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Saturday 17th February 2007

11.30pm ToryDiary update: Mail on Sunday revisits Cameron and drugs questions

10pm ToryDiary update: "A pity they missed the bitch" - one BBC staffer's reaction to the 1984 Brighton bombing

6.15pm Seats and candidates update: Damian Hinds selected to succeed Michael Mates

BLOGS

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London Mayor: Phil Taylor reveals how the Congestion Charge has been wasted

CF Diary: John Moorcraft believes we're going to see a new generation of young conservatives becoming MPs

Seats and Candidates: Paul Uppal selected for Wolverhampton SW

ConservativeHome TV: Tim Montgomerie, Samuel Coates and Sean Fear discuss local elections prospects, the ribbon, and cannabis.

"REFRESHING" APPROACH TO PROMOTING THE FAMILY

"Mr Cameron used his speech today to press home the argument that his is the party of the family - and that far from there being no such thing as society, it should be at the heart of everything politicians do. It also allowed him another opportunity to try to convince the public that the Conservatives are no longer the political wing of big business." - BBC

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"It is a rare thing for a politician to acknowledge a problem without pretending to a solution. How refreshing, then, to hear David Cameron's admission that children cannot be dragged out of unhappy circumstances by direct government action." - Telegraph leader

"Politicians cannot — and should not — get involved in individual families. But they can set a policy framework that encourages rather than deters parents from living together. And they can set the political and social temperature, as Mr Cameron tried to do yesterday. Exhortation can change social attitudes, as it has on the environment, drink-driving and smoking during pregnancy." - Times leader

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FIRST SEA LORD: NAVY NEEDS BUDGET HIKE

"Reflecting concern among the chiefs of staff over budgetary pressures facing all three branches of the armed forces, Sir Jonathon said the navy needed an increase in running costs of about 30% as well as the two new aircraft carriers long promised by ministers." - Guardian

THE E-PETITIONS AREN'T ALL THAT BAD FOR LABOUR

"There seems to be something about even the best-intentioned exercises in web democracy that mean they run off the rails as soon as real politicians get involved.  Compare, for example, the much-visited independent rightwing blog Conservative Home with the opposition leader's own site, WebCameron: the internet equivalents, respectively, of a bustling city street and a pleasantly quiet suburban cul-de-sac." - Guardian

SHOULD SMITH SQ PROFIT JUST GO TO PAYING OFF LOANS?

"In 2003, when Michael Howard, then the party leader, announced the intention to sell, he said that the proceeds would be given to the newly established Conservative Party Foundation to ensure that they would not be "frittered away" in short-term spending... The chairman of the Conservative Party must make a public announcement before completion of the sale next month with details of the extent of the capital endowment to be transferred to the Conservative Party Foundation. In this way, Mr Howard's promise of honouring past generations and protecting future ones will be realised." - Letter to the Telegraph from Christopher Chope MP

CAMERON STILL NEEDS TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT TOFF IMAGE

"Image-conscious "dude" is how the Wall Street Journal has described David Cameron following the revelations about his pot-smoking at Eton. [..] Cameron may have changed his costume and professed his "compassion" for hoodies. But I suspect I will not be the only one to think that, underneath it all, he remains a traditional Tory toff in ruthless pursuit of those famous glittering prizes." - Richard Ingram in the Independent

£350M PRISON DEFICIT

"The expansion of prison capacity has been touted by John Reid as his greatest success since taking over as home secretary, but senior officials have told the Guardian that, while money will be made available to underwrite the building of the prisons, the Treasury has refused to foot the bill to run them." - Guardian Harry

PRINCE TO BE SENT TO IRAQ

"Prince Harry will be serving on the front line in Iraq by the end of the month. The 22-year-old prince will head for Basra with comrades from the Blues and Royals Regiment within days and will then probably be deployed along the border with Iran." - Mirror

QUESTIONING THE UNICEF REPORT

"There are many ills in the upbringing of children in Britain today, and some of them certainly have to do with the false idea that anything you can buy is better than anything you cannot. I cannot think of any society, however, which has helped its most vulnerable members by choosing to get poorer." - Charles Moore in the Telegraph

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