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The Hamilton Affair: The cost - Right-wing donors united by their loathing of Fayed

HAVING SPENT his "last penny" trying to clear his name, Neil Hamilton was dependent on a fighting fund set up by right-leaning sympathisers.

The Hamilton Affair: The vanquished - Hamilton, a fatally flawed politician on the make who grabbed, gambled, lied and lost

LAST SATURDAY, the day after a highly favourable summing up by the judge in his libel action against Mohamed Al Fayed, the former Tory MP Neil Hamilton was musing how and when to make his political return. His formidable wife, Christine, was starting her memoirs which would chart their victory over adversity.

The Hamilton Affair: Fayed demolishes Hamilton in the sleaze trial of the century

NEIL HAMILTON was last night facing up to financial ruin, a reputation destroyed and public humiliation after a jury decided that he was indeed corrupt.

pounds 150,000 limit set in Hamilton case

AN AWARD of more than pounds 150,000 damages would be excessive should Neil Hamilton win his cash-for-questions libel action against Mohamed Al Fayed, a High Court jury was told today.

What secrets lie in a husband's trouser pockets?

OTHER PEOPLE'S lives are so much more fascinating than one's own. Take the Hamiltons, Neil and Christine, currently appearing in that smash hit comedy at the Old Bailey that everyone is talking about. I forget what it's called - Private Lives, Putting on the Ritz - something like that.

Hamilton `paid pounds 10,000 for writing two letters'

NEIL HAMILTON was paid pounds 10,000 for writing two letters, the High Court was told yesterday as the former MP denied tabling an amendment in the House of Commons in return for the cash.

Carman forces Hamilton to retreat on damages

NEIL HAMILTON dropped one of his main claims for damages against Mohamed Al Fayed yesterday after just 22 minutes of cross-examination by George Carman QC.

Hamilton's demands `horrified oil firm'

LIONEL BLUMENTHAL, the former head of Mobil Oil's tax affairs, told the High Court yesterday he was "horrified" when Tory MP Neil Hamilton asked about payment after he tabled an amendment on the firm's behalf in the Commons.

Hamilton `demanded pounds 10,000 fee from oil firm'

NEIL HAMILTON telephoned an oil company director and demanded a pounds 10,000 fee after tabling a Commons amendment to a government Bill, the High Court heard yesterday.

Second employee 'saw cash meant for Hamilton'

A SECOND employee of Mohamed Al Fayed told the High Court yesterday she saw the Harrods owner put cash into envelopes for Neil Hamilton.

Fayed aide tells of `wadge of cash' for Hamilton

MOHAMED AL Fayed's former secretary told the High Court yesterday that she put a "wodge of money" in a brown envelope for collection by Neil Hamilton when he was a Tory MP.

Arts: Theatre: Not black or comic enough

THE DEPICTION of a small community slipping loose from its moral moorings in times of war is not new, be it the sinister self-righteousness of Max Frish's Andorra or Michael Palin's pig pandemonium in A Private Function. Christopher William Hill's new play places this moral dilapidation against the backdrop of the tiny Cornish village of St Melor in the back- against-the-wall days of 1941.

Rugby Union: It's too tough for old boots

ALONG WITH a group of other doddery rugby veterans, I've been finding out how tough the modern game is - and we're not fond of it. We've been gathered in Bermuda and, while there's no lovelier island, we're all aching from head to toe after competing in the Bermuda Classic tournament.

Dunblane victim's father loses battle

THE FATHER of a five-year girl, murdered during the Dunblane massacre, has lost his long-running battle for compensation even though he has been unable to work since the killings.
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