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Thursday 6th April 2006

1.45pm ToryDiary update: What should David Cameron say in his big Manchester speech?

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ToryDiary: Eurosceptic webroots plan to unseat Europhile MEPs

THE LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY REFORM BILL

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Read Phil Peter of the Save Parliament Campaign on the Platform blog.

TORIES CALL ON PENSIONERS TO PUNISH BROWN AND BLAIR IN LOCAL ELECTIONS

Telegraph: "Council tax emerged yesterday as a key battleground in next month's local elections as the Conservatives claimed a typical pensioner couple had seen a third of the increase in their basic state pension taken back in local taxes since Labour came to power in 1997."

MailleaderDAILY MAIL JOINS CRITICISM OF CAMERON'S UKIP GAFFE

Conservative MP Bob Spink came to UKIP's defence (Telegraph) and the Daily Mail described Mr Cameron's 'closet racist' remarks as "insulting">>>

Michael White, in The Guardian, asks "Is it possible to libel a political party?"

NORRIS-4-LONDON? (AGAIN)

Guardian: Steve Norris mulls third London mayor bid

JOHN REDWOOD AND PETER AINSWORTH DISAGREE ON CLIMATE CHANGE

BBCi: "Peter Ainsworth, the shadow environment secretary, described global warming as "the biggest threat we face."  He said he agreed with Sir David King, the government's chief scientific advisor, that climate change was a bigger danger than terrorism, adding that global warming "has killed more people already than international terrorism."  This contrasted sharply with the views of John Redwood, who is leading the party's review into competitiveness. He said it wasn't clear that human activity was changing the climate.  "There's quite a good literature which says that if you have a sudden outbreak of massive volcanic activity it would completely swamp anything mankind was doing," he said.  "I'm told by scientists who know that sunspot change on the sun could do far more than humankind. So there are all these uncertainties.""

NO QUESTIONS PLEASE, WE'RE LABOUR

Times: "Tony Blair was accused of running scared last night after Labour started its local election campaign by making certain that all five ministers present avoided questions.  No 10 tore up plans for a 12-minute question-and-answer session with the media late on Tuesday amid fears that queries over sleaze and relations with Gordon Brown would dominate proceedings."

GORDON BROWN'S BACKDATED WEALTH TAX

Telegraph: "Gordon Brown was accused last night of introducing a wealth tax after life insurance companies, lawyers and accountants said that millions of wills and insurance policies could be hit by a new levy on trusts.  Up to 4.5 million insurance policy trusts may need to be reviewed as a result of a backdated "stealth" tax in the March 22 Budget."

LABOUR IS ARMING REPRESSIVE REGIMES

Guardian: "The number of arms export licences granted for countries the government accuses of human rights abuses increased significantly over the past year, the latest official figures show."

Independent: "The munitions trail leads from the world's richest nations to its most impoverished corners. Cahil Milmo and Kate Holt report from Kwajroji, in southern Sudan, on the Mandari, a tribe of nomadic herdsmen, and their relationship with the Kalashnikov."

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