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Newslinks for Sunday 17th June 2012

Euro6.45pm International: Greek elections rolling blog/open thread

3.30pm ToryDiary updateHammond defends Army cuts, saying equipment budget is improved

12.45pm WATCH: Lord Mandelson: "The trade unions need to re-think and re-make themselves for a new century."

9.30am ToryDiary: The Cabinet Office note that bars Ministers from attending Olympic freebies

ToryDiary: Hammond finds funds for new generation of nuclear weapons to replace Trident (and annoy the Lib Dems)

Columnist Nadine Dorries MP: Free speech on the internet cannot go unpoliced

Flight HowardLord Flight on Comment: David Cameron should govern with Conservative convictions on behalf of the silent majority

LeftWatch: Cameron's net dissatisfaction rating falls to the same level as Miliband's - but that's before Tory HQ has painted Miliband as Dukakis II

Local Government: The subsidy for council rent can be over £1,000 a week

Conservatives plot revenge for Liberal Democrat 'betrayal' over Jeremy Hunt

HUNT JEREMY"Conservative MPs have said they will derail Nick Clegg’s plans to reform the House of Lords in revenge for the Liberal Democrats’ failure to support Jeremy Hunt... Tory MPs and peers are to gather on Tuesday to plot a way to stop the Government’s Bill progressing through Parliament. ... Tracey Crouch [MP] said ... “I have been very struck by how many colleagues in the party now feel liberated by the way the Liberals voted on Jeremy Hunt and now are ready to vote against the Government’s Lords Reform Bill.”" - Sunday Telegraph

"But the ire of the backbenchers is nothing compared with the rage of Tory Cabinet Ministers. ... One fumes: ‘This is really serious. It is not going to be pleasant for Jeremy to walk in the Cabinet room and see five b******s there who didn’t vote for him.’" - James Forsyth for the Mail on Sunday

  • Nick Clegg urged Jeremy Hunt to refer himself to adviser on ministerial code - Observer

Iain Martin: Leadership trying to undo Labour poll lead by concentrating on Tory credentials

"Stung by the reaction to the botched Budget and mindful of the strong opinion poll lead which Labour has opened up, there has been a concerted effort in recent weeks by the Conservative leadership to emphasise Tory themes. ... The Tories hope to differentiate themselves from their erstwhile Coalition partners and reconnect with Conservative-leaning voters." - Iain Martin for the Sunday Telegraph

After Gove warned Leveson not to shut journalists up, Leveson tried to shut Gove up

GOVE MICHAEL NW"Lord Justice Leveson phoned Whitehall’s most senior mandarin and demanded that ... Gove – who claimed the inquiry had created a ‘chilling atmosphere’ towards freedom of speech – should be gagged. In the angry call to Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood, the judge claimed that if Ministers were not silenced, his inquiry... would be rendered worthless." - Mail on Sunday

  • David Cameron survives the Leveson Inquiry but his harshest test is still to come - Matthew d'Ancona for the Sunday Telegraph
  • The PM has been horribly exposed by the Leveson Inquiry. What's more, he seems not to have thought about the issues confronting it - John Rentoul for the Independent on Sunday
  • Michael Gove's own experts revolt over 'punitive' model for curriculum - Observer

Philip Hammond paves the way for Trident nuclear deterrent replacement

HAMMOND-PHILIP-BIG-BEN"Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, will reveal the scheme to build a new nuclear deterrent in a move which will cause tensions with the Liberal Democrats. He will announce a deal ordering nuclear reactors for a new class of submarines to replace the current Vanguard fleet, which carries Britain’s Trident nuclear arsenal." - Sunday Telegraph

  • "The Duke of Wellington’s Regiment which has stood up to history’s most fearsome tyrants could finally be beaten — by swingeing cuts to our Armed Forces." - Sun on Sunday

Iain Duncan Smith to cut benefits for workers who go on strike

Duncan Smith On Marr"Ministers will halt the working tax credits of claimants who take action ... Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said: “It is wrong that the current system compensates workers and tops up their income when they strike. This is unfair to taxpayers and creates perverse incentives.” ... Under rules drawn up in 1948, claimants can still get it for up to ten days while striking. But ministers want to change the system as part of the flagship new Universal Credit." - Sun on Sunday

  • Campbell's diaries tell how Bush threatened to 'get rid of' Iain Duncan Smith if he failed to back Blair over Iraq - Mail on Sunday

> Yesterday on MPsETC: Lord Freud announces that half of those in work experience placements have found full time jobs

Cameron and Osborne to axe subsidies for onshore wind farms by 2020

Wind turbines"David Cameron and George Osborne are to come down firmly on the side of those who object to payments currently worth £400 million a year to companies who produce onshore wind ... Despite opposition from the Liberal Democrats ... the subsidy regime for onshore wind and solar panels is now firmly expected to be phased out by the end of the decade." - Sunday Telegraph

  • The World Economy Beast is beyond your control, George Osborne - Janet Daley for the Sunday Telegraph

> From yesterday - Adam Bruce on Comment: Contrary to popular opinion, wind energy cuts electricity bills and boosts economic growth

Cameron presses for Qatada solution with King of Jordan

"In Downing Street talks the Prime Minister and the king agreed the UK and Jordanian governments would continue working to find a way to return the cleric, described by a judge as Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe. The pair also discussed envoy Kofi Annan's peace plan for Syria and the need for direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians." - AP

  • "Three senior immigration judges have allowed 26 foreign criminals to stay in Britain because of their “right to family life” in the past year, while ruling that only seven should be sent home" - Sunday Telegraph

Dominic Raab MP: Britain is sleep-walking into a surveillance society with the Government's new plans

Raab Dom"First, intrusive surveillance should be confined to counterterrorism and serious crime. Second, access to our personal data should be restricted to the police and intelligence agencies. ... Third, and critically, these powers should be subject to judicial warrant. Magistrates can approve warrants at any time of the day or night. In serious cases, such as Bellfield’s and Huntley’s, they would never be refused. The state has no automatic right to peer into our private lives. It holds our personal data on trust — which was wrecked by the last government. Based on these plans, the coalition will have an uphill struggle to restore it." - Dominic Raab MP for the Sunday Times (£)

Baroness Warsi and the 'extremist' who went to Downing Street - Sunday Telegraph

Fathers could be forced to be named on birth certificates 

"The controversial move is one of a range of options being considered by David Cameron, who is keen to help promote fathers’ feelings of responsibility for their infants. At the moment, only the mother’s name must be officially registered. If there is no father’s name on the certificate, he will be described as “unknown”." - Sunday Telegraph

Lord Tebbit backs plans for Big Society Hospital - Sunday Telegraph

Nadine Dorries regrets not punishing internet trolls - Sunday Times (£)

Miliband unveils plans for anti-austerity alliance in Europe

Miliband Ed Yes 2"Mr Miliband reveals he is discussing with François Hollande, the French president, a new gathering of centre-left EU leaders who would effectively act as a rival force in Europe against the "old order" of Mr Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Mr Miliband says President Hollande is "very enthusiastic" about such a gathering." - Independent on Sunday

> From yesterday:

Jon Cruddas – the maverick MP trying to lead Labour out of the wilderness - Observer interview with the man in charge of Labour's policy review

Pro-union campaign in Scotland will be named "a stronger Scotland, a United Kingdom" - Scotland on Sunday

Greece holds key elections over EU bailout

Euro"The polls have opened in Greece for crucial elections which could determine the country's future in the eurozone. The main contenders, the left-wing Syriza and right-wing New Democracy, are at odds over whether broadly to stick with the tough EU bailout deal, or reject it and boost social spending. EU leaders say that to reject it would lead Greece out of the eurozone." - BBC

  • Merkel warns Greek voters over austerity measures - ITV

> Yesterday on ToryDiary: Minister breaks ranks - "Ultimately right", says Nick Herbert, for people to have referendum to "resettle relationship" with EU

Gay religious weddings ‘supported by 68% of Scots’ - Scotland on Sunday

Compensation scheme for high-speed rail link delayed - Observer

100 doctors a year take £3m pension - Sunday Times (£)

> Yesterday on ToryDiary: Andrew Lansley wants GPs to make up for upcoming strike by working next weekend

Social housing tenants 'will face poverty' from benefits shake-up - Observer

Olympic park workers 'blacklisted over political views' - Observer

And finally... Alastair Campbell in the thick of it over honours row with Armando Iannucci - Scotland on Sunday

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