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Wednesday 20th June 2007

Davies_davidLate Seats and Candidates update: John Gough selected for Barrow & Furness

6.15pm ToryDiary: Charge foreigners for using the NHS says David Davies MP

3.45pm BritainAndAmerica: Full version of Fred Thompson's London speech

2.30pm ToryDiary: Cameron meets North Korean defectors

2pm YourPlatform: Matthew Sinclair of the TPA responds to the Conservative health proposals

1pm ToryDiary: Prisons the main subject at PMQs and Conservative priorities for the NHS

20070620votelabour_3 10am ToryDiary: Vote LibDem > Get Labour

ToryDiary: Cameron skips EPP Meeting

Blog of the week is that of Ben Brogan, the Daily Mail's Political Editor. Many journalists start blogging and then give up. Ben hasn't. Postings have become more regular and are full of insidery insights.

CONSERVATIVE HEALTH POLICY

Doctor20with20toddler "Bold plans to scrap all central NHS targets and hand millions of patients "individual budgets" to buy health services will be unveiled today by the Conservatives. The ambitious blueprint will also set out plans to put senior doctors in charge of local budgets to ensure that money is spent on the basis of local priorities. However, these clinicians - to be known as primary care commissioners - will face pay cuts if they deliver "poor services" to patients." - Telegraph

"GPs' salaries to be linked to the success of the treatment they deliver and the extent to which patients are satisfied with the experience." - Guardian

"Patients who stop smoking or lose weight will be ushered to the front of the queue for public services under Conservative proposals to improve public health." - Times

"David Cameron will today vow to sweep away all targets in the Health Service and give millions of patients the power to decide how they should be treated." - Daily Mail

BROWN'S RESPONSE

"Gordon Brown went head to head with David Cameron over "self-help" for NHS patients yesterday with a strong hint that there would be more money for the health service in the autumn." - Independent

400pxangela_merkel_g8_summit_2006 CAMERON DECLINES EPP INVITATION

"David Cameron is facing isolation in Europe after snubbing a meeting of centre-right leaders from across the continent. The European People's Party (EPP) confirmed that Mr Cameron had turned down an invitation to tomorrow's annual gathering." - Independent

WE NEED A REFERENDUM

"It's not just the new extensions of EU power that merit a vote: it's the accumulated transfers of power to Brussels that have taken place in the 32 years since our last plebiscite, and which are explicitly reiterated and confirmed in the text." - Dan Hannan in the Telegraph

350pxair__pollution_1 WELSH TORIES CALL FOR GREENHOUSE GAS CUT

"The Tories will call for Welsh targets to cut greenhouse gasses today, despite fears they could harm jobs. AMs will debate a Conservative motion asking for an independent body to monitor annual 3% carbon-emission cuts by 2011." - ICWales

SIR SALMAN RUSHDIE

"A diplomatic row over Salman Rushdie's knighthood erupted yesterday as Britain expressed "deep concern'' over claims by a Pakistani minister that the honour was an affront to Muslims that could justify suicide bombings." - Telegraph

       >>>Yesterday's ToryDiary

GORDON BROWN

Gordonbrown12 "Gordon Brown and Sir Menzies Campbell, the Liberal Democrat leader, have held private discussions in recent days about a plan for one or two senior Lib Dems to join Mr Brown's first cabinet, the Guardian has been told by a well-placed source." - Guardian

What do we know about Brown's foreign policy? - Irwin Stelzer in the Telegraph

TIME TO SELL OFF THE BBC - Simon Heffer in the Telegraph

BLOOMBERG LEAVES THE REPUBLICAN PARTY

"Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire businessman and mayor of New York, has switched his political party status from Republican to unaffiliated, a move certain to be seen as a prelude to an independent presidential bid in the 2008 race." - Telegraph

BLACKBERRYS FOR MPS BUT NOT FRENCH CABINET

Blackberry "MPs are likely to be allowed to bring BlackBerrys into the Commons chamber for the first time so that they can check and send e-mails as they wait to speak in debates." - Times

"Members of the new French cabinet have been told to stop using their BlackBerries because of fears that the US could intercept state secrets." - FT

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