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Newslinks for Saturday 5th May 2012

7.30pm MPsETC updateGavin Barwell MP says the election results were "a message that the Government's performance over the last couple of months hasn't been good enough"

5pm Andrew Griffiths MP on Comment: To make amends for his company's Falklands video mistake, Sir Martin Sorrell should donate the fee to veterans' charities

3pm MPsETC update: Zac Goldsmith MP says the lesson of Boris' win is simple; "in addition to liking him, people broadly believe he means what he says."

2pm ToryDiary: Can you imagine what some Tories would say about Cameron if he led a gay pride march in a pink Stetson?

Cameron congratulates Boris

1.30pm WATCH: "It was a campaign the whole Conservative Party got behind" - David Cameron congratulates Boris on his victory

Debois-nick12.45pm MPsETC update: Nick de Bois MP urges Cameron to drop distractions like Lords reform and focus on delivering "Conservative wins" on human rights and immigration

12.30pm ToryDiary: Ed Miliband makes fewer mid-term gains than William Hague but Britain has only swallowed 15% of the Coalition's medicine

12.15pm WATCH: What will Ken Livingstone do now? "I've got quite a bit of gardening to catch up on"

11.45am International: Canada stands up for sensible environmental policies and rejects unilateral economic disarmament

10am LISTEN: Boris Johnson: "Yes, yes, absolutely" - I am not standing for Parliament in 2015

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ToryDiary: Boris wins mayoral election

Columnist Bruce Anderson: What should Cameron learn from so many lost Tory seats? Nothing.

Yeo-TimMPsETC update: Reflecting on election results, Tim Yeo MP warns that prioritising Lords reform will seem "bonkers" to voters

Local government: Refugee from Iran becomes Conservatives' only Cambridge councillor

Christopher Howarth: If the Conservatives’ UKIP problem looks bad now, wait until 2014

The Deep End: The most important effect of a change of leadership in France would be to bring differences over the Eurozone out into the open

WATCH: Ken Livingstone congratulates Boris on being re-elected and setting himself up as the next Tory leader

WATCH: Boris Johnson's re-election speech

Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, Nottingham, Coventry, Wakefield and Bradford reject city mayors but Bristol says Yes - Daily Mail

  • "The Prime Minister’s flagship policy to drive growth in the regions by installing London-style mayors in England’s largest cities lay in tatters last night, as the public rejected the plan in nine of the 10 cities holding votes." - Yorkshire Post
  • Times leader (£): "The Government’s campaign to win the referendums was, to say the least, timid."
  • John Redwood claims voters rejected mayors because they feared more politicians would simply raise their taxes.
  • Greg Clark, "who was charged with championing elected mayors, admitted that he was “disappointed” but said the choice was for the local people. “We could have imposed a mayor on every city but we took the view that people should have local debates and come to their own view,” he said. He denied that it was a blow for localism. “Irrespective of whether we have a mayor or not, we need to have more powers in all of our cities,” he said." - Times (£)
  • "Miliband must be almost as relieved about the "no" votes as he was about Labour's performance more widely. He was alarmed about the cost of possible by-elections caused by MPs leaving to fight mayoral contests." - Steve Richards in The Independent

Boris Johnson has won a second term as London mayor, beating Labour rival Ken Livingstone by 3.7% in the first round and 3% after second preferences had been counted - BBC

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  • Emotional Ken Livingstone announces retirement from politics after losing London Mayor election to Boris Johnson - Daily Mail
  • The Conservatives lost two seats on the London Assembly - Telegraph
  • FT (£): "Mr Johnson campaigned on securing investment in London infrastructure, creating 200,000 jobs and building another 55,000 affordable homes by 2015, among other economic pledges. But his immediate focus will be July’s Olympics, when City Hall’s preparations for the world’s biggest sporting spectacular will be put to the test."

Boris Johnson's winning brand of conservatism

"Boris Johnson is to tell David Cameron that his brand of "compassionate cosmopolitan Conservatism" provides the best chance for the party to rejuvenate itself across Britain and secure an overall parliamentary majority at the next general election. In a clear signal that he will continue to differentiate himself from his fellow Etonian, Johnson will say that "bone-dry" Tory economics can triumph if the party appeals beyond its traditional base on social issues." - Guardian

  • Tom Newton-Dunn: "What’s worse for Cameron, from this morning every single Tory MP will be quietly wondering whether proven winner Boris Johnson should now be in his shoes." - (Bottom of this Sun link)

Crosby LyntonNick Wood credits Lynton Crosby, Boris' campaign manager, with helping achieve the victory

"he ran a highly disciplined campaign. Or rather, his campaign manager Lynton Crosby, who delivered four election victories for arch-Conservative John Howard in Australia in the 1990s, ran a highly disciplined campaign. In another life, Lynton would have been a gum-chewing, sledging Aussie cricket captain, crucifying the Poms on the cross of savage fast bowling, gritty batsmanship and superb fielding. No wonder that he took apart Labour's London election machine. Rather than relying on the rickety Tory organisation, Lynton set up his own operation with entirely predictable results." - Nick Wood in the Daily Mail

  • 'Boris Johnson would make as good a Prime Minister as Ed Miliband'... but not as good as Cameron - ITV

Given the pressures on the Tories, it's surprising they didn't do worse - Paul Goodman in The Guardian

"A four-point drop in the Tory vote in the English council elections as compared with last year represented an unwelcome confirmation of the message of those polls. Still, for now, the Tories can reasonably regard their electoral difficulties as worrying rather than serious." - John Curtice in The Independent

Tory MPs demand that Cameron changes course - Huffington Post | FT (£)

Backbenchers urge PM to adopt more right-wing policies after failure at the polls - Independent

"Right-wingers led by David Davis and John Redwood will argue that a more radical economic strategy is needed, proposing targeted tax cuts, deeper spending cuts and an end to expensive environmental regulation. The Prime Minister is under pressure to champion more traditional Conservative policies on law and order and education. Eurosceptic Tories also want Mr Cameron to consider offering a referendum on Britain’s future in the EU." - Daily Mail

The thing they call a "lurch to the Right" is actually a lurch towards the public's priorities - Telegraph leader

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16222365Simon Heffer blames Lib Dem influence for many of the Coalition's woes

"The problem is that the Lib Dems have inflicted their cranky and unpopular policies on the country as the price of their role as Coalition partners. For example: despite the urgent need for far more radical spending cuts and a huge reduction in the overall burden of taxation to stimulate consumption and growth, the Lib Dems oppose such a programme and thus limit George Osborne’s room for manoeuvre. They have also leant on the Tories to soft-pedal on immigration policy, and to avoid a confrontation with the increasingly absurd European Court of Human Rights. The Lib Dems’ hand can also be detected in the growing resistance within the Coalition to Iain Duncan Smith’s eminently sensible welfare reforms. And the persistence in the destructive, expensive and fatuous policy of covering our countryside and shoreline with wind turbines has, sadly, outlived its inventor, Lib Dem Chris Huhne." - Simon Heffer in the Daily Mail

Get rid of the distractions and relaunch a new, improved, slim-line Coalition - Charles Moore in The Daily Telegraph

  • Macer Hall in the Express: "Earlier this year, after backing tough sentences for rioters and standing up to the EU, Mr Cameron’s popularity was soaring. Months of blunders and sucking up to Mr Clegg have wasted that success. Mr Cameron must use next week’s Queen’s Speech Parliamentary programme and his imminent Cabinet reshuffle to show that his heart really is in being a truly Tory Prime Minister."
  • The Sun: "Britain wants the PM to show he gets all this — by scrapping the pasty tax, cutting fuel prices, curbing immigration and defying Europe. He should seize this chance to put the Lib Dems — slaughtered at the polls — in their place and reshape the Government, axing useless dinosaurs like Ken Clarke and bringing in fresher faces we all relate to."

"Mr Cameron must smash his way out of this, and fast. He fights best when he’s cornered — and, I begin to fear, only when he’s cornered. So he must be persuaded that he’s cornered. Perhaps these election results will help." - Matthew Parris in The Times (£)

LibDemDeadLiberal Democrats collapsing in local government but holding up better where they have MPs

"Since the turn of the year, he has adopted a strategy of "differentiation", claiming credit for Lib Dem measures such as the rise in tax thresholds, while distancing his party from things it would not have done, like cutting the 50p top rate of income tax. His critics will not detect much payback at the ballot box." - Andrew Grice in The Independent

  • Lib Dems lose 9 of 10 seats up for grabs in Liverpool - Guardian
  • "If there was a symbol of the Liberal Democrats' discomfiture as their vote plummeted across Scotland and the rest of the UK, it came in the shape of a penguin. In the Pentland Hills ward for Edinburgh city council, the Lib Dem candidate won fewer votes than Professor Pongoo, or independent candidate Mike Ferrigan, who ran his campaign in a full penguin suit." - Guardian

Silver lining for Lib Dems is their vote held up better in areas where they have MPs - Guardian

DNULALabour are back throughout country, says Ed Miliband - BBC

"Mr Miliband saw his party make inroads into the south of England, seizing key councils such as Southampton, Exeter, Plymouth, Reading and Harlow and even snatching seats in Mr Cameron’s own Witney constituency in Oxfordshire." - Yorkshire Post | Times (£)

  • "Labour won about 38% of the popular vote, still short of the magic 40% deemed indicative of general election victory, and way off the 43% Tony Blair recorded in local polls in 1996. But if the gains were not sufficient – as Miliband himself put it, Labour still has "work to do" – they are certainly necessary." - Jonathan Freedland in The Guardian
  • Daily Mail leader: "The results represented a good(ish) night for Labour but Ed Miliband – while now far more secure in his job after winning 38 per cent of the vote – hardly made the breakthrough required of a party facing a mid-term government in the middle of an economic crisis. For example, his seven point lead over the Tories compares to a 16 point advantage enjoyed by Mr Cameron over Labour at the 2008 local elections."

Labour's 800-seat gain means Ed Miliband WILL lead party into next election - Daily Mail

  • Ed Miliband gets egged while walking about Southampton - The Sun

573324885Labour revived its hopes of a comeback against the SNP on Friday night, after winning a totemic battle to maintain its hold on Glasgow and scoring a string of victories across the country in council elections - Scotsman

"The SNP took overall control in Dundee and Angus, and has more councillors than any other party – a total of 424 after adding 57 to the number going into the election. It is also the largest party in 10 local authorities. Mr Salmond said it was a "substantial achievement" and a "major step forward for the SNP and for Scotland". However, Labour is close behind with 394 councillors after increasing its number by 58." - Herald

  • Ed Miliband has won a stunning and unexpected victory in Scotland. This is good news for the Union - Iain Martin in The Telegraph

573286804Labour also win big in Wales

"Winning the “big three” of Cardiff, Swansea and Newport – completing a hat trick over rivals the Liberal Democrats, who suffered a torrid time in the polls. Labour also managed to snatch the Vale of Glamorgan from the Conservatives as well make gains from Plaid Cymru." - Western Mail

By linking UKIP to the BNP, Baroness Warsi is insulting voters she should be trying to win over - Simon Richards in the Daily Mail

"The arrival of UKIP as a significant force in British politics has given disgruntled Conservatives an alternative choice. In seats where UKIP stood on Thursday it attracted 14 per cent of the vote despite having no chance of returning significant numbers of councillors." - Express

UKIP "Activists were disappointed to get only five per cent in the Greater London Assembly elections, behind the Greens who got eight per cent. Insiders blamed an error that left the party’s name off ballot papers with only the slogan “a fresh choice for London” appearing instead." - Express

Downing Street panics as Brooks and Coulson prepare to face Leveson - Independent

Former top civil servant Gus O'Donnell claims official analysis shows top rate of tax should be 48% - Daily Mail

Evidence that children raised in standard two-parent families fare better is so strong that it takes a wilful perversion to ignore it - Graeme Archer in The Telegraph

And finally... Louise Mensch is The Sun's Hero of the week for standing up to bullies on Twitter.

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