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

Hague tells Clinton not to fear Tories' EU allies

Links with far-right European parties 'a risk to good relations with US'

Does Ashcroft use money to control the message?

Tory leader's acquisition of political websites raises questions

King courtier: Lord Mandelson

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Following in the footsteps of Tony Blair, two rather different House of Commons veterans are, we hear, to enter into the interfaith arena.

Gordon v David: coming to a TV screen near you?

Tony Blair wanted to do it with John Major but John Major was too coy. William Hague, Michael Howard and Charles Kennedy all wanted to do it with Tony but he said no.

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End of the blame game: Tories to sack ministers for failings of quangos

Cameron pledges to make politicians responsible for tough decisions again

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MPs in rush to ditch outside jobs as deadline looms

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Howard 'sad and angry' over &#163;17,351 gardener bill accusation

Michael Howard, the former Conservative leader, put up a fierce defence yesterday of the £17,351 claims he submitted to pay the gardener for work at his constituency home.

Steve Richards: Parallel paths to the Speaker's chair

The Tory John Bercow and Labour's Frank Field are mirror images of each other

Pandora: Paxman's peaceful dinner with Howard

Could Jeremy Paxman be softening in his latest incarnation as housework-loving champion of supportive underwear?

Nigel Morris: Money talks &#8211; and this man wields huge power

Lord Ashcroft is playing a pivotal role in David Cameron’s drive to power as he pours millions of pounds into winning the seats that the Tories need to form a government at the next election.

Alan Watkins: Mr Clarke to return? He's hardly been away

The best leader the Tories never had may yet accept a front bench role, but he should not be offered a peerage
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