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Thursday 12th April 2007

3pm ToryDiary update: ConservativeHome to be part of new online campaign venture

2.45pm YourPlatform update: Labour are about to trash the careers of 8,000 junior doctors writes Mark Fulford

1.45pm ToryDiary update: Big increase in Tory support among doctors

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CAMERON IN SCOTLAND

"Last week, the Tories were reported to be planning a "velvet divorce" between the party north and south of the Border.  But, visiting Scotland yesterday, Mr Cameron denied a split.  He said: "We have no plans for that [a split] because the Scottish Tories are their own party - they elect their own leader, decide their own policy and write their own manifesto, and that is absolutely as it should be." - Scotsman

Scottish LibDems rule out coalition with SNP if Salmond insists on independence referendum - Times

Cuttings EDWARD LEIGH'S £44BN TAX CUT CALL

Yesterday's ConservativeHome article by Edward Leigh is picked up in a number of this morning's newspapers:

"Recommendations for a £21bn package of personal and corporate tax cuts, issued by the Tories Tax Reform Commission last year, command support from a broad swathe on the right of the party. Many Conservative MPs sympathise with Mr Leigh's arguments, advanced again yesterday, that there is a moral, economic and political case for tax cuts." - FT

"Senior Tory MP Edward Leigh said he feared Mr Cameron was only ready to make "relatively feeble" taxcutting pledges that would be "all but indistinguishable" from a Labour government led by Gordon Brown.  But Mr Leigh, head of the Rightwing Cornerstone Group of 40 MPs, said the Tory leader should be "big and bold" on tax." - Daily Mail

Haguesmiling HAGUE ATTEMPTS TO IMPLICATE DOWNING STREET IN NAVY FIASCO

"It seems strange to us that Number 10 did not have a greater involvement in this.  In a very centralised administration where Number 10 are routinely consulted by all Government departments, it seems very odd that the Prime Minister read of this in the Sunday newspapers, they say, when David Cameron and I and Liam Fox all knew about this on Saturday." - William Hague speaking on Radio 4 at 8.10am this morning.

BENCHMARKS FOR THE LOCAL ELECTIONS

"Election experts think the Tories should gain at least 600 seats. More importantly, they also need to win at least 40 per cent of the votes cast - a necessary hurdle for the general election, although not enough to guarantee victory (which depends on the gap between the two main parties).  Another crucial test for Mr Cameron will be to rebut claims by Labour that "the Conservative Party barely exists north of Watford".  The Tories should have little trouble picking up council seats from Labour and the Liberal Democrats in southern England. But Mr Cameron needs to make progress in the north, where his party holds only 19 of the 162 council seats" - The Independent

"Mr Cameron will hope to profit at the expense of the Liberal Democrats, who may well struggle to match their strong performances in 2003 and 2004. Success in doing so would enable the Conservatives to capture Mid-Suffolk, North Wiltshire, South Norfolk, Tewksbury and Waverley as well as deny the Liberal Democrats control of St Albans. Alas for Mr Cameron such gains will do nothing to erase the impression that his party sings with a distinctly southern accent." - John Curtice in The Independent

DESPERATE BLAIRITES IN LAST DITCH ATTEMPT TO ENCOURAGE MILIBAND TO STAND

"Opponents of Gordon Brown are considering a last-ditch tactic to try to persuade David Miliband to stand for the party leadership next month, hoping they can create a momentum behind their candidate and show that Mr Brown is beatable.  They are looking to raise nominations for Mr Miliband from MPs who would declare their support on the Labour party website after Tony Blair announces his timetable for leaving office in early May." - The Guardian

A leader in The Times struggles to understand what Miliband believes in.

Livingstone_ken KEN LIVINGSTONE BLAMES MOVIES AND THATCHER FOR VIOLENT BRITAIN - Metro

RENATIONALISATION OF THE RAILWAYS?

"Trains and tracks could be reunited and put under public control for the first time since privatisation, under plans to make Scotland a test case for the rest of the rail industry, The Times has learnt.  Network Rail, the not-for-profit company created by the Government to run Britain’s tracks, has held secret talks with Scottish Labour politicians about taking control of trains north of the Border. The move would reverse the fragmentation of the industry after British Rail was broken up and sold off in the mid1990s." - The Times

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