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8.30pm WATCH: Boris Johnson: "Heathrow is failing as a hub"
5.30pm Local government: The Paddington Academy success story
4.30pm MPsETC: Leader of Tory MEPs condemns European Commission for demanding extra £8billion funding from national governments
4pm Local government: Schoolgirl heckled at Labour conference for attending an academy
2.45pm WATCH: William Hague: Syrian attack on Turkey is "outrageous", Britain expresses its "strong solidarity"
1.45pm ToryDiary: Boris attacks the Government's "lamentable" airport plans, which could cause an "economic catastrophe"
12.30pm Dr Teck Khong on Comment: We should maintain our international aid spending – but we can make it smarter and more innovative
11am WATCH: Mancunians – in an unscientific Daily Politics poll – are divided over whether Ed Miliband is too posh
ToryDiary: Can Hunt escape an NHS crisis on his watch?
Also on ToryDiary: This could be the civil service's expenses-gate. Its Lehman moment. Its hacking crisis.
Columnist Andrew Lilico: Which Eurozone countries can and can't cut deficits without currency devaluation?
LeftWatch: Five things we’ve learnt about Ed Miliband’s Labour from their Manchester conference
International: Mitt Romney receives momentum shift as he easily bests Obama in first presidential debate
Local Government: Harry Phibbs reviews The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
The Deep End: The awful truth about Ed Miliband
WATCH: Romney and Obama clash on the US deficit and spending cuts
Greening and Villiers safe in new jobs despite West Coast rail fiasco
"Ministers could not be expected to delve into the minutiae of the West Coast Main Line franchise award and other complex deals, Downing Street insisted yesterday. Justine Greening and Theresa Villiers, the two ministers at the Department for Transport when the bids were being considered and awarded, appeared safe in their new roles, despite the fiasco. Senior Tory sources said that ministers should not carry the blame for failing to spot errors in highly technical spreadsheets unintelligible to the layman." – Times (£)
> Today on ToryDiary: This could be the civil service's expenses-gate. Its Lehman moment. Its hacking crisis.
> Coverage from yesterday:
We may have to cut back on NHS spending if we win the next election, Hunt says
"The Tories pledged to ringfence the NHS budget until 2015, but the Health Secretary said in an interview that the current ‘uncertain’ economic situation meant it may not be possible to repeat the promise next time. His comments are at odds with those of his predecessor Andrew Lansley, who said last year that health spending would have to continue rising ‘until kingdom come’ because of the growing elderly population." – Daily Mail
> Today on ToryDiary: Can Hunt escape an NHS crisis on his watch?
> From yesterday - WATCH: Andy Burnham rails against NHS "privatisation"
Andrew Mitchell pulls out of Conservative party conference to avoid being a "distraction"
"The minister has reversed his earlier decision to attend the party’s annual gathering in Birmingham because he does not want to be a “distraction”. The move is a blow to the Conservatives because Mr Mitchell, who represents Sutton Coldfield, is one of the party’s few MPs with a seat in the city. It is also extremely rare for a senior politician like Mr Mitchell, who can attend Cabinet, to stay aware from the annual conference." – Daily Telegraph
Britain in talks on cybersecurity hotline with China and Russia
"Britain has begun tentative talks with China and Russia about setting up a hotline to help prevent cyber-emergencies from spiralling out of control. The discussions are at an early stage but they reflect anxiety from all sides that a calamity in cyberspace, whether deliberate or accidental, could have devastating consequences unless there is a quick and reliable way for senior officials to reach each other." - Guardian
New "City Minister" Greg Clark tells Brussels to crack down on market abuse
"The EU should stand firm and enact tough laws on market abuse, including hefty fines for wrongdoing, the new UK City minister said in his maiden speech to a Brussels audience. He stressed London is no soft touch on regulation. Greg Clark, who took over as the UK coalition government’s leader on financial regulation in September, urged EU policy makers not to water down plans to standardise market abuse rules across the 27-nation bloc." – FT (£)
> From today - Andrea Leadsom MP on Comment: The British option for EU reform can be based on trade and less interference
Ironbridge Gorge 'saved' by Eric Pickles' £12m grant
"Ironbridge Gorge, regarded by historians as the cradle of the industrial revolution, has been saved for the nation with a multi-million pound government grant. … The cash will go to restoring and protecting the gorge and its bridge so that generations can enjoy the landscape that sparked a new age of modernity in Britain." – Daily Telegraph
Thug kung-fu kicked Tory MP who tried to stop him vandalising bus stop
"A skinhead admitted kung-fu kicking Tory Stewart Jackson when the MP tried to make a citizens arrest after spotting him vandalising a bus stop. Ivans Karanovs, 20, attacked Peterborough MP Mr Jackson and bystander Christopher Brierley. … The MP decided to make a stand and carry out a citizen's arrest but backed down when Karanovs became aggressive. Shaven-headed Karanovs then launched a kung-fu style kick into the politician's side in front of his horrified wife." - Daily Telegraph
Phillip Blond: David Cameron has lost his chance to redefine the Tories
"Rather like some ghastly ghost story, the various shades of the conservative past have returned and overwhelmed the good that Cameron originally represented. His brand is now polling almost at the same level as that of the Conservative party itself. His failure to maintain a coherent new vision has led to spasmodic appeals to vague progressive notions that have further alienated his own base and suggested that the PM is not a master of his own beliefs. None of this is helped by an almost permanent lack of central direction; even cabinet ministers do not know who is in control of the government's message or approach." – Phillip Blond for the Guardian
Class war and marches, so much for One Nation: Miliband vows to support union protest against cuts
"A day after he made his audacious attempt to claim the ‘One Nation’ philosophy from the Tories, Ed Miliband was back making left-wing class war attacks yesterday. Despite his earlier claims that Labour would unite the rich and poor, he pledged to speak at a trade union march against austerity measures. And in a question and answer session with grassroots members, Mr Miliband referred to activists as ‘comrades’ and boasted that ‘hatred’ of the Government kept his party united." – Daily Mail
> Today on The Deep End: The awful truth about Ed Miliband
> Coverage from yesterday:
National 'virtual ID card' scheme set for launch – Independent
World economic crisis recovery will take at least a decade, says IMF chief economist – Daily Mail
Turkey strikes Syrian targets after cross-border mortar bomb kills five – Guardian
Divorce rates fall – Daily Mail
Making prisoners use bucket as toilet is not degrading, rules judge – Daily Telegraph
Romney wins first presidential debate
"Sixty-seven percent of registered voters who watched the debate said GOP nominee Mitt Romney won the debate, while 25% said President Barack Obama came out as the winner, according to a CNN/ORC International Poll released late Wednesday night." – CNN
"With the possible exception of a highly technical exchange on Medicare I’m not sure [Obama] won a single round. Romney by contrast was back to his best. The 27 debates he endured against his Republican challengers in the spring proved good preparation for this contest." – Alex Massie of the Spectator
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