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David Cameron's problems over "Tory sleaze" deepened last night amid allegations that the Conservative Party chairman Caroline Spelman paid her nanny out of her parliamentary allowances.

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Blair's constituency is most expensive for council tax

The local authority that covers Tony Blair's constituency has the highest council tax in England, figures published by the Government yesterday show. The annual returns from local authorities of the charges they will levy from next month show that a band D home in Sedgefield will have an annual council tax bill of £1,376, a rise of 6.4 per cent on the current financial year.

Fertility patients hit by beds crisis

HEALTH AUTHORITIES are cutting their funding for infertility treatment in order to concentrate on meeting govern- ment targets for reducing hospital waiting lists, according to a survey.

Women to be promoted in Hague shuffle

WILLIAM HAGUE is planning to promote several women to the Tory front bench in a symbolic "break with the past" designed to show voters that his party is no longer dominated by middle-aged men.

Conservative leadership contest: Contenders and their supporters

Apart from the hard-core campaigners, who have declared their support for each of the Conservative leadership candidates, there are unofficial lists of potential supporters collected by each camp.

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