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The organisation was given at least £2.5 million of National Lottery funding and public-sector grants despite having no record of charitable activity

Tory MP David Tredinnick is an advocate of astrology and alternative medicine

Astrology-loving MP David Tredinnick 'convinced' practise can reduce strain on NHS

He is also a strong advocate of alternative and complementary medicine

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Charlie Brooks is reportedly planning on standing for UKIP in the next general election

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Lord Finkelstein, a former aide to William Hague when he was party leader, has spent nearly two decades arguing for Tories to broaden their appeal

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Lord Finkelstein tells conference that wooing Farage supporters risks alienating the young, minorities and voters in North

Over two million of the poorest people in England are facing rising council tax demands this year

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Cuts to the benefit system have seen nearly 16,000 people in London alone referred to bailiffs for non-payment

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Did you know that Ukip has something called a “front bench”? Well, it has – and over the past two days, Nigel Farage has been conducting what his people grandly call a “reshuffle” to overcome the idea he runs the whole show single-handedly, and to give the party a more modern finish.

Vitol’s Ian Taylor has close links to David Cameron

Major Tory donor’s company in talks to finance sanctioned Russian oil giant

The chief executive of Vitol, which avoided huge sums in UK tax, has handed £1m to the Conservative Party

Nigel Farage has promoted Diane James to role of Ukip's home affairs and justice spokeswoman

Ukip reshuffle places women in senior roles

Nigel Farage has promoted several women to senior roles in Ukip as he tried to shed his party’s image as a “one-man band”.

Ed Miliband will launch a campaign including more than a dozen speeches by Shadow Cabinet members over the next five weeks

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Ed Miliband will warn voters tomorrow that they cannot risk another five years of Conservative government as he spells out the “big choice” at next year’s general election.

Ukip’s campaign was marred by allegations of racism

Ukip councillor Gordon Gillick: 'Poor, badly educated people are fat because they like it'

They enjoy being 25 stone, said Councillor Gillick.

A third of workers to pay higher rate of tax by 2033, says OBR

Former Tory Chancellor Lord Lamont believes increasing the higher rate of tax should be 'a top objective for a Conservative government'

Ian Taylor, chief executive of Vitol

The Tory donor whose firm is one of Britain’s biggest tax avoiders - with HMRC's blessing

Ian Taylor’s vast oil trading company paid barely 10 per cent tax on profits of £9bn

Lubov Chernukhin, a banker and the wife of a former finance minister in Putin’s Russia paid £160,000 for a tennis match with Boris Johnson and David Cameron

I won't play tennis match if 'geezer' is Putin ally, says Boris Johnson – but Cameron insists auctioned game will go ahead

Boris Johnson and David Cameron last night insisted they would go ahead with a £160,000 Tory fundraising tennis match – even though the husband of the auction winner had close links to the Kremlin.

Lib Dem MP David Ward may still be disciplined

Israel-Gaza conflict: Liberal Democrat MP David Ward apologises for controversial tweet

David Ward, a Liberal Democrat MP, has been forced to apologise after suggesting that he might be ready to fire rockets into Israel if he lived in Gaza.

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