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Teatime newslinks for Monday 24th October 2011

EU REFERENDUM VOTE

CAMERON IN THE COMMONS - LIBYA AND THE EU

  • Clegg, Osborne, Hague, Gove and Pickles were all on the frontbench for the PM's statement. 
  • Libya: "After 42 years of tyranny, the NTC declared the formal liberation of their country. This was Libya’s revolution, but Britain can be proud of the role we played throughout. The decision to intervene militarily is never an easy one. We were determined from the outset to campaign in the correct way, and learn the lessons of recent interventions. We took great care that targeting decisions took care to minimise the number of civilian causalities. The military mission is now coming to an end, and in the next few days Operation Unified protector will formally be concluded."
  • The EU: "It is not the right time at this moment of economic crisis to launch in/out legislation. When your neighbour’s house is on fire, your first impulse should be to help them to put out the flames, not least to stop the flames reaching your house. ... We disagree about means, no about aims. The time for reforms is coming, let us not be distracted from seizing it." - PolHome (£)
  • Cameron told the House: "I'm a liberal conservative." (Sometimes he's a pragmatic conservative, sometimes he's a common-sense conservative.) 
  • Paul Waugh tweets: "Clegg looking unimpressed as Cam talks of need to talk to Coalition partners re 'opportunity' of future treaty change"

EU POLLWATCH

  • Guardian/ICM poll shows 70% of voters want a vote on Britain's EU membership. 49% want out, 40% want in. Tory voters are split 56/32 to leave.

OTHER TORY & POLITICAL NEWS

  • "Iain Duncan Smith told the House of Commons today that the previous Government's decision to scrap training schemes for 16-18 year olds was "one of the most short sighted decisions any government's ever made."" - PolHome (£)
  • Red Toryism is on its deathbed – so put the champagne on ice - Will Heaven
  • Jill Pay, the Serjeant at Arms, will retire on the first of the next month.
  • The Ministry of Justice has released statistics concerning offenders convicted in the riots this summer. They are available here (pdf)
  • Independent Labour MP Denis MacShane tweets: "Some Tory MP wearing a poppy. It's not even November". 

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