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Seats and candidates: Philippa Stroud selected for Sutton & Cheam

Annabel_goldie_2SCOTTISH TORY LEADER UNDER PRESSURE FROM 'THATCHERITE' ACTIVISTS

"Scots Tory leader Annabel Goldie is facing a determined bid to unseat her from the Parliament in an internal vote to take place this week.  Party members are to be asked to rank candidates for the forthcoming election, with only those at the top of the list likely to make it to Holyrood." - Scotland on Sunday 

TORY FUNDRAISING DINNERS IN COMMONS

"An anti-sleaze watchdog is to end a "cash for dinners" scandal which has raised a fortune for the Tory Party.  The move comes after the Sunday Mirror exposed party leader David Cameron's controversial way of raising hundreds of thousands of pounds. Wealthy supporters dine with Cameron and his top team at the House of Commons, paying £500 a year to join their "patrons' clubs"." - Sunday Mirror

MPs DO NOT KNOW THEIR SUNNIS FROM THEIR SHI'ITES

A Sunday Times survey of MPs from all parties reveals a disturbing level of ignorance about Middle East politics.

MILITARY 'AT WAR' WITH BROWN

"Defence chiefs believe that the military's fondness for traditional values and conservative tendencies have left them with very few friends within the Labour hierarchy. Mr Brown, who is preparing to succeed Tony Blair as Prime Minister, is known to regard the MoD as one of the most "financially wasteful" departments within the Government and is understood to hold the personal view that the military is a pro-Tory organisation... Mr Fox said: "The reason that leaks are appearing is because of the build-up of frustration and anger in the Armed Forces about the way in which Labour are increasingly willing to commit our forces to combat without giving the support they require.  These are men and women who are prepared to pay the ultimate price for this country's security but who have been betrayed by a Government which is possibly the most self-serving and party political in our history."" - Sunday Telegraph

"The Ministry of Defence’s new Whitehall headquarters will cost the taxpayer £2.3 billion to refurbish and run, according to official figures.  This spending on offices for ministers, civil servants and top brass will fuel the row over the “squalid” and “shaming” condition of housing for ordinary soldiers." - Sunday Times

Colonel Tim Collins condemns standard of forces' housing - Mail on Sunday

New_statesmanTHE NEW STATESMAN ON BROWN'S LIKELY FOREIGN POLICY

John Kampfner, Editor of the New Statesman, writes about Brown's foreign policy in The Sunday Telegraph while Martin Bright, the New Statesman's Political Editor, does the same for The Observer.

BLAIR FACES NEW QUESTIONS OVER SAUDI-BAe SCANDAL

"Tony Blair could face confrontation with the head of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development over the government's decision to quash an investigation into alleged bribery of Saudi Arabian officials during an arms deal... The termination of the probe caused dismay at the OECD, which believes the move could undermine its 1999 convention against bribery." - Observer

BRITISH MUSLIMS FIGHTING IN IRAQ

"A secret list of young Britons who have left to join the Iraqi terrorists' cause has been drawn up by MI5.  Now the security service is preparing for a 'backwash' of highly trained guerrilla fighters returning to Britain." - Mail on Sunday

US POLITICS

Dawn of the donkey: The Democrats take over Congress but their ambition is the White House - World magazine

Senate Republicans to Take the New Media Seriously - Patrick Hynes on TownHall.com

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