Newslinks for Sunday 2nd October 2011
6pm ToryDiary: Hague rallies support for coalition
12.15am Iain Martin's Conference Diary: Sunday's edition
10.45am ToryDiary: Former Iraq Colonel Tim Collins wants to be Kent's police commissioner
Also on ToryDiary: MPs to get vote on In/Out EU referendum
David Mundell MP on Comment: I cannot support winding up the Scottish Conservatives and I'm endorsing Ruth Davidson
Murdo Fraser MSP on Comment: "We are the true modernisers"
Ruth Lea on our Columnists Page: The City is a great asset – but under threat
The Right List, day three: Michael Gove
David Cameron in pledge to boost "right to buy" scheme
"He will announce proposals to increase discounts offered to tenants in England who want to buy their council house. The original scheme was criticised for cutting the stock of social housing but the PM, who is in Manchester for the Tory conference, will say a new home should be built for every one sold. The changes are expected to be included in a housing strategy later this year." - BBC
- David Cameron plans land release to boost growth - Observer
Cameron: I'm not "one of the lads"
"British Prime Minister David Cameron has apologised, in an interview published on Sunday, after he was criticised for being disrespectful in comments he made to two female lawmakers. Cameron came under fire after suggesting Nadine Dorries, a lawmaker from his own Conservative party, was "extremely frustrated" and telling opposition Labour MP Angela Eagle to "calm down, dear." But he insisted in an interview with the Sunday Times newspaper that he was not "one of the lads" and admitted he had made a "terrible mistake" by making the remarks during two recent sessions of his weekly grilling in parliament." - AFP
- Cameron's patronising manner stokes women's anger against the coalition - Observer
As with yesterday, this morning's papers contain an onslaught of pre-conference interviews with Ministers.
Interview one: Home Secretary: scrap the Human Rights Act
"Mrs May uses an interview with The Sunday Telegraph to warn that the Act is hampering the Home Office’s struggle to deport dangerous foreign criminals and terrorist suspects. “I’d personally like to see the Human Rights Act go because I think we have had some problems with it,” she says." - Sunday Telegraph
- Not the nasty party: the Conservatives have changed significantly, says Theresa May - Sunday Telegraph
Interview two: William Hague snubs Tory right over EU membership referendum demands
"But in a sign that life in government has had a profound influence, he also freely points out that in his time as foreign secretary he has seen evidence of the 27-nation bloc operating as a powerful, collective force for good in the world. As a result, he does not believe it would ever be in the UK's interest to think of leaving. Asked if the government might grant a referendum on UK membership of the EU, he says "no", arguing one would be called only to approve or reject further transfers of sovereignty: "Our place is in the European Union." - Observer
- William Hague: 'We have to build new alliances with the emerging powers' - Observer
Interview three: Francis Maude is rude about Conservative opposition to HS2 and planning reforms
"Senior Conservative cabinet minister Francis Maude today describes opposition to the Government's controversial planning reforms – from the National Trust and Tory grassroots – as "bollocks", and says he has no sympathy for their position. He also claims it is "insane" that, in the interests of economic growth, that there is not already a high-speed rail line running the length of the country." - Independent on Sunday
Interview four: Eric Pickles leads clarion call to arms
"“If local authorities are making reductions and people are being made redundant while others are retiring early or not seeing pay increases, I think it is obscene that chief executives are feathering their nests. How could they look the public and their workers in the eye?” ... Mr Pickles’s bid to overhaul the planning system, however, has seen him locked in battle with core Tory voters. ... Mr Pickles admits it has not been his department’s finest hour. “After the initial stage of grumpiness wore off, we did recognise that people had concerns,” he said." - Sunday Express
The Independent on Sunday previews the new book by five Conservative MPs - "After the Coalition"
"One of the opening lines of the most talked-about book of this year's conference season reads: "It is unlikely that the Conservative Party will fight for a further five years of coalition government in 2015." The authors cannot, with confidence, use the word "impossible", which reveals a growing tension within the party that will hang over this week's conference in Manchester: on the one side are the arch-coalitionists, some in the Cabinet, who would prefer to carry on with the Liberal Democrats after 2015 and, on the other, a growing band of MPs who want David Cameron to set out a distinctive right-wing manifesto to crush Nick Clegg's party on polling day. We can call this group the New Right and it includes, though not exclusively, MPs elected in 2010." - Independent on Sunday
James Forsyth: Maggie’s Lord Fixit is back... now wait for the fireworks
"As the Tory Party meets in Manchester, there’s news to cheer the faithful: Margaret Thatcher’s favourite Cabinet Minister is returning to Downing Street. Lord Young, Thatcher’s Employment and Trade and Industry Secretary, is to help a No 10-led push to boost enterprise. Young will set about cutting red tape and making Britain a better place to do business. It is all part of David Cameron’s determination to, in his own words, ‘get aggressive about growth’." - Mail on Sunday
Protesters to greet Tory conference
"Tens of thousands of demonstrators are set to descend on Manchester as the Conservative Party conference opens in the city. Up to 30,000 protesters are expected to take part in the event, marching past the heavily guarded venue where Prime Minister David Cameron's party is gathered. Organised by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), it has been billed as a march and rally for "The Alternative - jobs, growth, justice" in opposition to the coalition Government's cuts to public services and pensions." - Press Association
Britain's nuclear spending soars amid defence cuts - Observer
Tim Montgomerie and Stephan Shakespeare: To win a majority, the Tories must take a long, hard look at themselves
"If it is again to become the governing party, the Tory party needs to recommit to modernisation, but to a superior form of modernisation. Until it establishes the sense that the party is on the side of the little guy, it goes into every election with one hand tied behind its back. It must make a real difference to the lives of people who don’t care about politics, but who feel the real effects of bad government in their everyday struggles. If it can do so, it will once again be the most potent political party in the Western world. It will occupy the whole stage, as the One Nation party of economic efficiency and of social justice." - Sunday Telegraph
Norman Tebbit: Cameron must escape never-never land
"He should be open with both his party and the country, making plain what he would have liked to have done had his loveless partnership with the Lib Dems allowed him to do so. He should say that left to himself he would not have let a penny of British taxpayers money go to delaying and worsening the inevitable disaster in the eurozone, nor would he have agreed to further EU intrusion into our employment laws. He should add that he would have repealed the Human Rights Act long ago and if the European Court of Human Rights persists in interfering with our right to decide who may enter and stay in our country, or whether British criminals in British prisons should have the right to vote, he would press his coalition partners to agree to leave the Convention on Human Rights too." - Independent on Sunday
Janet Daley: The Tories must make clear what they really believe in
"Is it “modernising” or “Right-wing” to believe that competition among state schools will enhance the life chances of all children, especially the disadvantaged? Or that a reformed benefit system which does not penalise people for working will be more, not less, fair? Or that giving people more choice will improve the quality of public services for everyone? Answer: both. Somebody has to say, with visceral conviction, that Right-of-centre policies are often far more progressive (and modern) than the reactionary old statist solutions." - Sunday Telegraph
- Matthew d'Ancona: David Cameron needs to win the voters' hearts as well as their minds
- Andrew Rawnsley: For want of a plan for tomorrow the Tories go back to yesterday
Tories told: Lay off ‘feeble’ Miliband because Labour won't win next election if he's in charge - Mail on Sunday
Osborne will change course, says Alistair Darling - Independent on Sunday
The Independent on Sunday reviews Ed's first year as leader: Is this the end of the beginning – or the beginning of the end?
"By the middle of last week, after a procession of Labour figures had expressed everything from mild embarrassment to profound regret over the sins of the last government, even Ed Miliband's closest colleagues were becoming agitated. "We've just got to stop apologising," one Labour grandee lamented on Wednesday morning." - Independent on Sunday
And finally... Blair's babes, Cameron's cuties... Mili's fillies? - The Sunday Mirror invents a term
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