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Friday 28th April 2006

6pm ToryDiary update: Five serious reconvictions so far.

Haveyoursay_22pm ToryDiary update:
APRIL SURVEY IS NOW LIVE

Conservatives back Friends of the Earth's small shops campaign - conservatives.com

Noon ToryDiary update:
BBC and Prescott struck by Pollard's double whammy 

BLOGS

Frum_david_1Interview blog: David Frum answers your questions

ToryDiary:

SNP WIN MORAY BY-ELECTION

SNP - Richard Lochhead 12,653
Tory - Mary Scanlon 6,268
Lib Dems - Linda Gorn 5,310
Labour - Sandy Keith 2,696
NHSFirst - Melville Brown 493

More on BBCi.

HOW LONG UNTIL PRESCOTT QUITS...?

"Tory backbenchers and the Liberal Democrats yesterday claimed that the deputy prime minister, John Prescott, may have broken the ministerial code of conduct by allowing his civil servant diary secretary to become involved in the Labour election campaign." - Guardian

"The future of John Prescott as Deputy Prime Minister was called into doubt by Labour MPs last night amid fears that his affair with a junior civil servant has made his party a laughing stock as it campaigns for next week’s local elections." - Times

Clarke_5HOW LONG UNTIL CLARKE QUITS...?

"As police and probation officers worked into the night trying to locate the "missing" offenders, Home Office officials conceded that Mr Clarke could be forced to quit if foreign criminals who should have been deported reoffended after release." - Independent

"The sight of politicians desperate to cling on to office not so they can serve the nation, but for their own sake, is now as common as it is contemptible. We repeat: Mr Clarke must go for his shocking failure to uphold the rule of law and protect the public against dangerous criminals." - Telegraph leader

Guido: The search for Clarke's Willie Horton

Peter Riddell pays tribute to Tory MP Richard Bacon for his role in exposing Charles Clarke's manifest failures - Times

THE STATE OF THE TORIES

"The "poll of polls" for The Independent puts Labour and the Tories on 33 per cent wth the Liberal Democrats on 22 per cent, their highest rating since last summer. Labour is down four points since last month and the Tories down two, while the Liberal Democrats are up three points.  John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University, who compiled the weighted average of this month's polls by ICM, MORI, Populus and YouGov, said: "Labour is apparently at its lowest ebb in this parliament, while at the same time the Tories are more or less back to where they were before David Cameron became leader." - Independent

"Can Cameron's Tories turn back the tide that swept them away in Britain's cities?" asks Philip Johnston in The Telegraph.

FRASER NELSON PROVIDES AN INSIDERY ACCOUNT OF DAVID CAMERON'S LOCAL ELECTIONS CAMPAIGN - Spectator

LIBDEMS FACE £2.4m CASHBACK DEMAND - Times

FAITH AND THE FIGHT AGAINST POVERTY

Iain Duncan Smith and Christian socialist Bob Holman write a joint letter to The Guardian upholding the work of faith-based and non-faith-based grassroots poverty-fighters.

OTHER NEWS

Bill Bragg thinks Labour is partly to blame for rise of BNP - ePolitix.com

"Independent MP and AM Peter Law was offered a peerage not to stand against Labour in Blaenau Gwent at the last general election, his widow alleges." - BBCi

Green_welliesCan the green wellies be saved?  "A consortium of investors led by Jonathan Marland, the Conservative Party treasurer, is leading the field of bidders for the Hunter Rubber Company, the wellington boot-maker that collapsed this month.  KPMG, the administrator handling the sale, set a deadline of noon Thursday for final offers for the company, which makes the green wellies worn by the Queen and Madonna." - FT

TechCentralStation.com reviews the 9/11 movie 'United 93'.

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