Tory sleaze allegations after Mercer quits

Conservative party under fire after ex-soldier allegedly failed to declare £2,000 paid by journalists in sting operationThe Conservative party was left reeling by sleaze allegations after an MP resigned from the parliamentary party for allegedly failing to declare thousands of pounds paid by a fake lobbying firm in a damaging journalistic sting.Patrick Mercer, MP for […]
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Patrick Mercer the military man turned Tory politician

MP split his career between the army, press and politics – from which he has now resignedBefore entering parliament in 2001, Patrick Mercer OBE, who has resigned over allegations he broke rules on lobbying, spent 25 years as an army officer with the Sherwood Foresters, following in the footsteps of his father, who had served […]
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Why all seems quiet on the far-left front | Frankie Evans

The people who attend leftwing summits are still struggling with media relations – and with the notion of working-class ToriesWhat is happening left of Labour? Follow the regular papers and you might draw a blank. We glance regularly, and anxiously, over our right shoulders. I saw the EDL’s London protest this Monday – it was […]
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Patrick Mercer MP resigns from Tory party amid lobbying claims

Former shadow minister is understood to have been approached by journalists posing as lobbyistsPatrick Mercer, the former shadow minister, has resigned from the Conservative party after being caught up in a sting by journalists posing as lobbyists.The Conservative MP for Newark said he was resigning the Tory whip immediately “to save my party embarrassment”, and […]
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Rightwing Tory rebels call on peers to reject gay marriage bill

Opponents of bill say peers have every right to oppose it because it was not in coalition agreement or any party manifestoConservative opponents of gay marriage have invited the House of Lords to reject the bill after 133 Tory MPs, including two cabinet ministers, defied David Cameron to vote against the measure.As a Tory grassroots […]
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Tory co-chairman Feldman to face meeting over ‘swivel-eyed loons’ claim

Party board’s involvement likely to dismay No 10, which has spent weekend rubbishing reports in Times and Daily TelegraphLord Feldman, the Conservative co-chairman, is to be challenged at a meeting of the party board on Monday over allegations that he made disparaging remarks about Tory grassroots activists.As the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, led a cabinet […]
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Tory chair Andrew Feldman: I did not make ‘swivel-eyed loons’ remark

Conservative co-chairman taking legal advice following online rumours that he made remark about party activistsThe co-chairman of the Conservatives has denied describing party activists as “swivel-eyed loons” after rumours circulated on the internet that he had made the remarks.Lord Andrew Feldman said he was taking legal advice after posters on Twitter implied he was the […]
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Nigel Farage’s fascist barrage | Michael White

Ukip members are more Rotary Club malcontents than fascists; more pin-stripe shirt rebels than blackshirt bulliesThe irony police were quickly on the scene this morning after Ukip’s leader, Nigel Farage, went on BBC Radio Scotland to denounce the demonstrators who disrupted Thursday’s impromptu press conference in Edinburgh’s Old Town as “fascist scum”.It’s the kind of […]
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