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Tuesday 7th March 2006

Tuesday_15 5.30pm ToryDiary update: David Davis tackles the lack of action against London's Muslim cartoon protests

BLOGS

ToryDiary: Tories and Labour at 35% 

GoldList: David McIvor believes that candidate selection is going too slowly

IMMIGRATION REFORM

BBCi: "Plans to use a points system to manage UK immigration from outside the EU are due to be outlined by Home Secretary Charles Clarke."

EDUCATION BILL

Guardian: "The Labour frontbench is increasingly convinced it will only be able to clear the education bill through its Commons second reading next Wednesday with the support of the Tories.  It is now thought the government may not be able to cut the rebellion among Labour MPs to below 45 to 50, erasing the government's overall majority of 69 and leaving it dependent on the Tories to see the bill through."

HERMIT LEAVES £50,000 TO TORIES

Mirror:

"Living off porridge and sliced apple, and hunched over his tiny electric fire, Dr William Allsebrook spent his days playing the Stock Market.  Over the years, the 86-year-old recluse built up a £1,980,000 estate - and rarely spent a penny of it...

Dr Allsebrook, a former industrial chemist, lived in virtual isolation in just one room of his ramshackle home in Borrowash, Derbys.  The room was littered with papers, some dating back to the First World War, and yellowing business pages.  Windows were blackened with grime, a conservatory had collapsed and the garden was filled with junk...

It is not known where the bulk of his fortune will go. But he did leave £50,000 to a "delighted" Tory party."

OTHER CONSERVATIVE NEWS & COMMENTARY

Telegraph: "[Lord Heseltine] has been charged with looking not just at regeneration schemes but also at capital projects - such as the Liverpool tram scheme - many of which have been called off under this Government.  Mr Cameron has said he wants "a clear view" of which capital projects are worth doing to accelerate inner-city regeneration."

Willettsdavidsocc_2 David Willetts interviewed in The Guardian:

""Any party that has a sense of history and wants to hold on to what is best in the country inevitably runs the risk of losing touch with the society around it. And you couldcertainly interpret the history of conservatism as a series of moments - as in the 1840s, and in 1906, and in 1945 - when the party's absolutely understandable reverence for tradition has left it disconnected from contemporary Britain. And there is then a crisis in which the party has to remake itself and catch up with the society around it.  After 1906 we made a mess of it, and the mistakes we have made since 1997 are, in many ways, like those we made after 1906. There is an argument that this is a process the party goes through at certain periods in its history. That's why 'modernising' - I don't particularly like the term - is genuinely a Conservative tradition"".

Tim Dowling in The Guardian writes about the wind turbine on David Cameron's new home: "In Cameron's case it looks like a rich man's attempt to procure green credentials in lieu of a policy that might alienate voters or MPs."

JOWELL-GATE

The Guardian notes David Cameron's restrained handling of Jowell-gate.

Bruce Anderson in The Independent: "Anyone who believes that Mills and Jowell is not damaging the Government must be living in a world of Mills & Boon. Huge loans, large douceurs, off-shore bank accounts, a couple rich enough to forget to tell one another about six-figure transactions; a lot of voters will conclude that the Blairites live in a different world; that they have simultaneously become corrupt and lost touch with ordinary peoples' reality. The Mills/Jowell mortgage is also bound to revive memories of Cherie Blair's £500,000 flat purchase, though in that case it was the wife who decided that the transaction was too trivial to mention to the husband."

LIBDEMS

Guardian: "Sir Menzies Campbell yesterday appointed the Liberal Democrats' former leader Paddy Ashdown as a foreign affairs "ambassador" while promoting two new MPs to leading frontbench roles.  Lord Ashdown, who stepped down as high representative for Bosnia-Herzegovina last month, will continue to focus on the Balkans but also address wider issues of conflict resolution and reconstruction, including in relation to Iraq."

DAVID MILIBAND'S BLOG

Zoe Williams in The Guardian: "The weblog is the subversive medium of would-be outsiders: how can it work for politicians?"

ABORTION IN THE USA

Independent: "The governor of South Dakota signed into law on Monday a ban on nearly all abortions in the state, setting up a court fight aimed at challenging the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalised abortion in the United States."

EUROPE AND IRAN

Leon de Winter in the Wall Street Journal: Soft Europe - Is the Continent willing to fight for anything, besides a welfare cheque?

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