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“One thing I have become very sensitive about is this accusation that Conservatives are somehow racist,” Edward de Mesquita, who is standing as a Conservative candidate in West Hampstead, in London, told the Camden New Journal. “Conservatives are not racist. So many of the Conservatives have foreign wives, after all.

Leading article: A question of judgement at Leveson

The Chancellor yesterday took time out from worrying about the drag from Europe on Britain's moribund economy to use his appearance at the Leveson Inquiry to smooth the way for the Prime Minister, who will give evidence later in the week.

Warsi investigation 'to pick up loose ends'

An inquiry in to whether Conservative Party co-chairman Baroness Warsi breached the ministerial code will pick up any loose ends, Prime Minister David Cameron said today. 

Labour to call for Jeremy Hunt code investigation

Pressure has continued to mount on Jeremy Hunt after Labour revealed it will force a Commons vote calling for the beleaguered Culture Secretary to face an independent investigation into claims he breached the ministerial code.

Jeremy Hunt arrives to give evidence at the Leveson Inquiry yesterday

Rupert Murdoch's men on the inside

As Jeremy Hunt is rocked by new revelations at Leveson Inquiry, George Osborne is sucked into row over BSkyB deal

Plans to redevelop Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's house blocked

A High Court challenge to a plan to redevelop the Victorian house where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote The Hound Of The Baskervilles has succeeded.

Cameron aide’s cosy chats with News Corp

No 10 press secretary revealed to have exchanged texts as Dowler scandal raged

Jeremy Hunt urged PM to look favourably on News Corp's BSkyB bid

Lawyers told Hunt to stay out of Sky deal

Culture Secretary was warned to 'do nothing' to influence Murdoch's bid for broadcaster

Jeremy Hunt told me to quit, says former special adviser Adam Smith

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt told his special adviser to quit after highly damaging emails revealing the close relationship between his department and the Murdoch empire were released, the former aide said.

David Cameron defends Jeremy Hunt BSkyB responsibility

Prime Minister David Cameron has defended giving Jeremy Hunt responsibility for the decision on News Corporation's takeover of BSkyB.

Jeremy Hunt urged PM to look favourably on News Corp's BSkyB bid

Memo undermines PM's claim his Government was unbiased on BSkyB bid

The political scandal over Rupert Murdoch's battle to buy BSkyB moved closer to David Cameron last night after new evidence undermined the Prime Minister's claim that his Government was scrupulously even-handed in deciding on the £8bn deal.

Statements from David Cameron that he had 'nothing to do' with the specifics of the bid are likely to be questioned at the Leveson Inquiry

Cameron knew Hunt would back BSkyB bid

Devastating memo shown to Leveson Inquiry puts PM in line of fire

Top civil servant Jonathan Stephens to face Leveson Inquiry

A senior civil servant at the heart of the controversy over links between News Corporation and the office of Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry on Friday, it was announced today.

How Aharon Appelfeld chronicled the Holocaust

Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld has won this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. The Israeli author, who shares the £10,000 award with his translator Jeffrey M Green, is the first writer in Hebrew to take the leading British honour for fiction in translation and, 80 this year, he is also the oldest winner

Hundreds of thousands of 11-year-olds leaving primary school unable to swim

More than 200,000 11-year-olds quit primary school every year unable to swim, according to a report out today.

George Osborne under pressure to appear at Leveson Inquiry

George Osborne is under increasing pressure to appear in person at the Leveson Inquiry following the disclosure of further evidence of his close links to the Murdoch empire.

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