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Tuesday 17th July 2007

7pm CONSERVATIVEHOME EXCLUSIVE:
SIX CANDIDATES GO THROUGH TO THE NEXT STAGE OF THE MAYORAL PROCESS

7pm Seats and candidates: Graham Robb issues final campaign video

2.50pm LondonMayor: Richard Barnes pulls out and backs Boris

1pm LondonMayor: We all know about Boris. but who are the others?

ToryDiary: John Bercow and Progress in the wrong direction

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Columnists: Andrew Lilico: Should we care about the demise of the constitutional monarchy?

Platform: Julia Manning criticises resistance to MMR and other vaccines

LondonMayor: Norris and Paddick decline to run

BORIS JOINS THE RACE

Borisjohnson100x100_2 "Boris Johnson electrified the contest for London Mayor today by announcing that he was seeking the Conservative nomination to challenge Ken Livingstone next May." - Telegraph

"Barring an extraordinary run of gaffes - by no means impossible - few in Westminster expected the selection process to deliver anything other than a Johnson victory." - Guardian

"Boris Johnson...personally assured David Cameron before he threw his blond mop into the ring that he intended to run a serious campaign." - Times

"Boris Johnson...has guaranteed the capital the electoral fireworks display it deserves, instead of another shoo-in for Ken Livingstone's coalition of the disgruntled." - Martin Vander Meyer in the Telegraph

"The decision by Boris Johnson to stand for Mayor of London should be celebrated by all those who mourn the dearth of mavericks in British politics." - Andrew Roberts in the Times

"David Cameron has just made his worst mistake. He will bitterly regret the day he encouraged Boris Johnson to stand as London's mayor." - Polly Toynbee in the Guardian

Gordonbrown100x1002 BROWN PLEDGES NO REFERENDUM

"Gordon Brown began his first trip abroad since becoming Prime Minister with a pledge to introduce the European Treaty without calling a referendum in Britain." - Independent

CONCERN OVER PEERS' PASSES

"Peers are handing out exclusive access to the Houses of Parliament to lobbyists and pressure groups, who pay them thousands of pounds a year." - Times

RELATIONS WITH RUSSIA

"Russia threatened Britain with "serious consequences" last night after David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, revived memories of the Cold War by announcing that four Russian diplomats were to be expelled from London." - Telegraph

"Shortly before Tony Blair left Number 10, he said the main lesson he had learnt as Prime Minister was that "you can't please all the people all the time". Gordon Brown is acquiring this knowledge fast." Rachel Sylvester in the Telegraph

Countryside100x100 THE STATE OF THE COUNTRYSIDE

"An exodus of young people to the towns is one of the biggest threats to the viability of villages and hamlets in England" - Times 

FAMILY LIFE UNDER THREAT

Family life is under threat from rising divorce rates and the longest working hours in Europe, the Children's Society has warned." - Daily Mail

WEALTH GAP WIDENS

"The wealth gap is at its widest for more than 40 years, creating ghettoes of the richest and the poorest that have virtually nothing to do with each other, a report finds today." - Telegraph

BAE SCANDAL

Ministers unsure how to respond to US Department of Justice request for information. - Guardian

"You say ‘when Tony Blair stopped the investigation’. Well, he didn’t, I did." - Interview with the head of the SFO in the Times

Spaceman100x100 MORE BRITISH SPACEMEN?

"The government should reconsider its decades-long ban on sending Britons into space, MPs say." - Guardian

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