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DAVID CAMERON'S MANCHESTER SPEECH

The Observer
: "David Cameron urged The Conservatives yesterday to 'fast-forward' into its future with new ideas to woo parents and pensioners and reward the 'selfless love' of carers."

Sunday Telegraph: "David Cameron faced the biggest challenge of his leadership last night as senior party figures, including a former leader, Iain Duncan Smith, voiced fresh doubt about the Conservatives' electoral prospects.  The Tory leader saw his first party conference speech overshadowed by a series of rows and claims that his reform agenda has run out of steam."

Sunday Times: Tory unease at fragile Cameron

Idsthehawkturneddove IAIN DUNCAN SMITH: THE TORY HAWK TURNED DOVE

Sunday Telegraph: "Mr Duncan Smith made repeatedly clear that he admires the new leader, but, he does not hide the fact that the people he meets in struggling communities are still very cynical about the Tories. "What I have said to David Cameron, is that this is not superficial," he said. "You can't just say we want to come forward with three nice things to do."

THE TORIES NEED DAVID CAMERON

Matthew d'Ancona, Sunday Telegraph: "Mr Cameron, in contrast, believes that the Tories' best electoral hope lies in scooping up Lib Dem voters in Labour marginal seats - and he has sound reasons for thinking this, given that the Conservatives are second in 88 of Labour's 100 most marginal seats. Hence, his uncompromising campaign not only to scorn reactionary parties but to condemn them, and to woo Lib Dem voters with an emphasis upon the environment, global poverty and social justice. His Shadow Cabinet colleagues donned T-shirts and jeans on Friday to join in voluntary work: this is new terrain indeed."

Portillomichael MICHAEL PORTILLO WANTS DAVID CAMERON TO GET NASTY WITH THE PARTY...

Sunday Times: "He should have ratted on whatever promises he had given during the leadership contest to pull out of the EPP and create a married couple’s allowance. He should have dropped yesterday’s men from the shadow cabinet.  Still, he has done much more right than wrong. I blame him only for not yet being forceful enough."

CAMERON'S CREDIBILITY GAP

Andrew Rawnsley in The Observer: "Mr Cameron was right to move quickly to change his party, but the very rapidity of what he has done is bound to breed questions in the mind of the sceptical public about the sincerity and depth of his modernisation of the Conservatives.  When Tony Blair took over the Labour party, it had been set on a modernising trajectory for some years. He could locate his leadership in a narrative of change that had begun 11 years earlier with Neil Kinnock. What Labour took more than a decade to manage, David Cameron is trying to achieve in a much shorter time. The voters are understandably suspicious when a party tries to present itself as an overnight convert."

PRISON POLICY

Independent on Sunday: "David Cameron pledged yesterday to scrap early release of prisoners and ensure they serve their full terms behind bars.  Promising that a Tory government would be "tough on crime", the Conservative leader said: "Prison will not be a deterrent until people serve the sentence they are given by the courts. It's ridiculous the way people are let out before their sentences are complete," he said in an interview with the News of the World."

LABOUR DISUNITY

Mail on Sunday: "In-fighting among the rival camps of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown is ruining the Labour Party, former deputy leader Roy Hattersley has warned.  And damaging stories would continue "until we know when the Prime Minister proposes to leave office".  Mr Hattersley added: "He must know too that the forces behind him on the one hand and Gordon Brown on the other are going to continue to do the Labour Party appalling damage."

The Observer: "Rebel Labour candidates, including the brother-in-law of a senior cabinet minister, are publicly distancing themselves from their own government in a frantic bid to salvage votes in next month's crucial local elections."

Harper_stephen_2 KYOTO IS POINTLESS

Sunday Telegraph: "Canada's new Conservative prime minister, Stephen Harper, has been urged by more than 60 leading international climate change experts to review the global warming policies he inherited from his centre-Left predecessor.  In an open letter that includes five British scientists among the signatories, the experts praise his recent commitment to review the controversial Kyoto protocol on reducing emissions harmful to the environment."

Bob Carter, Sunday Telegraph: "For many years now, human-caused climate change has been viewed as a large and urgent problem. In truth, however, the biggest part of the problem is neither environmental nor scientific, but a self-created political fiasco. Consider the simple fact, drawn from the official temperature records of the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, that for the years 1998-2005 global average temperature did not increase (there was actually a slight decrease, though not at a rate that differs significantly from zero)."

Berlusconi THE END OF BERLUSCONI?

Sunday Times: The Incredible Silvio fights for one last election miracle

Political Betting: Is it all over for Silvio?

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