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Wednesday 11th April 2007

4.15pm BritainAndAmerica update: The Guardian and Russia gang up on the USA

3.45pm ToryDiary update: Labour has put PR before long-term health of Britain's armed forces says Cameron

11.45am Seats and candidates update: Matthew Laban selected for Enfield Haringey GLA seat

44billionplan READ EDWARD LEIGH'S FULL ARTICLE HERE AND CONSERVATIVEHOME'S SUMMARY HERE.

Also on ToryDiary: Cameron heads north to help 'bread-and-butter' Goldie build on strong start

Also on Scotland: "With most opinion polls north of the border putting the Scottish National Party (SNP) on course to be the largest party in the Edinburgh parliament, an ominous "blame game" between Blairites and Brownites has already begun." (The Independent)

"Since the 1970s, the SNP has periodically threatened Labour's dominance in Scotland. By giving the country its own institutions, the Government hoped to eliminate the demand for independence so that Scotland could continue to be relied upon to elect a large phalanx of Labour MPs.  But the plan seems to have gone awry. The Scots have two votes on 3 May - one for a local constituency member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) and one for a party list. And, with little more than three weeks to go to polling day, the Scottish National Party (SNP), according to the polls, is on average no less than six points ahead of Labour on both votes." - John Curtice in The Independent

DID BLAIR AUTHORISE MEDIA PAYMENTS FOR THE KIDNAPPED SAILORS?

"Tony Blair was being dragged into the "cash for stories" fiasco last night as former military chiefs and ex-ministers blamed Number 10 for allowing the freed British hostages to strike lucrative deals with the press... Liam Fox, the shadow defence secretary, said: "The Ministry of Defence have managed to lose public sympathy for our sailors and Marines, cause division within the ranks of the Armed Forces, and serving members of the Armed Forces have, in effect, been put up for auction in the most horribly undignified fashion - something that has not gone unnoticed overseas." - Telegraph

Chatsites for military personnel are scornful of the kidnapped sailors - The Guardian

Miliband_david_red_tie DAVID MILIBAND: I WON'T BE 'SEDUCED' INTO CHALLENGING BROWN
- Telegraph

So, perhaps, Gordon Brown won't need to promise him an "eco-super-ministry" after all... (The Telegraph has the story).

HAVE THE LIBDEMS GOT THE SAME PROBLEM AS THE TORIES WITH THE LONDON MAYOR? - Iain Dale

MEGAN'S LAW

An 18DoughtyStreet.com Vox Pop:

OTHER NEWSLINKS

Hewittpatricia "Patricia Hewitt is embroiled in a row over political interference after it emerged her local hospital had escaped huge cuts to Labour's flagship NHS building programme." - Daily Mail

"A Conservative Party worker who was dismissed while being treated for breast cancer has been awarded more than £38,000 after winning her case for unfair dismissal." - Times

Liverpool's Liberals produce Polish language leaflets for immigrant voters - Daily Mail

Bloggers reveal what is going on in the blogosphere - The Guardian

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