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  1. Chancellor George Osborne addresses a CBI dinner in central London
  2. CBI president Sir Mike Rake urges businesses to 'speak out early' in favour of staying in a reformed EU
  3. UKIP leader Nigel Farage tells the BBC his party is 100% united for the UK's forthcoming EU referendum
  4. Tristram Hunt says he will not stand and instead backs Liz Kendall for the Labour leadership
  5. Home Secretary Theresa May tells Police Federation "stop crying wolf" and scaremongering over cuts

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By Kristiina Cooper and Aiden James

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A look back at the day

As we sign off for the night, a quick round-up of the day's main stories. 

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Charles Kennedy headed for Holyrood?

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Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged former party heavyweights who lost their seats at Westminster to stand for the Scottish Parliament.

Former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy, ex-chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander and former Scottish secretary Michael Moore were voted out of Westminster amid an SNP landslide at the general election.

When asked if they could be persuaded to stand for Holyrood on STV Scotland Tonight, Mr Rennie said he would "always encourage them to do so".

I think there is no doubt that people of the standard of Charles Kennedy would fit in well in the Scottish Parliament."

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Salmond: no 'carte blanche' for a Tory PM


Alex Salmond tells Newsnight: "If things are badly led and badly organised, if there is an attempt at a carve-up then people have a way of upsetting the apple cart and people that have that sort of view of politics are heading for a fall and I really wouldn't want their fall to be on the European issue.”

Would he back David Cameron's renegotiation of the UK's relationship with the EU?

Not necessarily, I'd have to see what he renegotiates. There are a number of people, well very few people, in this world that I'd give a carte blanche to - Nicola Sturgeon of course - but one person I certainly wouldn't is a Tory prime minister.”

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Salmond on EU referendum


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The former First Minister of Scotland and SNP MP Alex Salmond - who knows a thing or two about referendums - gives his views on the likely in/out EU vote to the BBC's Newsnight.

Mr Salmond, who was SNP leader during the campaign for a Yes vote for independence last year, says that "to a certain extent" he feels uncomfortable about being on the "establishment" side this time round.

But Mr Salmond - a strong supporter of EU membership - argues against what he calls an "establishment, carve-up campaign" to stay in.

As for speculation that Chancellor George Osborne will take the lead in campaigning for a Yes vote to continuing EU membership, Mr Salmond has a suggestion for him.

Please, not the figurehead in Scotland. Not if you want a Yes vote."

Views on Labour's defeat

The BBC Ten O'Clock News also speaks to Nick Bent, who stood unsuccessfully for Labour in Warrington South, which was won by the Conservative David Mowat.

He tells Lucy Manning that voters "did not trust us on the economy" while Ed Miliband did not come across "as a strong potential prime minister".

Meanwhile, Ed Miliband's former director of communications, Bob Roberts, feels that the most significant factor was a "tidal wave in Scotland which we got caught up in".

However, as Lucy adds, even if Labour had won all of Scotland's seats - rather than losing all but one to the SNP - it still would not have won the election.

'Keep calm' on EU

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Political correspondent Ben Geoghegan tells Radio 4's the World Tonight that there's "growing nervousness" in the business world about the referendum on the UK's membership of the European Union.

He says George Osborne - in his speech to the CBI this evening - sought to recognise the fact that businesses (not just Conservative backbench MPs) have views on the EU.

Ben says Mr Osborne's message was "keep calm and let me carry on negotiating".

Labour 'will rue' ordering the EdStone


The BBC's Lucy Manning looks at the reasons behind Labour's election defeat on the Ten O'Clock News.

One of the people they didn't manage to convince was the director of the company that made the much-derided pledge stone unveiled during the election campaign.

Steve Vanhinsberg of company Stone Circle says he personally felt the Conservatives were "more pro-business" and he was "worried about some of Labour's policies".

While he was obviously happy to take the commission from the party, he thinks the "EdStone" was a bad idea.

History is written by the winners and the Labour Party, I think, will rue the day they ordered the Ed Stone to be made. If you read what he's written there closely, they're all so vague, they're not worth what they're written on."

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Office politics

A Conservative MP tweets...

Due to high regard whips hold me in, my office is being moved in parliament from the top floor of building furthest from the chamber to ....

... To elsewhere on the top floor of the building furthest from the chamber, but a bit nearer the elevators. #progress.

Edstone was 'foolish'

BBC Labour campaign correspondent for the election

At 10 the man who carved the Edstone says it was foolish & they'll rue the day it was made & ex Labour aide Bob Roberts on why Labour lost.

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Time for our nightly look at tomorrow's papers, starting with the FT.

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CBI director welcomes productivity focus

CBI director general John Cridland gives his reaction to George Osborne's speech.

Productivity is a missing piece of the growth puzzle and the chancellor is right to focus on this issue. By improving vocational education for 14 to 18-year-olds, investing more in innovation and upgrading the UK's infrastructure, we can make sure the benefits of growth are felt by all. Businesses fully support prioritising deficit reduction, which is critical to maintaining the UK's credibility in international markets and keeping the costs of borrowing low for growing firms."

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Danczuk rules out deputy leader bid

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SImon Danczuk, the Labour MP for Rochdale, is reported to have ruled out standing for deputy leader of the party.

The website LabourList says that - despite being approached by colleagues urging him to stand - Mr Danczuk has said “it’s come a bit too early for me”.

He was first elected to the Commons in 2010 and has campaigned for action on historic child sex abuse claims.

Shadow leader of the Commons Angela Eagle has announced she will run for deputy leader, joining Labour MPs Caroline Flint and Ben Bradshaw in the race.

Tom Watson, Labour's former campaign co-ordinator, is reported to be crowd-funding a deputy leadership bid, while Stella Creasy, the Walthamstow MP, has said she is "open to the question" of running.

Osborne: confront hard truths about Europe

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George Osborne tells the CBI dinner: "We should confront some hard truths about Europe. The problem of making the single currency work is inevitably drawing its members toward ever-closer integration. We don't want to be part of that integration."

He says the government is fighting for deregulation in Europe, adding: "you will hear plenty of commentary about this EU negotiation" ahead of a referendum on the UK's membership.

There will be endless stories that say we are making progress, or we aren't, depending on which of any number of European officials or politicians has just spoken to journalists. I'd advise everyone to take all this coverage with a large pinch of salt. The real negotiations will be carried out at the highest level and in private."

'In Europe, not run by Europe'

George Osborne sets out a familiar Conservative Party line on the EU to the CBI dinner, on a day in which the business organisation's president, Sir Mike Rake, has called on businesses to "speak out early" in favour of remaining in a reformed European Union.

I accept that there are people, maybe in this room, who want us to leave the EU come-what-may. And there are also those, including some in this room, who want us to go further into a more federal Europe. But our position - which I think is shared by the majority of British people and a majority of British businesses - is that we want Britain to be in Europe, but not run by Europe. That is what we'll be fighting for."

Chancellor is planning 'extreme cuts'

Frances O'Grady

Responding to George Osborne's speech to the CBI, TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady says productivity has "stagnated" during his time as Chancellor.

"It will not be boosted by slashing public investment and removing workers' rights," she says. "It's no good putting your foot on the pedal if you keep cutting the fuel in the tank."

She accuses Mr Osborne of planning "extreme cuts" that will put growth at risk.

A firm foundation for higher productivity requires a much better economic plan. And a fairer share of growth must go to wages so that workers have more money to spend."

Osborne on the EU

Financial Times Deputy Political Editor tweets...

Osborne at #CBI dinner. rolling out pro-European line: "we want to be in Europe but not run by Europe" He's brought Hammond with him too

Government departments told to 'underspend'

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The Chancellor tells the CBI: "We need to roll up our sleeves and get on with the hard work of getting the public finances into surplus".

He announces that Treasury Minister Greg Hands has written to "unprotected departments" today to ensure they continue to identify savings and "achieve underspends" this year. 

He says there isn't a fixed target or timetable but savings made in this financial year "will help to deliver the longer term target of £13bn of savings by 2017/18".

Protected areas - health, schools and international aid - will not be affected.

We've achieved underspends in previous years. We can do so again this year. When it comes to saving money, we all know that the more you can do early, the smoother the ride."

George Osborne

The productivity puzzle

George Osborne, in his speech to the CBI, reflects on the "productivity puzzle". 

"Why, for so many years, have British workers been less productive than their German or American counterparts?" he asks.

He says you hear "a lot of answers" but nobody knows the full answer.

"But what I do know is that I’d much rather have the productivity challenge than the challenge of mass unemployment."

He goes on to say that Britain's infrastructure is "not nearly good enough" and that the level of skills is "unacceptable".

Moving on to childcare, he says it's among the most expensive in the world and it's "acting as a block" to parents - particularly women - who want to work.

He promises tax-free childcare and full-time free nursery places to working parents of all three and four-year-olds.

It’s what modern, dynamic economies should be providing."

New government company

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The Chancellor announces the creation of a new government-owned company - UK Government Investments. He says UKGI is part of the government's plan to deliver the "biggest ever sale" of publicly-owned corporate and financial assets in 2015-16. 

The new company will manage the sale of shares in Lloyds Banking Group, UK Asset Resolution assets, Eurostar and the pre-2012 student loan book.  

Committee roles for 18 of the 56?

BBC Scotland political correspondent tweets...

SNP source pointing out that the 18 missing from appointments list are "well placed" for record number of committee memberships..

A Productivity Plan

George Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne is making a speech to the CBI this evening in which he reveals the themes for his budget on 8 July. They are: dealing with Britain's debts; "rebalancing" the economy; and increasing productivity.

He announces that before the budget the government will publish a Productivity Plan to "make Britain work better". It will identify what needs to be done to tackle various "weaknesses" including the transport system, broadband and childcare.

He says: "Improving the productivity of our country is the route to raising standards of living for everyone in this country."

"Our future prosperity depends on it. … It is now within our grasp to make Britain the most prosperous country in the world, and the best place to do business."

He adds: "It would be very easy at the beginning of a second term to take our foot off the pedal. That's not what we're going to do." 

I want Britain to find that extra gear. So we deliver for working people. And with your help, that's exactly what I intend to do."

Hilton on Cameron and Crosby

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Steve Hilton

Steve Hilton, a former director of strategy for David Cameron, tells the BBC News channel that the prime minister is "definitely a radical at heart".

Mr Hilton, who is promoting a new book setting out his views on greater involvement by citizens in politics, denies that his ideas were "dropped" by Tory election strategist Lynton Crosby in favour of a focus on areas such as the economy.

"Lynton's a good friend of mine. He ran a brilliant campaign, much better than anything I could have done," Mr Hilton says.

However, he argues that the government has followed some of his ideas, such as "working with the poorest families, to try and get their lives on track, investing in the health service, helping people engage in their local communities".

This is not what people would describe as "traditional" Conservatism but "modern, compassionate Conservatism", he insists.

All but 18

BBC Scotland political correspondent tweets...

Lots of new SNP intake get jobs as spokespeople & shadowing govt ministers.. by my reckoning 18 from 50 new MPs didn't get a role.. yet

Roles for new SNP MPs


The SNP - now the third largest party in the Commons - has confirmed roles for the majority of its new intake of MPs as shadow ministers and spokesmen and women.

The party had already announced its main leadership roles, including the appointment of Alex Salmond as international affairs and Europe spokesman.

See the full list here.

Chairman 'to fight' committee scrapping

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Graham Allen
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Labour MP Graham Allen says he intends to fight the abolition of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee all the way.

The BBC understands that the government is to scrap the Commons committee, which Mr Allen chaired in the last Parliament.

The move comes as the government is poised to introduce a British Bill of Rights to replace the Human Rights Act and propose new boundary changes - issues that would have been scrutinised by the committee.

The government intends constitutional issues to be covered by the Justice Committee and the Public Administration Committee.

Suzanne Evans: going out 'on a high'

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Suzanne Evans

Just under two weeks ago Suzanne Evans had been anointed interim leader of UKIP. Yesterday she was unceremoniously told that her contract to lead policy development at the party was not being renewed.

I understand she wasn't informed beforehand by Nigel Farage. Now she has to wait until Friday to see what new role he wants to offer her. Suzanne Evans spoke out in support of her election campaign press conference partner, Patrick O'Flynn, after he attacked the UKIP leader. She said Mr O'Flynn - now the former economic spokesman - was brave. She's since denied being part of any plot to depose Nigel Farage, saying the only person who was plotting against him was himself.

There was a defiant tone from her after she was stripped of the policy role. She told me: "I'm not concerned that my contract isn't being renewed. The manifesto was a huge success and I'm not sure I could top it. Better to go out on a high, don't you think?"

The big question now is...what will the leader offer the woman who was widely praised for her role in the election campaign, so much so that it ended with Nigel Farage choosing her to take over (briefly)?

Watchdog will not challenge FoI ruling

Members of the public are to be allowed to see copies of invoices and receipts submitted by MPs in their expense claims, after the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority dropped its legal bid to keep them under wraps.

The regulatory body announced it would not pursue its challenge to a Freedom of Information request initially submitted by a Sunday Telegraph journalist in 2010.

IPSA - set up after the scandal over MPs' expenses - lost a Court of Appeal challenge against the Information Commissioner's ruling in April and has now announced that it will not go to the Supreme Court.

It released copies of the three documents, which relate to stationery ordered by Chancellor George Osborne, website production and design for Speaker John Bercow and printer ink bought by the late Labour MP Alan Keen.

A spokesman said that IPSA would continue to publish summaries as it has done over the past five years. Requests to view copies of the original documents will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The five-year legal battle has cost the publicly-funded IPSA £187,000.

Ashcroft rounds on 'post-hoc smart-arsery'

Lord Ashcroft

Pollsters are being given a hard time for failing to detect even a hint of a Conservative victory. But now the pollster and Conservative peer, Lord Ashcroft, is hitting back at critics.

In an article for the New Statesman he says: "Elements of the commentariat are indulging in a good deal of wisdom after the event, or post-hoc smart-arsery, to use the technical term."

He argues he did have some successes, saying his polls in Battersea, Berwickshire, Bristol North-West and Bristol West were "on the money". He jokes: "Indeed, my record in constituencies beginning with B is unsurpassed."

On a serious note, he warns the Conservatives they should not "misunderstand the result", saying that his election day poll found that people who prioritised leadership and competence "voted Tory by a landslide". Meanwhile those for whom values were more important, he says, were more likely to go for Labour. 

He concludes: 

The prize is to win both."

'Seat wars' latest

Tim Reid, BBC Scotland political correspondent

House of Commons

The SNP has been accused of engaging in a "bizarre" squabble over seating arrangements in the House of Commons. It follows a row over where the nationalists should sit now they are the third largest party at Westminster.

A Labour source has described it as a "strange" issue for their rivals to be focusing on - but SNP MPs insist they have the right to sit on front two benches, which the third party has occupied in the past. Although the SNP say they have been seeking talks and an agreement with Labour, there are no discussions planned.

The Labour source said: "During the general election the SNP told the people of Scotland that if elected their number one focus would be taking on the Tories. Sadly, their true priorities in their first week after being elected has been where they sit in the chamber."

Over the last few days, the Labour MP Dennis Skinner has been joined by several colleagues on the front bench - which the SNP claim should be theirs - while nationalist MPs have occupied some of the seats on Labour's front bench and behind.

MP's 'phenomenal journey' to Westminster

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Naz Shah

From a forced marriage to a mum in prison, Labour's Naz Shah says she has had a "phenomenal journey" to Westminster.

Shah, the MP for Bradford West, said before politics she looked after her siblings while her mother was imprisoned for murder.

"I was 18 years old. Mum got locked up, I had two siblings - an 11-year-old and a 13-year-old - safe to say our lives were turned upside down," said Shah.

"Two children, 18 and didn't know much of the world. I used to work in Seabrooks packing crisps, just before that I worked in a launderette. I wasn't who I am today that's for sure," she added.

Listen to the clip from 5 live Daily.