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Conservatives step up attack on 'dead man walking' Hain

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Police may be asked to investigate Hain's undisclosed donations

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£487,000 donations leave Osborne facing inquiries

Labour turned the tables on the Tories over political donations after it emerged that the shadow Chancellor, George Osborne, had not declared payments of almost £500,000 from wealthy Tory donors.

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'I've done nothing wrong,' Peter Hain insists, as he battles for his political life

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Mystery of the think tank that keeps its thoughts to itself

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Steve Richards: Hain's passion for the job may be his downfall

The ministerial future of Peter Hain depends on the outcome of the inquiry by the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

Minister could be suspended over undisclosed gifts

Some of the people who gave money to Peter Hain's campaign for Labour's deputy leadership were originally turned down as donors because they wanted to remain anonymous.

Leading article: Where folly and sleaze collide

The Secretary for Work and Pensions has been reported to Parliament's anti-sleaze watchdog for failing to declare donations to his campaign for the Labour deputy leadership – as well he should have been. The sum is not inconsiderable; and, in theory, anyone who cares about standards in public life should be in high dudgeon about Peter Hain's admitted violation of the rules.

Hain fights to save cabinet job as pressure mounts over donations

Peter Hain is fighting to save his position in the Cabinet after admitting that he failed to disclose donations totalling £103,000 to his campaign to become Labour's deputy leader.

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