on morality and race." - Peter Riddell in The Times

>>> ConservativeHome's own recent survey of Tory members' social attitudes

MARGARET THATCHER AT CENTRE OF FALKLANDS REMEMBRANCE EVENT - BBC

WILL GORDON BROWN STOP THE SPIN? - James Silver in MediaGuardian

MING RELAUNCHES LEADERSHIP WITH BID TO BE 'SPIKIER' - The Times

Sarkozy SARKOZY WINS COMFORTABLE PARLIAMENTARY MAJORITY

"President Nicolas Sarkozy's conservative party won a clear parliamentary majority Sunday in elections seen as crucial to his ambitious vision for opening up France's economy, although the Socialists did far better than even they had anticipated." - Guardian

"Although the centre-right UMP failed to secure a predicted landslide, it said it had a mandate to implement change.  Its plans include tighter immigration laws, tax cuts and longer jail terms." - BBC

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