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The cloud has hung over British politics for years. How our parties are funded has added to the bad smell that has turned off many voters. They suspect that donors expect – and get – something in return for their money. The MPs' expenses scandal added to the stench. Money and politics are a dangerous cocktail, as Liam Fox discovered. The funding of his self-styled adviser Adam Werritty by businessmen contributed to his downfall as Defence Secretary. Although the official inquiry found that Mr Werritty was not a lobbyist, the affair shone a light on the murky world of lobbying.

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The funding of political parties is only one aspect of the way money can corrupt the political system.

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The funding of politics is something that no multi-party democracy, however established or efficient, has managed to solve to everyone's satisfaction.

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EU crises talks critical, says George Osborne

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Shares soar on eurozone deal hopes

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Satellite expected to hit Earth

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'If they'd had Twitter, then the Paris Commune may have won'

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Markets push higher despite fears

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Franco-German row blocks debt crisis agreement

Eurozone leaders conceded last night there are still huge divisions on how to solve the bloc's debt crisis with no chance of agreement by the end of Sunday's summit, which was originally slated as a make-or-break meeting.

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