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Monday 22nd January 2007

11.15am ToryDiary update: Are Eurosceptic Tory candidates in for a better deal from UKIP?

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Working ToryDiary: Tories to scrap NHS targets and give more freedom to doctors and Defence spending is lowest since 1930

Donal Blaney on YourPlatform: Compassionate conservatism should focus on the elderly

"Aristeides" begins a series of week long posts on a Conservative vision for the London mayoralty

BritainAndAmerica: British public - America is a villain

JEREMY HUNT AND DAVID RUFFLEY CONSIDER MAJOR SIMPLIFICATION OF DISABILITY BENEFITS

"Plans to cut the number of benefits available to parents with disabled children from fifty-one to as few as two are being considered by the Conservatives... The proposers say that the plan, submitted to a public services improvement group co-chaired by Stephen Dorrell, the former health secretary, is not intended to be cost saving. It is motivated by a belief that over-complex benefits can deter deserving families and trap disabled people into dependency." - Times

OWEN PATERSON WANTS 'MILD ANXIETY' ON THE ROADS

“The idea is to create space where there is mild anxiety among everyone so they all behave cautiously. No one thunders along at 30mph on a high street thinking that they have priority.” Mr Paterson said that putting up more speed limit signs and painting more lines on the road had failed to make streets safer. “Instead of the State laying down the rules, we need to give responsibility back to road users. It’s about creating an environment where it just doesn’t feel right to drive faster than 20mph.” - Owen Paterson MP quoted in The Times

Widdecombe_ann_6 ANN WIDDECOMBE CALLS ON HEAD OF CHANNEL FOUR TO CONSIDER HIS POSITION

"MPs demanded that Channel 4 sack its chief executive over the Celebrity Big Brother race row.  Politicians from all parties said Andy Duncan, who has failed to formally apologise for the fiasco, should either quit or be axed... Conservative MP and former minister Ann Widdecombe said: 'Bearing in mind he was the one that made all these statements supporting the programme he ought to consider his position. There has been a failure of accountability to the public. I would prefer Big Brother never came back at all.'"

BUCKINGHAM SCHOOL BANS VEIL

"A grammar school is facing a legal battle over a decision by the head teacher to ban a pupil from wearing the Muslim niqab... The case was revealed yesterday on the weblog of Iain Dale, a Conservative activist, who said the girl's father had now applied for a legally-aided judicial review due to be heard next month.  However, Mr Dale said the Tory-controlled county council had so far failed to back the head teacher, Jane Wainwright... Paul Goodman, the Conservative MP for High Wycombe, said he was seeking an urgent meeting with Alan Johnson, the Education Secretary, to talk about the case." - Telegraph

Yeo_tim_3 TIM YEO'S CLOCK CHANGE PLANS

"On Friday, Tim Yeo, the MP for Suffolk South, will introduce a private member's Bill proposing a three-year experiment in moving the clocks forward by an hour so that the UK is on the same time as most of continental Europe. In winter we would be one hour ahead of GMT and in the summer two hours ahead... The fact is that for every argument in favour of the move there is a counter-argument just as powerful. However, is Mr Yeo on to something by linking his proposals to "energy saving"? He says it could reduce UK carbon emissions by three per cent and cites a study by Cambridge University that compared energy use in the week before and after the change of clocks in the spring." - Telegraph

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