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Sunday 8th October 2006

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ToryDiary: Brown trails Cameron by 11% in 'best PM' stakes

Seats and candidates: Bedblockers II - grey list won't make way for A-list

Dancona_matthew_5 D'ANCONA: OSBORNE AND CAMERON ARE INSTINCTIVE TAX-CUTTERS

"Mr Cameron and George Osborne are instinctive tax-cutters but, just as the ministers of the Thatcher era were driven by Britain's economic failure in the Seventies, the new generation of Tories were politically scarred by the ERM catastrophe, soaring mortgage rates, negative equity and repossessions. It is small wonder that they put economic stability first." - Sunday Telegraph

MICHAEL PORTILLO ISN'T KEEN ON THE TORY GRASSROOTS (A CONTINUING SERIES)

"The trouble with Tory party conferences is that they are attended by Conservatives. It is easier for David Cameron to convince us that his party has changed when its members are not shown on television. Last week voters must have quaked as ghostly images of Toryism past — John Redwood and Lord Tebbit — flashed onto their screens, reminders of why the electorate turned against the party." - Sunday Times

THE UNRELIABLE TORY PRESS

Peter Cole in The Independent notes the failure of almost every Tory paper to understand Project Cameron.

RESERVOIR TOFFS

Sunday Times: "David Cameron has more Etonians around him than any leader since Macmillan. Can he represent Britain from such a narrow base?"

Faragenigel_2 UKIP CONFERENCE

"UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has told the party's annual conference that it speaks for the majority of British people... Mr Farage told the BBC: "We've got three social democratic parties in Britain - Labour, Lib Dem and Conservative are virtually indistinguishable from each other on nearly all the main issues," he said.  "Frankly, you can't put a cigarette paper between them and that is why there are nine million people who don't vote now in general elections that did back in 1992."" - BBC

OTHER NEWSLINKS

"Christian social action charity CARE, and the Evangelical Alliance, have welcomed Conservative Party leader David Cameron's plans to emphasise the importance of marriage." - Inspire Magazine

"A rising number of protests against cuts in the NHS is threatening to rival the 1990s rebellion against the Tories' poll tax, campaigners have said." - BBC

"Tony Blair is a "lame duck" Prime Minister who made a "terrible mistake" in declaring his intention not to fight a fourth general election, according to Rupert Murdoch." - Independent

CONSERVATIVEHOME'S SEPTEMBER TRAFFIC

Tim Montgomerie writes:

"Iain Dale has posted his September traffic data here.  Sat opposite each other in the offices of 18 Doughty Street Talk TV we compare traffic on a daily basis.  Iain usually beats me on unique visitors whilst ConservativeHome gets more reloads.  ConservativeHome had 152,163 unique visitors last month compared to Iain's c171,000.  In terms of reloads ConservativeHome scored 432,761 whilst Iain scored 325,010.

Iain Dale has written for this morning's Sunday Times about 18 Doughty Street.  Watch BBC1's Politics Show at noon today for more.  You can also hear me discuss the talk tv station on Radio 3's Night Waves by accessing this archive.

For those interested in American politics I took part in a Radio 4 discussion on yesterday's Talking Politics.  Listen by clicking here."

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