The Conservatives must be prepared for “sudden elections” at any time by creating a manifesto committee to vet policies and establishing a new youth wing, an internal review has found.
The former cabinet minister Eric Pickles is to be given a knighthood, Downing Street has announced.
Heritage groups have accused the government of failing to protect Britain’s world heritage sites after effectively allowing plans for a development on London’s South Bank that will obscure views of the Houses of Parliament.
Eric Pickles, the communities secretary, has sent commissioners into Tower Hamlets council in east London after he failed to receive assurances from the council leadership that they would take on board criticisms over its governance.
Eric Pickles, the communities secretary, is facing opposition from the home secretary, Theresa May, and the Liberal Democrats over plans to force all councils and police authorities to hold a council-wide referendum if they propose a council tax rise of more than 1%.
Senior Conservatives appeared to be split on Sunday over how they should tackle the growing electoral threat from the UK Independence party, which has risen to third in the polls.
A Tory MP on Wednesday asked David Cameron about the millions of British people who are the victims of scams every year.