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Newslinks for Sunday 21st August 2011

8.15pm International: Australia's minority Labor government will collapse if it loses one MP and one Labor MP has just been caught using his union credit card to rent a prostitute...

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5.15pm Robert H Halfon MP on Comment: Petrol prices are causing unemployment

2pm ConHomeUSA: Today's American political news

6a00d83451b31c69e2014e8ac61611970d-150wiNoon Rehman Chishti MP on Comment: Why I agree with tough sentences for rioters

10.15am ToryDiary: Is it nearly game over for Gaddafi?

ToryDiary: An increasingly Eurosceptic Tory Party is struggling to agree on a strategy to change Britain's relationship with Brussels

Michael Nazir-Ali on Comment: How do we give our young people the values they need?

Harriet Crawford on Comment: Using education to end the conveyor belt to crime

Local government:

WATCH: America's Got Talent contestant roasts Piers Morgan over phone hacking and poor CNN ratings

Cameron emphasises human rights reform in article for Sunday Express

HumanRights "The British people have fought and died for people’s rights to freedom and dignity but they did not fight so that people did not have to take full responsibility for their actions. So though it won’t be easy, though it will mean taking on parts of the establishment, I am determined we get a grip on the misrepresentation of human rights. We are looking at creating our own British Bill of Rights. We are going to fight in Europe for changes to the way the European Court works and we will fight to ensure people understand the real scope of these rights and do not use them as cover for rules or excuses that fly in the face of common sense." - The Prime Minister writing in the Sunday Express, essentially recapitulating his speech of last Monday.

"Once it became apparent to every hoodlum in England that the police were not up to the task of protecting private property in one London street, they quickly clocked that the forces of law and order would be overwhelmed where they lived... After the greatest outbreak of mass lawlessness in recent history, if those who preside over the criminal justice system realise that they must respond to the concerns of the law-abiding, they are not being unjust. They are doing their job." - Douglas Carswell in the Mail on Sunday

  • "While David Cameron and Theresa May have made much political capital from the London riots, Ken has been noticeable by his absence." - Independent on Sunday

Post-riot polls show narrowing of Labour lead - 2% according to ComRes and 4% from YouGov

"A YouGov survey for The Sunday Times this weekend shows that 48% believe the sentences are “about right” and only 14% believe they are too harsh. Nearly a third — 31% — think the sentences are too soft." - The Sunday Times (£)

Metropolitan police figures reveal that 15,000 to 30,000 people committed crimes in the London riots - The Sunday Times (£)

  • Freemasons in the police leading the attack on David Cameron's riot response - The Sunday Telegraph

BLAIR TONY serious Tony Blair: UK isn't in moral collapse but some households are deeply broken and must be rebuilt, one at a time - Observer

The Left has gone into overdrive in its attempts to rewrite the history of the riots, but the public knows the truth - Janet Daley in The Sunday Telegraph

Could Iain Duncan Smith become head of a new Ministry of Social Justice? - James Forsyth in the Mail on Sunday

71 Tory MPs already signed up to new Eurosceptic group headed by George Eustice, Chris Heaton-Harris and Andrea Leadsom

The 71 have responded to a letter which states: "It has ... become clear that events in the European Union are going to dominate British politics in the coming years across a wide range of policies. We think it might be helpful if we set up an informal group of like-minded MPs who could come together to talk, receive regular quality topical briefings, exchange ideas and, indeed, provide support and helpful advice to the government. The political objective of the group would be to reverse the process of ever-closer union." - The Sunday Telegraph

  • Do Eurosceptic Tories think George Osborne's plan for fiscal union will work? Not many. - Tim Montgomerie in The Sunday Telegraph
  • Would Outers win a referendum on EU membership? Dom Raab MP in The Sunday Times (£): "Eurosceptics may even get the referendum on membership that they yearn for. They may also lose it. While polling last month for YouGov suggested 50% of Britons would vote to leave the EU (with 33% against), voters tend to be risk averse when faced with economic uncertainty. During an “in/out” referendum, pragmatic responses would be reinforced by business. No big group — the Confederation of British Industry, British Chambers of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses or Institute of Directors — supports withdrawal."

Grayling and Loughton among ministers ready to adopt and mentor jobless families

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"Some of David Cameron’s ministers and closest advisers will personally “adopt” workless families to help the long-term unemployed off benefits and into work. A group of ministers, MPs and special advisers will set an example by volunteering to become “family champions” under a scheme devised by Emma Harrison, the social entrepreneur whose company manages £300m of government training contracts. Chris Grayling, the employment minister, Tim Loughton, the children and families minister, and Jane Ellison, Tory MP for Battersea, which was hit by looting during the recent riots, have each volunteered to mentor a workless family. Rohan Silva, one of Cameron’s senior policy advisers, has also volunteered." - The Sunday Times (£)

Dyson and Portas are not the answer to our problems - In the Independent on Sunday Margareta Pagano accuses George Osborne of gimmicky responses to economic challenges that require serious responses.

Doorstep rubbish collections have been scrapped in Britain for the first time since they were introduced more than 130 years ago - The Sunday Telegraph

Burt Alistair Alistair Burt: UK ready to back further sanctions against Syria - BBC

Liam Fox, his best man and a blackmail row over business meeting in the Middle East - Mail on Sunday

Student debt will soar to £200bn, official figures show - Independent on Sunday

  • The Coalition has launched a revolution in our university system - Matthew d'Ancona in The Sunday Telegraph

Some Conservatives do think the wealthy and propertied should help pay the nation's bills - Minette Marrin in The Sunday Times (£)

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: A mansions tax would be a 'big mistake', warns Eric Pickles

Friends revulsion at Meryl Streep film that portrays Lady Thatcher as 'granny going mad' - Mail on Sunday

Lesbian MSP, Ruth Davidson, may seek leadership of Scottish Tories

"A lesbian kickboxer has emerged as a frontrunner to become the next leader of the Conservatives in Scotland. Ruth Davidson, 32, who lives with a Green party-supporting vegetarian atheist, has picked up strong support from close advisers of David Cameron and senior colleagues in Scotland." - The Sunday Times (£)

Christopher Booker: BBC reports on energy policy fail to explain the true cost of the Government's plans - The Sunday Telegraph

Lord Ashcroft backs a call to award Victoria Crosses to two SAS soldiers killed in a secret war fought in Oman in the 1970s - The Sunday Times (£)

Mandelson's £8m mansion: New questions over former Labour ministers wealth after 'huge property offer' - Mail on Sunday

And finally... This Tracey Emin work - 'More Passion' - now hangs inside 10 Downing Street

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"Emin, who was in Downing Street last week putting the finishing touches to the installation, was invited to contribute a piece by David Cameron, a big fan of her work, last year." - The Sunday Telegraph | Sunday Mirror

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