Aidan Burley, the Tory MP who bought a Nazi uniform for a friend to wear at a stag party, is presumably relieved by the conclusions of a report by Lord Gold, a Tory peer who was asked by the party to look into the affair. He concluded Mr Burley “is not a bad man, still less a racist or an anti-Semite” but he is stupid.

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Daughter of Labour peer ruffles feathers in safe London seat

Georgia Gould could become youngest ever Labour MP after she is shortlisted for 2010 election

Steve Richards: It's taken a crisis for Labour to rediscover its unity

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THE FOLLY of the Prime Minister's decision to give Alastair Campbell a role in Labour's election campaign team is already glaringly obvious. The latest gaffe from Tony Blair's former director of communications was to send - accidentally - an abusive email to BBC2's Newsnight that concluded: "Now fuck off and cover something important you twats!"

Anti-euro briefing by Brown camp reopens rift with Blair

TONY BLAIR clashed with Gordon Brown last night as tension between the Prime Minister and his Chancellor overshadowed the opening day of the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth.

Blair tried to sack Whelan at election

AS LABOUR celebrated its landslide election victory, Tony Blair had other things on his mind: he was trying to sack Charlie Whelan, the press secretary to Gordon Brown.

Campbell drops `Socialism' from party broadcast

ALASTAIR CAMPBELL, Tony Blair's press secretary, was at the centre of two controversies last night after it was revealed that he banned the word "socialist" from a Labour television broadcast and had been rebuked by the Prime Minister for attacking the Chancellor Gordon Brown.

Mr Portillo, the Great Political Crusader, is ultimately doomed

Mr Portillo's reinvention will be covered hour by hour, day by day. One way or another he will slip

Media: This Tory will run and run

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Parliament: Media - Brown appoints new spin-doctor

GORDON BROWN announced the appointment of a special adviser to replace Charlie Whelan, the Chancellor's former spin-doctor who was forced to resign earlier this year.

Book review: Spin doctors: the bigger picture


Sport on TV: The pathetic parody of a professional football fan

IF CHARLIE WHELAN is attempting to leave spin-doctoring behind and forge a new career as a media front man, his appearance on Leviathan (BBC2, Thursday) was the equivalent of phoning work from an Amsterdam brothel.

Notebook: The solid foundations of Donald Dewar

THE ONE quality of Scotland's new First Minister that everybody agrees on - probably even Alex Salmond - is his decency. "Donald Dewar?" people say. "A very decent man." Some go further. He is too decent.
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