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Cleared Hain eyes Government return

Peter Hain was eyeing a return to the Government today after being cleared by prosecutors over donations to his campaign for Labour's deputy leadership.

Labour forced to repay illegal funding donation

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Police send Peter Hain file to CPS

Peter Hain said he hoped to see his name cleared "as quickly as possible" today after police handed prosecutors the results of their investigation into his Labour Party deputy leadership campaign.

Police to interview Hain as a suspect 'within days' over gifts to deputy leadership campaign

Peter Hain will be interviewed as a suspect within days by police investigating secret donations to his deputy leadership campaign.

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Johnson allies blame Electoral Commission 'incompetence' for failing to register donors

Allies of Alan Johnson angrily hit back at the Electoral Commission for "incompetence" last night after the Health Secretary became the second cabinet minister in as many weeks to fight for his career over a fresh Labour Party donation blunder.

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They discovered that, from a tax point of view, it would be advantageous if Peter Hain held on until near the end of the month before resigning

Labour hit with fresh donations claim

Gordon Brown's donations nightmare deepened further today after another Cabinet minister was accused of accepting cash through a proxy.

Police examine 'black hole' in Hain's finances

Police are to investigate a yawning "black hole" in Peter Hain's campaign spending, as a senior member of his team revealed that they had no idea where much of the £185,000 collected was spent – let alone where it came from.

The Feral Beast: And finally ... Sir Trevor broadcasts his wholesome habits

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