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Tuesday 5th December 2006

5.45pm news updates: DAVID CAMERON PROMISES REAL GRIT IN NEXT YEAR (BBC) and NIGEL LAWSON CONDEMNS STERN REPORT AS "FRAUDULENT" (IAIN DALE'S DIARY)

2.30pm ToryDiary update: It's back to basics again (in education)

Noon ToryDiary update: Vote Tory and bankrupt The Guardian

>>> UKIP leader 'offered Tory seat' (BBC) 

BLOGS

ToryDiary: [email protected] - The Ten Major Modernising Moments

Seats and candidates:

Charles Elphicke and Stephen Hammond MP on YourPlatform: Halving business taxes would help make Britain richer

Willetts_david_new TORY EDUCATION POLICY

BBC Online is reporting that David Willetts will outline a new schools policy that focuses on what is taught - rather than how schools are organised: "As part of a policy review, the Tories should consider plans to make more pupils study modern languages, David Willetts will say in a presentation.  More should also study individual sciences and history, he will add."

>>> There'll be a ToryDiary entry on this later when we have more. 

TRIDENT

"Work will begin next year on designing a new generation of nuclear missile submarines after David Cameron yesterday promised Conservative support for updating Britain's independent deterrent.  Tony Blair was assured of Tory votes to defeat an expected Labour backbench revolt over a key part of his political legacy - ensuring that a new submarine fleet would carry the Trident missile and its nuclear warheads into the middle of the 21st century." - Telegraph

>>> Cameron backs Tony Blair on Trident (yesterday's ToryDiary)

The Archbishop of Canterbury questions Trident policy - BBC

Bolescolour_2 DAVID CAMERON'S FIRST YEAR

"Which young high-flier — neither a Blairite nor a Brownite, but someone treated with grudging respect by both camps — has persuaded the Chancellor to waive income tax for soldiers on active duty, the Education Secretary to reintroduce synthetic phonics as the best way of teaching children to read and write, the Attorney General to back the proposal for intercept evidence to be admissible in terrorist trials, the Home Secretary to drop his plans to require local police forces to merge, and the Prime Minister to include a climate change Bill in his final Queen's Speech? Answer: David Cameron." - Nicholas Boles writing in The Daily Telegraph

GORDON BROWN AND TAX

On Sunday ConservativeHome wondered if Gordon Brown might announce a tax cut soon.  This morning's Sun also appears interested in the possibility...

"Taxes are much too high, with the average family straining to pay £9,000 a year more than in 1997.  Inflation is rising and, thanks to council tax and fuel duty, is up to FOUR times the official rate of 2.4 per cent for the hardest hit.  Unemployment is up, despite a rising demand for skilled workers which is being filled by migrants.  And inheritance tax now engulfs even the “hard-working poor”, like those portrayed in EastEnders.  It would be good to hear some sign from Mr Brown tomorrow that he understands the pips have started to squeak."

OTHER NEWSLINKS

"Ann Clwyd today faces the axe as chair of the parliamentary Labour party when backbenchers attempt to oust her for being a "government patsy".  MPs say they need a vocal shop steward to ensure the leadership listens to them in a difficult year which will include the transition of power as the prime minister stands down, and tough decisions on issues such as Trident and nuclear power.  A growing number of backbenchers believe Ms Clwyd has failed to speak out on their behalf, and are backing her opponent, Tony Lloyd, in the neck and neck race. Mr Lloyd, a former Foreign Office minister, has rebelled on Iraq, tuition fees and foundation hospitals. The result of the election will be announced late tonight." - Guardian

"Tessa Jowell, the Culture Secretary, was embroiled in a new cronyism row yesterday after it emerged that the commission which she appointed to distribute £2.3 billion of lottery money had been packed with Labour supporters." - Times and see Iain Dale's Diary

Ministers 'aiding Muslim extremism' - ePolitix.com

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