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One of the country's wealthiest businessmen has announced a multi-million pound boost to the UK Independence Party.

John Whitworth: Celebrated countertenor

The countertenor John Whitworth was second only to Alfred Deller in prominence during the countertenor revival that took place in the late 1940s and 1950s. Based in London as an alto lay-vicar in the Westminster Abbey choir, he was conveniently on hand for concerts, recitals, broadcasts and recordings, not only as a singer but also as a choir director

Queen's Birthday Honours: Gay marriage opponent Edward Leigh knighted

Edward Leigh, a right-wing Tory MP and opponent of gay marriage, has been knighted. His opposition to David Cameron’s line on gay marriage is only the latest of a series of public disagreements he has had with successive party leaders from John Major onwards.

Former Ukip candidate George Eustice appointed as PM's adviser on Energy and Climate Change issues

David Cameron has appointed George Eustice, his former press secretary and former Ukip candidate, as his new adviser on Energy and Climate Change issues, it was announced today.

For many non-Tory voters, Thatcher personified the 'nasty party' Cameron promised to detoxify

The ghost of Margaret Thatcher will haunt David Cameron until he shows he can win an election

The unusually large band of 148 new Tory MPs elected in 2010 are very much 'Thatcher’s children'

Boris Johnson (right) has lauded Eddie Mair (left) for the tough TV grilling he gave him on Sunday

Boris Johnson puts his troubles behind him after Eddie Mair grilling – as his father Stanley launches war of words on BBC

Stanley Johnson calls interview with his son a ‘disgusting piece of journalism

Boris Johnson seen immediately after his interview with Eddie Mair

'You are a nasty piece of work, aren't you?': Boris Johnson's father Stanley attacks Eddie Mair over interview on Andrew Marr Show

London Mayor left floundering by a series of damaging questions from BBC presenter

Boris Johnson shows his dismay at getting booted out of the meeting

Transcript: Eddie Mair grills Boris Johnson on the Andrew Marr Show

Boris Johnson looked profoundly uncomfortable on this morning's Andrew Marr Show as stand-in host Eddie Mair grilled the Mayor of London on matters of personal integrity. Here's a transcript of one particularly bruising encounter:

Lynton Crosby could be behind the tactic to focus on immigration

Why has the PM decided to take a tough line on immigration?

As a young MP in 2005, David Cameron was so disenchanted by Lynton Crosby's concentration on immigration during that year's general election campaign that he kept the issue out of his constituency pamphlets.

James Bulger's father opens up about his son's death for the first time

When two year-old James Bulger was murdered in 1993, the nation united in grief and shock.

Can Cameron resist the siren calls of the Tory right?

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A biometric scanner: fears about immigration need discussion

A white-only debate lacks balance

Barbara Roche and Gavin Barwell say both their parties are out of touch on immigration

Page 3 Profile: Lynton Crosby, Pollster

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Man of the hour? 'Genius strategist' Lynton Crosby

If the Tories want a majority at the next election, they should hurry up and sign Lynton Crosby

The Australian political strategist was a proven winner with John Howard and Boris Johnson. His politics are populist, negative and ugly - but above all effective

Amol Rajan: The man who might get the Tories back on track

This may be the week that an Australian you've probably never heard of becomes the third most powerful man in government, after David Cameron and George Osborne. So today I thought I'd tell you a bit about Lynton Crosby.

Conservatives in talks with Lynton Crosby - the man who ran Boris Johnson’s Mayoral election campaigns - to lead the party's fight to retain power at the next election

The Conservatives are in discussions with the man who ran Boris Johnson’s successful Mayoral election campaigns to lead the party’s fight to retain power at the next election.

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