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Friday 23rd June 2006

11.45pm ToryDiary update: David Cameron on Jonathan Ross

The Evening Standard has tonight confirmed ConservativeHome's story (of last Saturday) that John Stevens may be Tory candidate for London Mayor:

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Noon ToryDiary update: John Hayes MP pursues Cardinal's call for abortion law reform

BLOGS

Spelmanonpoliticsshow_1 Interviews blog: Caroline Spelman MP answers your questions

Adam Rickitt on YourPlatform: The farce that is the Rural Payments Agency

Ten point briefing by William Norton: Localism

ToryDiary: Who is the biggest influence on David Cameron?

CAMERON TELLS JONATHAN ROSS THAT HE BACKS BLAIR ON IRAQ WAR

"It's been very unpopular and there have been some bad decisions since the war, there's no doubt... The world has got smaller and we have to recognise that what happens in other countries has a bearing on us. Those of us who supported (the war) should see it through... You've got to do what you think is right even if it's unpopular, that's the only thing you can do."

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DID TORIES VOTE TO LEAVE THE EU?

"No", says Oliver Heald, in a letter to The Guardian: "David Miliband and Geoff Hoon (Comment, June 22) suggest Conservative MPs recently voted in parliament to leave the EU. It does members of the government no credit to make such a ridiculous and false allegation. The effect of the amendment to which they refer would simply have been to restate the principle of parliamentary sovereignty in relation to treaties and was entirely consistent with the assurances given to us by ministers that: "Parliament already has the power to legislate contrary to our treaty obligations..."

TORY MPs TRYING TO BE COOL

Theresa May gets her White Stripes and Kaiser Chiefs in a tangle - BBC

Cameron scores own goal over his footie credibility - Independent

Oak_1OTHER TORY NEWSLINKS

William Kendall has submitted his own version of the Oak logo >>>

David Willetts says policy is an over-rated weapon in modern politics - Spectator

"There are much cleaner, cheaper and safer ways to generate electricity than by building new nuclear power stations," says Mary Ann Sieghart in The Times and the Tories may well choose them...

David Maclean MP "has ruled out the wholesale culling of badgers as the way to halt the spread of bovine TB.  Instead, an overall package of measures, including a culling system based on targeting specific areas, is the answer" - Cumberland News

"Labour MEP Michael Cashman has accused the Conservative Party of failing to condemn violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Europe" - PinkNews.co.uk

CHARLES KENNEDY

"Charles Kennedy has refused to rule out returning as Liberal Democrat leader at some point in the future." - BBC

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