Conservative Home

« Wednesday 27th December 2006 | Main | Friday 29th December 2006 »

Thursday 28th December 2006

4.45pm ToryDiary update: The One Nation Tories who celebrate Project Cameron were largely wrong in the 1980s 

BLOGS

ToryDiary: London vulnerable to Madrid-style commuter attack says Tory MP

Adrian Blair on YourPlatform: A fresh approach to drugs policy

22 TORY MPs FACE CASH-FOR-DINING PROBE

"Conservative MPs are being investigated by the standards watchdog over an alleged misuse of Westminster's lavish dining facilities.  Labour has accused 22 Tories - including David Cameron and key members of the shadow cabinet - of asking their backers to hand over "cash for dinners".  Westminster's private dining rooms can be hired by MPs and peers, but parliamentary rules stipulate they may not be used for "direct financial or material gain" by parties, sponsors or any person or group." - Scotsman

Maglev TORIES CONSIDER 300MPH TRAINS

"The Conservatives are to look at the possibility of introducing 300mph magnetic levitation trains to the UK.  The party said it would also study whether high-speed rail links like those in France were feasible." - BBC

POLL: BROWN MORE PRINCIPLED THAN CAMERON... BUT LESS LIKEABLE

"CommunicateResearch found more people regard Mr Cameron as "likeable" and someone who "understands ordinary people" than think the same of Mr Brown. But the Chancellor is seen as "principled" by more voters. On the crucial overall rating of who would make the better Prime Minister, 39 per cent prefer Mr Brown and 36 per cent the Tory leader, with 16 per cent saying neither." - The Independent

TORIES APPOINT NEW CONFERENCE ORGANISERS

conservatives.com: "Fingerprint Events were awarded the prestigious contract after an extensive review by the Conservatives. Discussions were held with a number of events agencies, but the model proposed by Fingerprint Events matched the Conservatives' needs perfectly."

ConservativeHome is currently attempting to establish what CCHQ means by "discussions were held".  Was donors' money to the party protected by some sort of competitive tendering process?  Answers to follow...

Robin_gibb TONY BLAIR'S BEE GEE FREEBIE

"Tony Blair's Christmas holiday sparked controversy yesterday after it emerged that the Prime Minister was staying in the Florida mansion of rock star Robin Gibb, who just weeks ago lobbied the government to beef up musicians' rights." - Scotsman

LIFE IS GOOD IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR

"The number of public sector workers earning at least £100,000 a year has more than trebled in five years, according to new figures.  The increasing prevalence of six-figure salaries among the ranks of senior civil servants was criticised by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. In 2001, there were 320 staff across 25 key bodies earning £100,000 or more. By this year the figure had grown to 996." - Telegraph

"Gold-plated public sector pensions cost every family an average of £900 a year, it emerged.  This is far greater than the amount many private sector workers can afford to put aside annually for their own retirement... Authoritative research from The Institute of Economic Affairs shows the cost of inflation-linked schemes for nearly six million state employees such as doctors, nurses, teachers and policemen has reached more than £22.3billion each year." - Daily Mail

OTHER NEWSLINKS

Andrew Tyrie MP issues paper welcoming the flowering of one nation Toryism under Cameron - Telegraph

Antisocial behaviour crackdown a gimmick, say Tories - Guardian

Tories should think of effects of double summer time elsewhere - Letters to The Herald

Have we missed any important stories?
Please use the Comments to tell other visitors about interesting links...

Comments

You must be logged in using Intense Debate, Wordpress, Twitter or Facebook to comment.