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Saturday 8th April 2006

DAVID CAMERON: WE MUST FAST FORWARD TO THE NEW CONSERVATIVE PARTY

+ 'Let us be the change' says Mahatma Cameron

Birdflu_1 BLOGS

ToryDiary: UKIP continue to enjoy the oxygen of publicity and Tories and Labour both at 35%.

YourPlatform: Donal Blaney's latest Law of the Public Policy Process - You cannot make friends of your enemies by making enemies of your friends - has something to say about this week's UKIP row.

PREVIEW OF DAVID CAMERON'S SPRING FORUM SPEECH

FT: "David Cameron will today confront opponents of change within his party, using his first conference address as party leader to insist the transformation of the Conservatives has to be accelerated and "go wider and deeper".  "Now is not the time to put our foot on the brake. Now is the time to fast-forward to a new Conservative party," Mr Cameron will tell delegates at the spring conference in Manchester."

The Independent: "David Cameron will face down party members today who want the Conservative Party to sound more like it did in the old days - the party of tax cuts and private health.  In words reminiscent of Tony Blair's many lectures to the Labour Party, he will tell them the only problem with the party under his leadership is that it is not changing fast enough."

The Sun: "In his first party conference speech as leader, he will admit that the Tories’ rank and file — and many MPs — are struggling with the pace of change.  They are furious at the way he has dumped traditional Conservative policies on issues like crime, schools, the NHS and the environment."

OTHER SPRING FORUM LINKS

Times: Heseltine rouses Tory faithful

Iain Dale likes Manchester as a conference venue.

EDWARD GARNIER ON PRISONS

BBCi: "The Tories have pledged to revamp Britain's prison system to cut re-offending saying it was "wasting lives and wasting money".  Tory prisons spokesman Edward Garnier told The Times he had been on a "massive voyage of discovery" since taking over his brief.  Former leader Michael Howard is still remembered as the home secretary whose slogan was "prison works."  Mr Garnier said prisoners needed better education and more drug treatment."

UKIP ROW

Simon Heffer, The Daily Telegraph: "It's all very well abusing your core vote, provided you can find others to vote for you instead: but the UKIP blunder has simply served to remind everyone of Dave's inexperience, stupidity and shallowness, and that is hardly going to help drum up support."

Bnp_2 BNP IN TURMOIL

Guardian: "The British National party was riven last night over its decision to select the grandson of an asylum seeker to fight a seat in next month's local elections.  Sharif Abdel Gawad, whom the BNP describes as a "totally assimilated Greek-Armenian", was chosen to stand in a Bradford ward as part of the party's biggest ever electoral push.  The decision has provoked a backlash among BNP hardliners who described Mr Gawad as an "ethnic" who should be barred from the party on race grounds."

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