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Sunday 26th April 2009

Picture 8 10pm WATCH: "Impatient" David Cameron says government must deliver "more for less" in "age of austerity"

8.15pm ToryDiary: Ten conclusions from the Cheltenham Spring Forum

7.30pm WATCH: Dan Hannan attacks Gordon Brown for being unwilling to accept criticism

4.30pm ToryDiary: It was right to raise taxes when Britain last faced a debt crisis says Cameron

3.45pm ToryDiary: Highlights of George Osborne's speech to Spring Forum

OsborneGreenTie12.15pm ToryDiary: Osborne wants mandate from electorate for specific spending cuts

Local Government: Mark Wallace asks Icelandic banks: Will Councils really get a refund?

11am WATCH: Dan Hannan addresses fringe meeting of The Freedom Association

11am Peter Whittle on CentreRight: The culmination of London's St George's Day celebrations were dismal

ToryDiary: Let's hope there's a secret plan

Alex Marsh on Platform: Can we at least discuss the moral case for low taxation?

Local government:

Second YouGov poll in two days confirms 18% Tory lead - Yesterday evening's ToryDiary

David Cameron to promise "massive change" in speech to Tories in Cheltenham

CAMERON POINTING "There is only one way out of this mess and that is through massive change. I'm frustrated it's not happening. I'm impatient to get on with it." - A preview of Mr Cameron's remarks in The Sunday Telegraph

"David Cameron will today make a scathing attack on what he will call Labour's "economic incompetence" that has left Britain in its deepest recession since the Second World War.  He will tell the Conservative Spring Forum that Gordon Brown's administration has wasted billions of pounds of taxpayers' money, and left the country with its highest debt in history." - Sky News

Observer: Neither main party is saying what it will cut

"Severe cuts are coming one way or another. The difference between Labour and the Tories is simply that the government is being dishonest about the coming austerity while the opposition is being macho about it. But neither side wants to talk about where the cuts will actually be made." - Observer leader

Andrew Rawnsley: New Toryism has been killed by the spending squeeze too - Observer

Boris denies breach with Cameron

JOHNSON Boris 2 "He denied, in an interview with the ConservativeHome website, a report in the Times' that he "despised" Mr Cameron, saying the report was "obvious tripe" and "fantasy". He also played down recent reports that he is planning to be prime minister saying that being London mayor is "almost certainly my last big job in British politics"." - BBC

> Yesterday's ConHome exclusive

Cameron accused of "sanctions-busting jolly" to apartheid-era S Africa when he was 23 - Independent on Sunday

David Cameron dares Gordon Brown to hold TV debates - The Sunday Times

Nadine Dorries MP to sue over McBride emails

"Nadine Dorries, the MP for mid-Bedfordshire, confirmed last night that she would take legal action over what she has insisted were false allegations made about her. The announcement comes only days after Dorries demanded - and received - a public apology from Gordon Brown in the Commons, raising the intriguing possibility that Brown's own words could form part of her evidence." - Observer | BBC

Iain Duncan Smith backs Alex Salmond's scheme to charge minimum of 40p per unit of alcohol - Sunday Times

Brown faces humiliating defeat on expenses

"Gordon Brown was last night forced into a humiliating retreat over MPs' expenses to avoid defeat in the Commons. Ministers are now frantically seeking a compromise deal after accepting that the proposed flat-rate allowance for attending parliament, announced with great fanfare five days ago in a ground-breaking YouTube video, would be rejected in a vote. One cabinet aide said the government faced a "humiliating defeat" if it put the measures to a free vote, adding: "Even our lot won't have it."" - Observer

Peers for cash set to be suspended

"Two Labour peers at the centre of the lords for hire scandal have been found guilty of misconduct by a sleaze inquiry and face suspension from parliament, according to senior House of Lords sources." - The Sunday Times

The Mail on Sunday "shames" the public buildings that did not fly St George's flag on Thursday - Mail on Sunday


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