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Tory leader David Cameron is facing calls to condemn his party's treasurer, Michael Spencer, after he used shares in Numis, a stockbroking firm he chairs, as security against a loan without informing the firm.

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Paedophile had 200,000 sex pictures

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Spowart to 'put up or shut up' on mystery bid for HBOS

Jim Spowart, the founder of Intelligent Finance who is fronting a mystery bid for HBOS, has said he will put up or shut up on any offer this week.

Stricken councils advised by Tory treasurer's firm

The local authorities facing the largest losses from the collapse of the Icelandic banks were all advised by the same company. Kent, Norfolk, Dorset and Hertfordshire county councils and Nottingham City Council and the borough of Barnet all paid for the services of Butlers, which is owned by the treasurer of the Tory party, Michael Spencer, who has a fortune of £1bn.

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Struggle for survival in Labour heartland

A deprived and neglected part of Glasgow, where a man who lives to be 55 can consider himself lucky, has suddenly found the outside world is very interested in what its people think, because it is the scene of a by-election which, some think, could deliver the final, fatal blow to Gordon Brown's premiership.

Hutton leads Cabinet calls for immediate pledge to freeze duty

Senior members of the Cabinet have warned Alistair Darling that he must make an immediate pledge to freeze fuel duty to respond to public concern about spiralling petrol prices, The Independent has been told.

Advertising guru steps in to help D-Day heroes return to Normandy

The frenetic and fashionable world of advertising may seem far removed from the struggles of the elderly veterans of D-Day – but one of Britain's most successful media and marketing gurus has brought them a step closer together.

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