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Friday 19th May 2006

8.30pm ToryDiary update: Hague rejects Kirkhope compromise on EPP

4.45pm ToryDiary update: Is Philip Hollobone Britain's best value MP?

DATES FOR THE 'BUILT TO LAST' ROADSHOW ARE NOW ON THE EVENTS BLOG.

BLOGS

ToryDiary: Can you trust ConservativeHome's surveys?

Platform: Empower the "little people" to act while the dinosaurs snore... (Ben Rogers on Burma)

GoldList: The battle for Bromley and Chislehurst

ToryRadio interviews Andrew Turner MP

Ids_to_csj_1 NORTHERN APPEAL

"Labour MPs remain cocky that Cameron's southern, public school image will never appeal to Scotland and the north ("they know the type"). Tory insiders such as Iain Duncan Smith warn colleagues that "vote blue, get green" tactics only take you so far. Social justice, which IDS now actively promotes from the Christian right, is crucial to Tory recovery.  Cameron seems to understand this. In a speech next week at Google (the IT company, not a northern target seat) he will set out his views on family, the work-life balance and how what Oliver Letwin calls the "empowering state" can help. Gordon Brown "the over-regulator" is their target. No surprise there." - Michael White in The Guardian

NUCLEAR POWER

"Nuclear power is state power and should be opposed from the Right." - Peter Franklin on comment is free

POLICE MERGERS

"Police force mergers in England and Wales will cost up to £600 million to carry out and will 'destroy' Government plans to extend neighbourhood policing, says a confidential paper prepared for chief officers." - Telegraph

Helmer_roger REINSTATE ROGER HELMER

"Momentum is growing behind a grassroots internet campaign to restore the Tory whip to East Midlands MEP Roger Helmer - who was thrown out of the party's group in Brussels last year for the robust way in which he attacked alleged corruption in the European Commission." - Spy on Reinstate Roger in The Telegraph

OBITUARIES FOR ERIC FORTH

Telegraph | Times | PinkNews

David Cameron: "Watching him speak in Parliament as an MP and from the front bench was a masterclass in how you can use the House of Commons to hold governments to account.  We certainly didn't agree about everything and the last thing he would want to be described as was 'a moderniser'."

IT MIGHT NOT BE BROWN, SAYS FIELD

"When the prime minister goes the party will have to seriously think about who can best win us elections," he told ePolitix.com.  "I don't think it is obvious who we will choose and that is one of the reasons I want the prime minister to stay on.  Unfortunately Blair shares a weakness Thatcher had in that they have no idea of their duty in providing credible successors.  If you lead a small organisation, let alone a major company, let alone a country, one of your primary functions is to make sure there is a proper succession.  One of the reasons Blair doesn't want to go is that he is so uncertain about the succession.  I don't see why the succession will be smooth, why would it be smooth? The stakes are high.  Two weeks ago the party almost imploded and people looked over the abyss for the first time. It had a sobering effect.  We are only one year on from an election but as the parliament goes on it is natural for backbenchers to be thinking about getting re-elected - as they think about that, who might be leader is important.""

THE SUN'S REACTION TO DEMANDS FOR MORE PAY FROM SOME MPs

"Time-serving backbenchers who polish the green benches with their backsides have a damned cheek.  Their salaries are about to smash through the £60,000-a-year barrier.  Taxpayers cough up double that to fund their offices, second homes, pensions and first class travel.  Their swanky bars and restaurants are heavily subsidised by us.  A poor MP is as rare as a broke bookie. We’ve never seen one." - The Sun 

LIBDEM NEWS

"Sir Menzies Campbell acknowledged widespread criticism of his lacklustre performance in the Commons when he admitted yesterday that he could do better at Prime Minister’s Questions." - The Times

"The Liberal Democrats will fight the next general election on a pledge for "fairer, greener but not higher taxes". In July, they will unveil a tax strategy proposing income tax cuts for middle and low earners... In the first instalment yesterday, the Liberal Democrats said vehicle excise duty (VED) on the most polluting new cars should rise to £2,000 a year and dismissed Gordon Brown's £45 increase for 4x4 vehicles to £210 as no more than half the cost of a tank of petrol." - Independent

Related ConservativeHome definition: Green taxation.

OTHER LINKS

Cameron investigates social enterprise - Social Enterprise Magazine

"May 20 sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Stuart Mill, the greatest exponent of 19th-century liberalism, whose philosophy still dominates jurisprudence in the English-speaking world." - Roger Scruton in the Wall Street Journal

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