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Thursday 25th January 2007

3:30pm Seats and Candidates update: David Cameron on the costs of being a candidate

1.30pm ToryDiary update: TIME magazine on Cameron - Britain's JFK?

BLOGS

ToryDiary: Key Conservative contributions to yesterday's Iraq debate

LondonMayor: Aristeides' penultimate instalment

POLITICS FOR PARTNERS

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"There’s only one thing worse than being a politician, and that’s being married to one. You get all the downsides — unwanted intrusion, public disdain, endless boring functions — with very few of the advantages. In fact, the more successful your partner is, the less you see of each other and the more demanding and lonely your lives become." - Mary Ann Sieghart in the Times

>>> Clip of Alicia Collinson, author of Politics for Partners, talking about this last night on 18 Doughty Street

QUIZ SHOWS SHOULD BE CLASSED AS GAMBLING

"Late-night quiz shows where viewers call premium rate telephone numbers to answer questions should be subject to gambling laws, a group of MPs has said. The culture, media and sport committee criticised the shows for being unfair and called for greater regulation. They said viewers on such quiz channels were often egged-on to call even when they could not win any prizes." - BBC

CALLS FOR TROOP WITHDRAWAL CAUSING TENSION WITH U.S.

"Signs of tension between the US and Britain over London's plans to withdraw some of the 7,000 UK troops in southern Iraq from this spring emerged yesterday. Speaking on the day that the foreign secretary, Margaret Beckett, said she remained confident that British troops would start to be withdrawn from Basra in the spring, the US ambassador in Baghdad, Zalmay Khalilzad, said he wanted Britain to keep its troops at its current level." - Guardian

GAY ADOPTION EXEMPTIONS RULED OUT

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"Tony Blair caved in last night in the row over homosexual adoption in the face of a full-blown Cabinet revolt. In a stark illustration of his diminishing authority, the Prime Minister has been forced to accept a deal which will rule out any exemptions for Roman Catholic adoption agencies from gay rights laws." - Telegraph

"The Church's position is interpreted as an affront to all gay people, if not an attempt to re-introduce the Spanish Inquisition. Non-discrimination is the totem of modern politics, and absolutely nothing can be allowed to get in the way of that. The Church argues that the welfare of the child should always come first, and that, at least officially, is a position supported by the Government. The problem is that there is very little research into outcomes for children brought up by gay couples, for the rather obvious reason that there aren't that many cases to provide an adequate sample size." - Robert Whelan in the Telegraph

>>> Yesterday's ToryDiary on the Conservatives' silence on the law

MARKET-BASED METHODS OF REDUCING CARBON

"A fully global system of carbon trading — even if China and other developing countries refused to participate, a system embracing just America, Japan and Europe — would be infinitely preferable to the Stalinist-style production quotas proposed this week by President Bush. He appears to prefer a communist-style central planning to the use of market-based incentives and prices. What an ideal opportunity for Democrats to show that this supposedly pro-business President does not even understand the rudiments of market economics." - Anatole Kaletsky in the Times

OTHER LINKS

Gordon_brown"A Plymouth city councillor who has defected from the Liberal Democrats to the Conservatives says he sees no reason why he should resign his seat." - BBC

"Gordon Brown, sometimes described as dour and sombre, has made it into a list of the world's 100 sexiest men." - BBC

"Plans to recruit more black and Asian Liberal Democrat members are being considered by the party." - BBC

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