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Monday 27th November 2006

5pm CF Diary updates: Alexander Drake profiles the Young Liberal Movement in Australia, and summary of the National Chairman's report on CF's progress

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WELFARE REFORM

"Today’s robust critique of the Chancellor’s welfare system, by the right-of-centre think tank Reform, reveals that benefits are paid to two fifths of all households, including some that are already earning three times the average household income." - Times leader and Times report

Go to the Reform website for a pdf copy of the full report or to ConservativeHome's YourPlatform where the author Nicholas Boys Smith summarises his findings: Now it is time to really link welfare to work

BLOGS

ToryDiary: Tony Blair apologises for Foot & Mouth disaster... and One year of David Cameron survey

100policies.com returns with Will East recommending that the NHS be opened up to new providers - competing on price.

Schwarzeneggeronmtp BritainAndAmerica.com:

CAMERON IN PRIVATE TALKS WITH EU ON ENVIRONMENT

"David Cameron has held secret talks with the head of the European Commission over tackling climate change, a sign that he is prepared to work with Brussels on his green agenda." - Times

"The Conservatives are planning a carbon tax on British businesses to persuade them to reduce their emissions, shadow chancellor George Osborne has said.  The Conservatives say the proposal would raise more money than the existing climate change levy.  Any extra money would be returned to businesses through other tax cuts." - BBC

CAMERON PULLS OUT OF CBI CONFERENCE FOR IRAQ TRIP

"David Cameron has snubbed business leaders by pulling out of today's annual conference of the Confederation of British Industry at the 11th hour.  His decision not to attend the first CBI conference since he became Conservative leader will be seen as a further sign that he is distancing the Tories from big business.  Sir Digby Jones, who stepped down as CBI director general earlier this year, likened the Tory leader's withdrawal to Tony Blair's decision a decade ago not to make the Labour leader's traditional appearance at the TUC's conference when he was trying to reassure "Middle England" he was not in the unions' pocket." - Telegraph

CAMERON STATEMENT ON IRAQ VISIT

"The situation in Iraq is one of the most critical issues facing the British Government and our country.  There are two purposes to my visit with William Hague.  The first is to meet our troops, to give them our support and to hear directly from them about their experience.  The second is to get a more direct understanding of the political situation by meeting Iraqi politicians and to look at the prospects for halting the terrible cycle of violence and for making the transition to Iraqi control over security."

TORIES AND WOMEN

"David Cameron's popularity with women is a 'myth', according to a new poll suggests widespread disenchantment with the Government among female voters.  A survey by the Fawcett Society questioned claims that the Tory leader is wooing women away from Gordon Brown... Just one in 10 women say he is more honest than most politicians, although they conceded he has more personality than Mr Brown." - London Evening Standard

"The Tories are not unbeatable and are not yet being fully tested, but Cameron is bringing on a power-hungry, enthusiastic and optimistic female force. If Labour isn't careful they could well be the future of politics." - Jackie Ashley in The Guardian reflects on the first anniversary party of Women2Win

Letwin_9 BUILDING RISK INTO BRITAIN'S POVERTY-FIGHTING MACHINE

"If we are serious about tackling the causes of deep poverty, we need a different model — one in which government as a matter of policy encourages local communities and the third sector to take risks in the name of social responsibility.  In other words, we need to arm Sir Humphrey with a new defence.  We want him to be able to say to the journlists, the auditors and the parliamentary committees: “I have been specifically commanded by Her Majesty’s Government to tell you that a significant amount of failure was anticipated, that if no failure had occurred this would have indicated that too little risk was being taken, and that what matters to HMG is not whether there are failures but whether local communities and locally based social enterprises are obtaining a high number of sustainable successes in lifting people out of traps of multiple deprivation.” - Oliver Letwin in The Times responding to an article from Matthew Parris about the dangers of political involvement with charities.

BOB SPINK MP IN RACE CONTROVERSY

"The Tories faced another race row today after an MP suggested the majority of criminals are black.  Essex MP Bob Spink was said to have made the claims in an exchange of emails with a constituent." - Daily Mail

OBITUARY

Lord Peyton of Yeovil - The Guardian

LABOUR DEPUTY LEADERSHIP

"Twenty-four per cent of voters gave Ms Harman a warm personal rating, compared with 17 per cent for Hilary Benn, 15 per cent for Alan Johnson, 13 per cent for Peter Hain, 7 per cent for Hazel Blears and 5 per cent for Jon Cruddas." - Independent

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