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This column is delighted to report that the actor and coal miner's son Brian Blessed remains in the race for the Chancellorship of Cambridge University, and last week released his first campaign video on YouTube. The next Chancellor, Blessed booms, "must be a pretty energetic guy with huge vision, a love of life, a love of people and a deep appreciation of education. He must sweat blood to help people who are underprivileged; you've got to sweat blood. That's why I want to be Chancellor." He added: "Gordon's ALIVE!!!" (No, of course he didn't.)

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The family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler met the Prime Minister today and said they were "delighted" that a full, judge-led inquiry will be held into the phone hacking scandal.

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Relatives of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler today called on Rebekah Brooks to "do the honourable thing" and quit.

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To the Chelsea Theatre, for the opening night of As I Like It, an autobiographical play by the socialite and poet (no, really), Amanda Eliasch. The racy 75-minute monologue takes in everything from childhood sexual abuse to adult infidelity. "After the age of 38," Eliasch complained, "there aren't any sexy roles for women in plays, and nowadays women can be sexy until they're 80!" Was she playing to the gallery? Her audience contained, among others, the sexy older women Nancy Dell'Olio (49), Vivienne Westwood (70), and newly blonde Tracey Emin (48). "I enjoyed the play," Emin told me. "But it was seven minutes too long."

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Lord Prescott wins hacking probe review

Former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott will have his complaints about the Metropolitan Police's handling of the News of the World phone-hacking case fully aired in court following a ruling in his favour today.

Prescott evidence triggered new Met inquiry, court told

Evidence that the News of the World's private investigator illegally snooped on John Prescott while he was running the country helped trigger the new police inquiry into phone hacking, the High Court heard yesterday.

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