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David Cameron offered his strong support for Tory communications chief Andy Coulson today as the former tabloid editor came under intense pressure over alleged phone hacking by News of the World journalists.

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The former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott attacked David Cameron today for failing to take action against his director of communications amid the phone tap allegations.

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Gordon Brown's former media adviser, Damian McBride, is planning to take a job working for his old school.

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It was a bloodbath. Last week, like a wounded warrior trying to appease vengeful gods, Gordon Brown sacrificed one woman after another in a desperate attempt to save his own skin. By Friday evening, the stench of burning female flesh rose over Westminster as Margaret Beckett and Caroline Flint were added to the pyre, joining Jacqui Smith, Hazel Blears and Beverley Hughes. The cull was drastic, reducing the number of women in the Cabinet from eight, when Tony Blair left office two years ago, to a feeble four. There are now more peers (seven) than women round the cabinet table and Brown need lose only one more to be in the same position as John Major in 1997. So much for a Prime Minister who portrays himself, morning, noon and night, as a politician committed to fairness and equal rights. I mean, pull the other one, mate.

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One of Gordon Brown's closest allies is to stand down as a minister as the rush by Labour MPs towards the exit turns into a stampede.

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Pandora: A fee to turn up? What would Sir Alan say?

Whoops! Pandora suspects someone might have got the wrong end of the fame stick, so to speak.

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The Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Labour MP for Pontefract and Castleford answers your questions, such as 'Shouldn't Brown pay his own cleaner?' and 'Can you see any green shoots?'
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