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A Place for Every Child: Making the Free Entitlement Work
23 October 2008 – National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) and the Local Government Association (LGA) today launched a new publication, ‘Making the Free Early Years Entitlement Work – good practice case studies to partnership working.’

I hope the new shadow leader will be opposing Hariette Harmans attempt to exclude MPs expenses from the Freedom of Information Act.

However it has been reported that the 1922 comittee support the exclusion - anyone know anything?

It is our (tax-payers money) - if MP's don't want us to know what they spend, then they should use their own money...

Cameron needs to reaffirm his commitment to openness by opposing this coverup; also his commitment to not being controlled by europe, the torys must leave the EPP immediately.

Official from CCHQ:


New to the Shadow Cabinet:

The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform

Mark Francois MP Shadow Minister for Europe

New Shadow Cabinet responsibilities:

Alan Duncan MP Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

Chris Grayling MP Shadow Home Secretary

The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

Nick Herbert MP Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Shadow Minister for Women

Eric Pickles MP Chairman of the Conservative Party

Caroline Spelman MP Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

The big six now will be Cameron, Hague, Osborne, Clarke, Grayling and Pickles. A very strong and impressive top six. A shame its all male, but very very strong.

Message for Chris Grayling MP - we don't need more legislation. Enough already. We don't need to create hundreds of new criminal offences - just enforce existing law. The focus should be on order, not law.

Could we possibly repeal some of the new offences created by Labour?

Wot no David Davis?

Any idea when the news will come through on the non-cabinet Ministerial positions?

Great - Radio 5 live already has pointless argument about 20 year old problems on Europe.

Truth is, Ken's return is an admission by the party that bringing back Mandelson has worked, and has forced DC into a response.

Groundhog Day.

Not that I wish to demonstrate any element of schadenfreude but is there a list of those who are "out"?

Yes. I think it goes something like this:

Peter Ainsworth (Shadow DEFRA Secretary)
Jacqui Lait (Shadow Local Govt Minister)

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