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Saturday 12th May 2007

5.15pm Seats and candidates: The costs of being a candidate (a continuing series)

10.45am ToryDiary: Cornerstone launches new blog

ToryDiary: David Cameron stays with British Muslims in Birmingham

Peter Noordhoek on YourPlatform: Last week's election results from French and Dutch perspectives

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BROWN BREAKS WITH BLAIR

Blair_and_brown "Gordon Brown promised a clean break with the Blair years yesterday as he admitted “mistakes” had been made in Iraq, hinted at a review of ID cards and vowed to end the cult of celebrity." - Telegraph

"In an attempt to draw a line under damaging perceptions over sleaze and spin in the Blair era, the chancellor will seek consensus for [a written constitution] to enshrine certain values and rights." - Guardian

"Gordon Brown plans to fly to Iraq to review British policy and troop numbers after using the launch of his leadership campaign yesterday to try to make a decisive break with the Blair era." - Times

"Gordon Brown's old Blairite enemies Alan Milburn and Stephen Byers buried their differences with the Chancellor as figures across Labour moved to unite around the man sure to be the party's new leader." - Independent

Will Brown know how to govern? - Charles Moore in the Telegraph

"IF Gordon Brown wants to avoid becoming the most unpopular politician to become Prime Minister, he would find it prudent to heed the wise counsel of Tory grandee Douglas Hurd." - Tom Richmond in the Yorkshire Post

Brown's inner circle - Guardian & Telegraph

Familymeall_468x372DAVID CAMERON IN BIRMINGHAM

"It was billed as a chance for the Old Etonian Tory leader to spend time in an inner city Muslim community, one of the most deprived areas of the city and the home of its red light district, to find out how the locals 'tick'." - Daily Mail

BLAIR FIRST TO MEET SARKOZY

"Tony Blair became the first foreign leader to see the newly-elected French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, when the two men met yesterday in Paris." - Telegraph

SCOTLAND

"Alex Salmond moved a vital step closer to becoming First Minister of Scotland yesterday after his party struck a deal to work with the Greens." - Telegraph

"Tory MSP Alex Fergusson is front runner to be Presiding Officer at Holyrood after his party relented and allowed him to stand." - Herald

_42914079_daviddavies203 TORY MP DAVID DAVIES ARRESTS MAN

"Following his training, Mr Davies, a former member of the Territorial Army, alerted his partner by shouting "gun". - ICWales

REPUBLICANS FEAR DEFEAT IN IRAQ

"On his visit to Baghdad on Thursday, Dick Cheney said: “We didn’t get elected to worry just about the fate of the Republican party. Our mission is to do everything we can to prevail ... against one of the most evil opponents we’ve ever faced.” - FT

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