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Damian McBride

In our article 'McBride will not receive severance pay' (15 April), we said that Damian McBride, the former Gordon Brown aide who resigned after his leaked emails revealed a plan to smear senior Conservatives, had a six-figure salary. This was incorrect. He was paid just over £60,000.

Pandora: Tony lets his star shine in Hollywood

In what Pandora predicts will go down in history as one of the great unions of modern times, Tony Blair will this week make his mark on Hollywood, hosting a gala dinner in Beverly Hills honouring the "British contribution to the city's cultural and business life".

Andrew Grice: Why public revulsion forced Brown to act

Why did Gordon Brown suddenly take the initiative on MPs' expenses? He has been shocked by the scale of public anger about the recent torrent of stories on MPs' claims. The current system, particularly the "second homes" allowance, is mistrusted. People think MPs are in it for themselves, bringing politics into disrepute.

Andrew Grice: Brown announces proposals to overhaul MPs' expenses

Gloom on the Labour benches as MPs troop back (slowly) from their two-week Easter break. What are they gloomy about after spending time in their constituencies, or at least thinking about their re-election prospects on the beaches? No, not the Damian McBride email affair. Or even the recession.

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Latest polls show the McBride affair has damaged Government's standing with voters

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McBride's emails are consistent with a tradition of negative briefing, says Andy McSmith

Andrew Grice: McBride's unfriendly fire may have shot the PM's electoral hopes

Gordon Brown had reasons for optimism when he arrived at his Fife home for his Easter "break". Labour's latest private polling showed that, after slipping back since the start of the year as job losses mounted, he had again clawed his way back into the game by doing what he does best – focusing relentlessly on the economy and dominating the political agenda.

Richard Ingrams’s Week: Stop and think before pressing the 'send' button

It is reported that the all-powerful Google is taking steps to help people who press the "send" button on an email and then instantly regret it. As things stand, there's nothing at all they can do.

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David Davis: How can Jacqui Smith escape responsibility for this outrage?

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Six days on, PM apologises for plot to smear Tories

Gordon Brown finally said sorry yesterday for the plan to smear senior figures in the Conservative Party that forced the resignation of his close aide Damian McBride.

Steve Richards: Open contempt for politicians is neither daring nor clever

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