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SIR George Young, the rising star at the Treasury, and Sir John Wheeler, the Northern Ireland minister, yesterday joined Norman Lamont as prominent Conservative victims of changes to parliamentary boundaries which are proving far more favourable to Labour than the party feared or the Conservatives hoped.

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Sir: William Phillips thinks the satellite and cable revolution has stalled ('Clouds in Murdoch's Sky', 3 August). What is the evidence? Average viewing in satellite homes has dropped 7 per cent this year compared with last. But average viewing in all homes has fallen this year. For the last week for which we have figures, the drop is nearly 10 per cent.

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The right to carry passengers across the Thames between Old Isleworth and Richmond Old Deer Park (above) using a centuries-old ferry crossing will be sold at auction next month.

Victims challenge rising racism

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I HAVE two points of dispute with Laurence Marks's profile of Madsen Pirie and the account he gives of the excellent work of the Adam Smith Institute ('All the right angles', 10 April).

Clerical error stops trial

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Beware the camera, it comes to get you

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Police offensive against capital's burglars nets 453 suspects: Rhys Williams joins officers on an early-morning house call as part of Operation Bumblebee

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Princess seeks details of gym photo profits: Writs allege breach of confidence and demand permanent ban

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Tories to expel NF candidate

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Profile: The British route master at Ford: Alex Trotman: Phil Reeves meets the canny Scot who is taking over the controls of the US car giant

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