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Wednesday 17th January 2007

12.30pm ToryDiary update: Cameron focuses again on Home Office incompetence at PMQs

11.30 YourPlatform update: Janice Small's tribute to Christine Bedier

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ToryDiary: David Cameron has another go at explaining his big idea - Social responsibility and Tory 'northern problem' underlined by YouGov poll of Yorkshire voters

Parish_neil Neil Parish MEP says It's time we seized the EU from the federalists:

"Advocates of the constitution need to understand that if they keep flogging a dead horse, they will inevitably see the European Union they adore so much destroyed by the very people they have ignored for far too long. As socialist and federalist attempts to raise the dead cause them to lose their grip on the EU, surely our priorities should be to get out of the EPP, form a new group in the European Parliament, and finally seize the agenda for ourselves."

BritainAndAmerica.com: The BBC's failure to tell the whole truth about the recent executions in Iraq 

CAMERON DEFENDS GOLDIE ON EVE OF SHADOW CABINET TRIP TO SCOTLAND

""What Annabel brings is what in a way the centre right in Scotland needs or the Conservative Party in Scotland needs - the feeling that if you elect more Conservatives you will get more common sense.  About Annabel there is a quality of rolling up the sleeves and getting on with the job and common sense, not flighty rhetoric, but just dealing with the issues as they are. Annabel brings gritty, common sense, a sensible, get-on-with-the-job attitude and I think that should be our approach in the Scottish parliamentary elections - the more Conservatives you get at Holyrood, the more common sense."" - Quoted in The Herald

Haguesmiling WILLIAM HAGUE'S MIDDLE EAST OUTLOOK

""One of the things we should have been doing for years is building up our relations with the many friendly moderate states of the Middle East. I think many of them feel neglected," Hague told Reuters in an interview.  "If we did that ... we would have greater influence in what happens in the Middle East," said Hague, the Conservative Party's foreign affairs spokesman."

"I welcome the rejection of the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group and condemn the criticisms of US strategy by the Shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague. Any lasting political resolution of the conflict in Iraq requires that the constitutional government of Iraq have as close as possible a monopoly of the means of violence. It is flatly untrue (though Sardar argued it) that US troops are a cause of violence. There is a great deal of evidence that they are trusted by Iraqis to provide impartial security against rival terrorist groups. A political solution depends on establishing security first, which in turn requires that US and UK forces inflict an unmistakable battlefield defeat on the forces of Baathism and theocratic fanaticism." - Oliver Kamm

THE COSTLY TORIES

"The Tories have abandoned three programmes that would lower the cost of living of many middle-class families. They no longer promise to relieve families of the crushing burden of Brown's taxes; they have doomed parents to pay taxes that include the cost of state-provided education even if they make no use of that system; and they have dropped their call to allow patients to take their NHS payments with them if they look to the private sector for health care, forcing these families to pay twice for treatment." - Irwin Stelzer in The Telegraph

TORIES WARN THAT VOTING UKIP COULD HELP LABOUR

"The Conservatives are to warn voters that backing Ukip could allow Labour to retain power amid Tory fears that the revived anti-Europe party could deny David Cameron victory at the next election." - Independent

"The forthcoming local elections will not be about UKIP. They will represent a major assault on Lib Dem territory by the Conservatives. 'Vote Blue Go Green' rather than 'better off out' will be the Tory rallying cry over the next few months." - Watlington

Dale_iain WAS IT BLAIR WHO CALLED BROWN 'PSYCHOLOGICALLY FLAWED'?

"In an interview on 18 Doughty Street's One to One programme last night, Lance Price, former Downing Street spin doctor, has sensationally claimed that Tony Blair himself was the source of quotes describing Gordon Brown as having "psychological flaws"." - Iain Dale's Diary

LABOUR'S CRIMINAL INCOMPETENCE

"The Conservatives say it is "a nonsense" to describe the latest absconded terror suspect as being no threat to the public.  The man, a British national, was the third to disappear while under a control order, which imposes a type of house arrest on terror suspects." - BBC

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