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Saturday 2nd June 2007

1pm ToryDiary: The Conservative Party must unite behind the best leader it has had in years says The Daily Mail

ToryDiary: How will Andy Coulson do?

Platform: Liam Fox: lessons from the Singaporean Prime Minister and the US Defence Secretary

Interviews: Samuel Coates answers your questions

GRAMMAR SCHOOLS ROW AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR CAMERON

Cameron"David Cameron last night rejected Tory calls to issue an urgent clarification of his education policy as more senior Conservatives joined the revolt over grammar schools. Mr Cameron, ending a family holiday in Crete, dismissed the worst row to hit the party since he became leader as mere "froth and nonsense" whipped up by the media." - Telegraph

"But senior Conservatives warned that the row was making the party look chaotic and potentially elitist and was damaging relations with activists. Even Mr Cameron's staunchest supporters are baffled by the way an apparently uncontroversial speech on a long-standing Tory policy could spark a 17-day row, infighting and a frontbench resignation." - Guardian

"The rebirth of the Conservative Party under Mr Cameron will not be like the birth of new Labour under Tony Blair." - Matthew Parris in the Times

Peter_brookesAlso in The Times is this Peter Brookes cartoon>>>

TORY LEAD DOWN TO 2% ACCORDING TO IPSOS-MORI

"David Cameron’s lead over Labour appeared to be slipping away last night after a fortnight of Conservative feuding over grammar schools. An Ipsos MORI opinion poll released yesterday found the Conservatives just two per cent ahead of Labour, the narrowest gap this year." - Daily Express

ROBIN HARRIS TEARS INTO CAMERON IN THE DAILY MAIL

"Mr Cameron has, so far, ridiculed the case for lower income tax, proposed higher taxes on air travel, denounced the Government's modest health reforms as 'frenetic', suggested that hoodies need to be 'loved' (though not, now it seems, hugged), campaigned against public expenditure control, down-played the Atlantic Alliance and refused to back the overwhelming case for nuclear power. The party's self-hatred is truly amazing. It has gone to such extraordinary lengths to express regret that it has even re-written history in the process." - Robin Harris, former Downing Street advisor to Margaret Thatcher, in the Daily Mail

"Cameron's 'heir to Blair' strategy is in disarray - and his enemies are prowling" - Peter Oborne also in The Daily Mail

ANDY COULSON'S APPOINTMENT

Andycoulson_2 He's not always been a friend to the Conservative Party - Guardian

"David Cameron faced new controversy last night as senior Tories questioned why he had made a former News of the World editor his top spin doctor on a reported salary of £475,000 a year." - Telegraph

BLAIR WON'T TACKLE ZIMBABWE

"Tony Blair endorsed South Africa's controversial approach towards Zimbabwe yesterday when he threw Britain's weight behind President Thabo Mbeki's latest attempt to resolve the crisis in his northern neighbour." - Telegraph

LABOUR DEPUTY LEADERSHIP RACE

Interview with Hilary Benn - Times

"The battle for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party has not so far been notable for moments of high excitement. But that all changed yesterday as a classic political spat unfolded which was instantaneously dubbed "handbags at dawn". - Independent

ShedpentlgIMMIGRANTS LIVING IN GARDEN SHEDS

"Council inspectors found that an "alarming number" of sheds began to be erected in the back gardens of landlords who were already renting the properties to immigrants." - Telegraph

TORY MP PARKS IN A DISABLED SPACE

"Illegally using a disabled parking bay at Newton Abbot railway station has cost a Devon MP a fixed penalty.Anthony Steen, Tory MP for Totnes, has apologised for the offence!" - Express & Echo

CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES LEAFLET SAYS "VOTE FOR SEX"

"A pensioner's election campaign got off to a spicy start when he printed a pile of leaflets containing the phrase Vote For Sex." - Sky News Online

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