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Wednesday 31st January 2007

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Lunchtime blog updates: Cameron calls for Tony Blair to go and Ken Livingstone as the unacceptable face of London

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HAGUE TO FOCUS EVEN LESS ON THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP

"A Tory government would abandon Tony Blair's exclusive approach to the "special relationship" with Washington and foster closer links with India, China and Japan, William Hague, the shadow foreign secretary, will say today. In a speech redefining Tory foreign policy, Mr Hague will pledge to "shift more political weight" to developing friendships throughout the Asia-Pacific region." - Telegraph

SPECIAL SCHOOLS CRISIS

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"Nearly 9,000 places at special needs schools have been cut since Labour came to power in 1997, the Conservatives said yesterday. David Willetts, the Shadow Education Secretary, said that the figures revealed the true scale of the “crisis” facing children with disabilities and learning difficulties and their families." - Times

SOCIAL COHESION REPORT WELCOMED

"But it is coherent enough on some significant issues, pointing elegantly to the fatal confusion between the "right to difference", which leads to cultural apartheid, and the right to "equal treatment despite difference", which is essential to a liberal philosophy. It warns, too, against governments treating with noisy self-appointed spokesmen rather than the quieter majority of a community. The question of how a liberal nation deals with an illiberal minority in its midst has no easy answer, but this report is a constructive and courageous contribution to the debate." - Telegraph leader

"A statement of the obvious, perhaps. But how refreshing to hear a Tory leader daring to speak home truths about these issues, after years in which the liberal establishment has tried to silence all debate with accusations of 'racism'. What a shame that, in PR terms, this constructive speech will inevitably be obscured by his position on gay rights." - Mail leader

GRAY'S RESELECTION

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"James Gray, the MP accused of being a "love cheat" survived an attempt to end his political career yesterday, when Tories in North Wiltshire voted to let him stand as their candidate in another election. A delighted Mr Gray promised to "hold no grudges" against party members who had tried to unseat him after he left his cancer-stricken wife for another woman. But there is still the risk that he will be challenged by an independent, backed by the jilted husband of his new lover." - The Independent

The Herald | Mirror | Guardian

TAX BURDEN £40BN HEAVIER UNDER NEW LAB

"The government and Conservatives were involved in a war of words last night after Britain's leading fiscal thinktank said the average family was paying an extra £1,300 a year as a result of Gordon Brown's stewardship of the public finances since 1997. In its annual health check of the nation's budget, the Institute for Fiscal Studies said the tax burden under Labour had increased by £40bn. It accused the chancellor of manipulating the economic cycle to meet his own fiscal rules." - Guardian

SOCIAL ENTERPRISE CONFERENCE

"We are used to the third sector being used as a stick with which to beat the bureaucratic drones of the public sector, but it is fascinating to see it being deployed, by senior Tories, to chastise the greed and ethical dysfunctionality of the private sector - yesterday's Golden Boys and Girls." - Society Guardian

SMITH INSTITUTE INVESTIGATION

Smith_institute_2"A subsidiary of a charity being investigated for its links to Gordon Brown organised an event last year at which the Tory leader David Cameron was criticised as "an empty opportunist who will do anything to win". The Smith Institute is being investigated by the Charity Commission for the second time in five years over its links to Labour, including hiring the Chancellor's former economic adviser Ed Balls as a research fellow before he entered Parliament as an MP at the last general election." - Telegraph (pic from Guido)

PARTY LEADERSHIP FAILING THEIR DUTY

"The Labour Government is discredited and unpopular. Yet the Conservative Party has not attracted the support it needs to form a government. Why? I suggest it is chiefly because we hear so little from most of its leading members. Their apparent silence on the key issues of the day is a disappointment to the party's supporters. At such a critical time in our country's affairs, it is also a failure of their public duty." - The start of a letter to the Telegraph from Sir Edward du Cann, former Chairman of the Conservative Party

GAMBLING WITH LIVES

Casino"Serious questions remain about whether a large casino can open in a deprived area without a sharp rise in gambling addiction — but at least Manchester City Council appears committed to answering them; it has been chosen in large part on this basis. Far more serious is the rise of problem gambling as a result of the exponential expansion of online casinos. Those based abroad are beyond the reach of British financial regulators, and their customers, unless they seek help voluntarily, are beyond the reach of specialist charities and social services should addiction take hold." - Times leader

"And why not legalise drug dealing and prostitution while you're at it?" - Simon Heffer in the Telegraph

CRITICISM OF HUNTERS' INFILTRATION OF WELSH ASSOCIATION

"Former Welsh Conservative chairman Sir Eric Howells has been suspended after saying he might back an unofficial Tory candidate in May's assembly election." - BBC

POLICE NUMBERS FALLING

Bobbies"The number of police in England and Wales has fallen for the first time since March 2000, the Home Office admitted last night. The total dropped by 173 officers to 141,873 at the end of September. Police forces have come under increasing budget pressures in the last two years, at the end of a period of massive Government investment in the number of officers." - Yorkshire Post

PARTY ANIMALS

The first episode of "Party Animals" starts at 9pm on BBC2.

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