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Wednesday 6th January 2010

10.45pm ToryDiary: Tory lead was 9% BEFORE today's attack on Brown's leadership

8.15pm Today's General Election Brief: Hewitt and Hoon's act of self harm is massive boost to Conservatives

> Check the rolling blog on LeftWatch throughout the evening for the latest on Labour's leadership crisis

7.30pm WATCH: Eric Pickles calls for a secret ballot of the entire country - at a general election

6.30pm Jonathan Isaby on CentreRight: DUP MP Iris Robinson admits to having had an affair

Screen shot 2010-01-06 at 16.43.344.45pm ToryDiary: Patricia Hewitt and Geoff Hoon adopt the Tory slogan, We can't go on like this

4.15pm Seats and Candidates: Final six named for Suffolk West

3.45pm Melanchthon on CentreRight: With Brown, or without him, Labour doesn't have the cojones

3.30pm WATCH: The SnowStorm plotters set out their stall:

3pm ToryDiary: What the Cameron leadership wants (and doesn't want) from the SnowStorm Plot

3pm Parliament: Lord Mandelson takes Andrew Rosindell's 10-Minute Rule Bill pn the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and adopts it as government policy

LabCrisis2.30pm Latest CentreRight posts on the "Snowstorm plot" against Gordon Brown

  • Paul Goodman MP: "Some will argue that a new Labour leader would be better for us; others the opposite.  What’s certain is that a general election now would be best for the country."
  • Ben Rogers: "If Labour MPs cannot decide whether or not they have confidence in their party's leader, why on earth do they think the British people can be expected to have confidence in their leadership?"

2.15pm WATCH: Sky News's Joey Jones considers the motivations of the Labour MPs moving against Gordon Brown

1.30pm Jonathan Isaby on CentreRight notes that Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt are singing from David Cameron's hymn sheet

1.15pm Alex Deane on CentreRight: London Underground doesn't really work on the weekends

Eric Pickles cheerful 1pm LeftWatch update: Eric Pickles says that an election is needed now to rid the country of the dysfunctional, faction ridden Labour Government

12.45pm LeftWatch Breaking News: Geoff Hoon and Patricia Hewitt call for ballot on Gordon Brown's leadership

12.30pm ToryDiary: David Cameron uses humour to good effect at a lively PMQs

11.15am Latest posts on CentreRight:

  • Graeme Archer: "I know that Choudary is a disgrace to every civilised norm I hold dear, and should not set the vile bodies of his supporters to march through that town. But, surely, to hold this view is a crime against the inviolable principle of freedom of speech?"
  • Jill Kirby: Breakfast on Planet Mandy
  • Policy Exchange's Henry Featherstone: Creating a "patient premium"

11am Parliament: Eric Pickles uncovers evidence that proves that Thursday night general election counts are perfectly viable

4908_Carey-George-Leonard9.30pm Tim Montgomerie on CentreRight: Control of immigration will restore voter confidence in politics, says Lord Carey

ToryDiary: Cameron is not for turning on marriage tax breaks

Deirdre Alden on LeftWatch: The hypocrisy of Labour MPs bleating about "glossy Conservative literature"

Tony Lodge on Platform: As Britain freezes, Labour's failure to pursue a balanced energy policy is more exposed than ever

Seats and Candidates Search for 100 Peers: Roger Scruton

Parliament: Not a single Labour backbencher yesterday spoke in favour of the "load of nonsense" that is the Government's flagship Fiscal Responsibility Bill

Local Government:

WATCH: President Obama admits there was an intelligence failure over the alleged Christmas Day bomb plot

Tories outline plans to police Budget

George Osborne on Politics Show "George Osborne, the shadow chancellor, outlined plans on Tuesday to keep a future Tory government on a strict path to cutting the £178bn  deficit, including the creation of a new three-person “budget responsibility committee” to police his plans... The Tory plan would see the creation of an office of budget responsibility, producing medium-term borrowing forecasts, making official recommendations for fiscal policy and assessing the UK’s fiscal sustainability over 50 years." - FT

Arctic weather brings Britain within hours of rationing gas supplies

"Britain brushed within 24 hours of national gas rationing yesterday as the cold snap sent demand soaring, industry figures have claimed... The Conservative Party claimed that Britain had only eight days’ gas supply left and Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary Greg Clark criticised the Government for having had “its head in the sand on this issue for 12 years”. - The Herald

> Yesterday's ToryDiary: Greg Clark warns that the UK has only eight days of gas storage remaining

> WATCH: Greg Clark expresses his concern in a BBC interview about the low levels of gas storage in the UK

Put criminals to work clearing icy pavements, say Scottish Tories - Daily Telegraph

Grayling accuses Government of treating intelligence in a cavalier fashion

"Gordon Brown's spokesman said on Monday that Britain had passed "security information about this individual's activities" to the United States, raising questions about whether U.S. officials failed to act on that intelligence. The opposition Conservative Party said the comments from Brown's spokesman risked damaging Britain's relations with the United States because they appeared to exaggerate the importance of the shared intelligence. Chris Grayling accused Brown's government of treating the intelligence in an "inaccurate and cavalier" fashion." - Reuters

> Yesterday in Parliament: Chris Grayling lambasts the Government for spinning intelligence

Gordon Brown "uses public money to spread the Labour word"

"Gordon Brown has been accused of misusing public money to boost Labour’s election prospects after spending more than £500,000 on regional Cabinet meetings in key marginal seats." - The Times

Peter Ainsworth to quit the Commons

AINSWORTH PETER NW "Another senior Tory announced he was to quit the Commons at the next general election today as the exodus of MPs continued... His decision to wait until the new year to make the announcement means his constituency will have a shortlist of three replacement candidates handed down by party HQ under pre-election rules introduced by Cameron." - The Guardian

"The first thing to watch for is whether the Tories go for an all women shortlist." - The Spectator's James Forsyth on Coffee House

> Yesterday in Seats and Candidates: Peter Ainsworth to step down as MP for Surrey East - the first MP to disenfranchise his local party under new selection rules

Cross-party group of MPs and peers sounds warning on immigration levels

"Gordon Brown and David Cameron were last night given an uncompromising warning not to ignore voters’ fury about soaring levels of immigration into Britain. Senior MPs and peers ­published a declaration urging all mainstream political parties to give manifesto commitments to slash the influx of newcomers by more than a quarter." - Daily Express

Mandelson's slap down of class warriors exposes tensions at the top of Labour...

Mandelson happy "Lord Mandelson will admit today that Britain became too dependent on the City of London for its growth and tax revenue while Gordon Brown was Chancellor. The Business Secretary will call for proper rewards for risk-takers and entrepreneurs in a slap-down to ministers who want the party to wage a "class war" against David Cameron. Yesterday, Lord Mandelson warned that Labour could not win the general election by appealing to its traditional working-class supporters." - The Independent

“Lord Mandelson’s comments expose just how deep the tensions and divisions over Labour’s election strategy run in the party. We can’t have a party on the brink of civil war running the country. The only way to get out of this mess is to call a general election.” - Conservative Party chairman Eric Pickles quoted in the Daily Telegraph there is further speculation about a plot against Brown

"Gordon Brown will face his first Question Time of general election year amid Westminster gossip about a plot to oust him as Prime Minister. But the rumours gained such a head of steam in the tea rooms of Westminster and in the blogosphere that Olympics minister Tessa Jowell was forced to put out a statement denying she was planning to quit." - Press Association

"The leader of the Labour Party after the next election both should be and probably will be David Miliband." - John Rentoul in The Independent

Tories complain about civil servant's anti-Cameron Facebook page - FT

Nick Clegg accuses Labour and the Tories of standing for "corrupt politics" - The Guardian

New MPs' expenses watchdog signals desire to increase their pay

"MPs should be “properly remunerated” the head of the new Parliamentary expenses watchdog said last night last amid fears that they will receive a big pay rise after the election." - Daily Telegraph

BNP faces fine for submitting misleading accounts - The Times

Simon Heffer is not enamoured of this week's electioneering

SImon Heffer "As we have come to expect, the Government lies and blusters to conceal its incompetence and failure; and apparently, the bigger the failure, the bigger the lies. Meanwhile, the Opposition pretends it has a clue as to how to save the country. Four more months of this will ensure massive public uninterest and, quite possibly, downright hostility." - Simon Heffer in the Daily Telegraph

Iceland defies the world

"Iceland's president has blocked a Bill to pay Britain and Holland up to £3.4billion for Icesave depositors, acknowledging that popular feeling in the island nation is too strong to proceed without a referendum." - Daily Telegraph

"The last thing we need is for Britain, the IMF and the EU to push Reykjavik into total bankruptcy or nobody will get anything." - Allister Heath in City AM

UDA to confirm it has dumped all its weapons - BBC

Rabble-rousing Islam4UK chief on £25,000 benefits - The Sun


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