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Notorious friend of Boris Johnson sues blogger over claim he's Iran's

Darius Guppy, the convicted fraudster who once sought Boris Johnson's help in a plot to beat up a journalist, has launched a libel action over claims that he has become a stooge of the Iranian regime. Guppy achieved notoriety in 1993 when he was jailed for an £1.8m insurance fraud involving a faked robbery. Guppy, best man to Earl Spencer, asked his friend Mr Johnson to give him the address of a journalist investigating the case, so that he could have him beaten up.

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The Insider: Interesting house plants

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He's one of the most respected – and recognisable – figures in architecture. But what inspired Mike Davies' curious obsession?