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Friday 19th January 2007

Newsnight_2 11pm ToryDiary update: Another Newsnight triumph of partiality

5.20pm ToryDiary update: Rifkind welcomes defections to UKIP

Afternoon news updates:

"A Tory backbench bid to reverse the decline of local communities was launched in the Commons today. Nick Hurd's Sustainable Communities Bill aims to tackle the problem of "ghost towns" hit by poor transport links and the closure of shops and post offices." - 24 Dash

"Senior Labour politicians have questioned police tactics in arresting a senior aide to Tony Blair over the "cash-for-honours" affair." - BBC

BLOGS

ToryDiary: Swire avoids the tough questions on the BBC and ConservativeHome TV discusses the Tory challenge in the north and Liam Fox's performance

Seats and candidates: LibDem defector selected for Wirral South   

YourPlatform: Brooks Newmark MP on engaging with Syria

Coatessam_1_1 HELP FOR LOWER INCOME CANDIDATES

Via WebCameron, Deputy ConservativeHome Editor Sam Coates has posed a question to David Cameron about help for lower income candidates.  Please vote for the question here.

DAVID CAMERON'S SCOTTISH TRIP

"An eight-minute, 300mph rail journey between Glasgow and Edinburgh is being considered by Tory transport planners." - The Herald

"Tory boss David Cameron was branded a hypocrite yesterday for flying a 20-strong team to Aberdeen.  After months boasting of his green credentials, Cameron snubbed an environmentally-friendly train for the vote hunting foray. But he then bragged of going by rail to Edinburgh... Just days ago ex-Tory minister Tim Yeo called for domestic flights to be banned within 10 years." - Mirror

The Scotsman reports that Mr Cameron left Scotland yesterday evening "bruised and battered."

Annabel Goldie has a worthy policy on drugs but she needs more traditional policies to get the Tory vote out on 3rd May - Alan Cochrane in The Telegraph

"While the Tories have no hope of forming a majority government in Scotland, they have everything to play for as potential "kingmakers" for a continental-style coalition - even if that has meant swallowing their instinctive distaste for both Europe, devolution and PR.' - Matthew Tempest in The Guardian

TORIES IN THE NORTH

"The Conservatives have formed a campaign group to get in touch with voters in northern England.  Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague will be chairman of the Northern Board and principal spokesman for the party in the area." - BBC

>>> Yesterday's ToryDiary discussion on this announcement

COUNCIL TAX UP, DISPOSABLE INCOMES DOWN

"The average council tax bill is set to pass £1,300 in England this April after the Government refused to increase the funding settlement for local councils, the Conservatives said last night." - Telegraph

Osborne_george_portrait "Coming on top of the highest inflation for fifteen years, this is yet more official confirmation of what families know all too well. Despite Gordon Brown's boasts about the economy, people's incomes are failing to keep up with the rising cost of living. No wonder the Chancellor is so keen to move next door to number ten before the truth about the economy catches up with him." - George Osborne on conservatives.com

TORY GROUP WANTS QUOTAS FOR FATTY FOOD BUSINESSES

"Food and drink manufacturers could be given strict quotas for producing fatty and sugary foods and alcohol under plans to tackle obesity and excessive drinking being considered by the Conservative Party.  Under the plan drawn up by the Working Group on Responsible Business, set up by David Cameron last July, producers would be allocated production limits allowing them to produce a certain quantity of fatty food or alcoholic drink. Manufacturers wanting to produce more would have to buy credits from companies prepared to produce less. The regime would give a financial incentive for producers to make products containing less fat, sugar, salt and alcohol." - Times

BROWN: GANDHI WILL BE MY INSPIRATION

"Gordon Brown said last night that Mahatma Gandhi would inspire him as prime minister after publicly admitting for the first time that he would be the successor to Tony Blair.  During a day in which he announced a full-scale shakeup of Britain's fight against terrorism, the chancellor said the cheerful mood evident on his three-day visit to India was the result of him being free to talk about matters outside his Treasury remit. Laying a wreath at the Gandhi memorial in Delhi, he praised the courage shown by the leader of the fight for India's independence, and Margaret Thatcher's struggle against communism." - Guardian

LIBDEMS LEAD CRITICISM OF BLAIR'S BAe/ SAUDI DEAL AS TORIES STAY QUIET

"Britain has had its knuckles rapped by an influential international organisation which voiced "serious concerns" about the Government's decision to drop a Serious Fraud Office inquiry into a massive arms deal with Saudi Arabia." - Telegraph

"CHINESE MISSILE DESTROYS SATELLITE IN SPACE"

"The prospect of "Star Wars" between China and the West loomed last night after Beijing used a ballistic missile to destroy a satellite in space.  The missile, which hit a 4ft-wide obsolete Chinese weather satellite 530 miles above the Earth, is thought to have been launched from the Xichang space centre in -China's Sichuan province." - Telegraph

OTHER NEWSLINKS

"The head of the public standards watchdog yesterday launched an attack on Labour and the Tories for breaking the "spirit of the law" by hiding £30m of loans used to fund their general election campaigns." - Guardian

"It is disturbing that so many Tory activists appear to sympathise with UKIP's lounge-bar xenophobia and authoritarianism. But according to the party's MPs, most of them are still willing to give Mr Cameron the benefit of the doubt for as long as his tactics are succeeding and he looks like a winner." - The Economist

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