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Geldof_bob_1PETER LILLEY AND BOB GELDOF TO SPEARHEAD GLOBAL POVERTY POLICY GROUP

Independent: "Bob Geldof has agreed to work with the Tories on a world poverty group being set up by David Cameron, the Conservative leader.  Mr Cameron has appointed Peter Lilley, a former Cabinet minister, to head the commission. His co-operation with Mr Geldof, who has warmly praised Tony Blair's initiatives at the G8 for Africa, will be seen as a further attempt to steer the Tories towards "caring Conservatism".  Senior Tories emphasised that Mr Geldof was acting in a non-party role."

FT: "One of the driving forces behind Tony Blair's Commission for Africa, Mr Geldof has criticised and commended in equal measure the government's efforts to boost aid spending and debt relief. His involvement in the Tory policy review is a small coup for Mr Cameron. But a spokesman made it clear that Mr Geldof would "feed in ideas" as a way of converting the Conservatives to the agenda outlined by the Commission for Africa, a plan for higher aid spending, immediate debt relief and fair trade."

BnpBNP ATTEMPTS TO INFILTRATE WEAK TORY ASSOCIATIONS

Guardian: "The Conservatives yesterday warned local activists in marginal seats to guard against attempts by the British National party to infiltrate their ranks and "befriend malcontents" in an attempt to wreck David Cameron's hopes of a Tory revival.  In a Christmas message to supporters the BNP's leader, Nick Griffin, is urging them to join local Tory associations "as ordinary new members won over by media publicity about the leadership election", and to work hard to establish solid credentials."

LETWIN REDISTRIBUTION ROW

Telegraph readers respond to Oliver Letwin's redistribution interview.

IAIN DUNCAN SMITH INTERVIEW

BBCi: "Conservative leader David Cameron must not become "obsessed" by Tony Blair's departure, his predecessor Iain Duncan Smith has warned.  Mr Duncan Smith, who was ousted in 2003, said the priority was to "put the squeeze" on Liberal Democrats."

OTHER CONSERVATIVE NEWS

Telegraph: Tory and LibDem peers plan new year attempt to make Tony Blair's ID card scheme voluntary.

EfpAlex Salmond criticises David Cameron's fishing policy: "Mr Cameron said during his leadership election campaign that fishing would take a lower priority in his approach to changing the UK's relationship to the EU.  He said control of fisheries should be at national or regional level, but that it was important to give priority to withdrawal from social and workplace regulations rather than fisheries.  But Ted Brocklebank, the Scottish Tory fisheries spokesman, has defiantly stood up for the previous position, which was to make a priority of pulling Britain out of the CFP. It would be possible for the Scottish party to have a different policy from their colleagues at Westminster, but it would be meaningless unless the party in London was committed to implementing it." (The Herald) 

Mirror: "Two Tory MPs were among thousands of toffs who turned up yesterday at the first Boxing Day hunts since the ban on killing foxes came in.  Stephen O'Brien and Ed Vaizey were there to pursue the sport despite the fact 72 per cent of Britons back the law that ended it.  Wantage and Didcot MP Vaizey, below, addressed riders at a meeting in Oxfordshire. The 250 hunts used scent trails instead of foxes. But animal campaigners claim they are still killed."

Scottish Conservatives claim biggest student membership - BBCi.

Davies_philipBBCi: "The Conservative Party are considering adopting a tactic from their New Zealand counterparts and appointing a "political correctness eradicator".  Tory MP Philip Davies, who was elected this year, said he wanted to wage a campaign against "this silliness.""

OTHER CONSERVATIVE COMMENTARY

Times: "[Mr Cameron] has to ensure that no one who uses or works in the public services should automatically assume that the Conservative Party is an enemy. He will use a new tone to bring about a changed mood. Over the past 200 years only five Tory leaders changed the party’s public discourse significantly: Pitt the Younger, Peel, Disraeli, Macmillan and Thatcher. David Cameron will be the sixth."

Andrew Murray of the TGWU writes in The Guardian about the "campaign for capitalism" he launched at a recent CBI conference: "After 26 years of Thatcherite and Thatcher-lite governments, which have not only practised capitalism but also preached it without stint, "far too many people", according to the man who would be prime minister, are yet to get it. This is not for want of opportunity to appreciate the virtues of capitalism, profit and the rest. One thing that the past generation in Britain has not lacked is an unabashed campaign for capitalism."

OTHER NEWS

The Guardian: "The government will announce plans next month for a national zero tolerance campaign against kerb crawlers and street prostitution after shelving plans to introduce licensed "red light" zones."

Telegraph: Labour is building on the greenbelt.

OTHER COMMENTARY

Wall Street Journal: How the John M Olin Foundation invested in conservative ideas.

Kathleen Parker, TownHall.com: "Bloggers persist no matter their contributions or quality, though most would have little to occupy their time were the mainstream media to disappear tomorrow. Some bloggers do their own reporting, but most rely on mainstream reporters to do the heavy lifting. Some bloggers also offer superb commentary, but most babble, buzz and blurt like caffeinated adolescents competing for the Ritalin generation's inevitable senior superlative: Most Obsessive-Compulsive."

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