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Oborne is marched from the Commons for handing out leaflets

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Ailing Brown turns to Campbell and Mandelson to mastermind his fightback

Gordon Brown has turned to key allies of Tony Blair, including his former communications director Alastair Campbell, for advice on how to plot a fightback against the Conservatives.

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