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If Monday’s Commons debate was post-Leveson showdown lite, today’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee hearing was the real thing. We had Max Mosley, who famously won a 2008 court action against the (late) News of the World after it turned over his private life. And we had at least three Tory MPs who could barely contain their fury at Hacked Off’s starring role in the Ed Miliband-hosted talks which secured the cross-party regulation deal with David Cameron.

Letwin promises £2bn tax cuts for low-paid workers

The Conservative Party will direct most of its remaining £2.7bn of promised tax cuts at the low paid, Oliver Letwin, the shadow Chancellor, says.

He's been back only a week but Campbell is in the soup already

Alastair Campbell is back, and his old enemies are circling, desperate to settle old scores. The man who left Downing Street 18 months ago after nine years as Tony Blair's consigliere is back at his side for the general election.

Cover Story: You've got to draw the line somewhere

Racist pundits, reckless royals and overzealous admen: all stand accused of `going too far'. But who's deciding where the boundaries of taste and decency lie? John Walsh goes beyond the pale...

Why the Liberal Democrats want your `wasted' votes

There was a glint in Charles Kennedy's eye as he commented on this week's poll in the Independent on Sunday, which indicated that if people believed that the Liberal Democrats could win in their local constituency, 39 per cent of electors would vote for his party. While he did not exactly brief a recent gathering of hacks that he was ordering his troops to "go back to your constituencies and prepare for government", he did remark that such a poll rating "would imply a Lib Dem government with a majority in excess of 120".

Labour criticised for 'anti-Semitic' Howard poster

A proposed Labour Party poster depicting the Tory leader Michael Howard in a pose resembling Shakespeare's Shylock has prompted fresh claims of anti-Semitism.

Tories urge reform of capital gains tax

The Conservatives outlined plans for a radical shake-up of capital gains tax (CGT) yesterday, including the option of scrapping it altogether at a cost to the Exchequer of some £2bn.

Jason Nissé: Just how lucky is the Chancellor feeling?

After the pre-Budget report (PBR), you have to wonder who the real opposition is. If you were looking for someone to question the Chancellor's numbers seriously, neither the Tories nor the Lib Dems fitted the bill. Shadow chancellor Oliver Letwin jumped about, but he was like one of those cartoon characters being held at arm's-length and swinging their punches into thin air. And Vince Cable's offering was so low-key, it soun-ded like a background hum.

I'd rather beg, said Letwin. To get his children into the new academy, he'd have to

Oliver Letwin once said he would rather beg in the street than send his son to a state school near his London home. Tomorrow, there will be a state-funded school in Lambeth, south London, where he lives, where he would have to beg to get his children into it; and his begging would be in vain.

Tories plan to axe 4,000 DTI jobs

More than 4,000 jobs would be shed at the Department of Trade and Industry under plans being unveiled by the Conservatives.

The Sketch: Paul Boateng, the executive searching for a kind of dignity

The British constitution has its dignified parts and its executive parts.

Letwin says Tories would bring about 'regime change' at FSA

The Conservative Party would radically prune the remit of the Financial Services Authority if it were elected, on the back of a groundswell of criticism of the City regulator among UK companies.

Letwin attacked by children's charity over call for closure

Oliver Letwin, the shadow Chancellor was criticised by a children's charity yesterday after he suggested that it was a quango that could be abolished as part of his plans to save £1.7bn.

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