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Damning review will accuse Corporation of turning a blind eye to shamed entertainer's actions

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Where are Alastair Campbell and John Scarlett when you need them to rebut this awful tittle-tattle about Tony and Wendi?

Details of the friendship continue to trickle into the public domain

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China and other Far East countries are set to make “massive” investments in the UK’s nuclear programme, Energy Secretary Ed Davey said yesterday.

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Centre stage: Tony Hall plans live broadcasts from the National Theatre

BBC to beef up its arts coverage

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David Cameron has branded the Labour Party’s tax policy “nuts”, warning that it would drive business out of Britain and hamper the economic recovery.

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Vince Cable has condemned a 'stupid and offensive' campaign against illegal immigrants

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Broadcaster Andrew Marr will return full-time to his presenting duties in the autumn following his recovery from a major stroke, the BBC confirmed today.

David Miliband bade farewell to British politics yesterday with a warning to his younger brother that the Conservatives could still win the next general election outright

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The former Labour minister said the party could be on the verge of a “great prize” if the next government is not a coalition

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