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Peter Cruddas resigned as co-treasurer of the Conservative party after being recorded by undercover reporters from the Sunday Times encouraging donations with the prospect of private dinners with David Cameron, the Prime Minister, in his Downing Street flat. 'Hundred grand is not Premier League. It's not bad. It's probably bottom of the Premier League, ' he said. 'If you donate, you will be invited to events where the Prime Minister is.'

Downing Street rapidly published details of all Conservative donors who have had dinner there with Mr Cameron. German Gorbuntsov, a former Russian banker, was shot several times on the Isle of Dogs, where he lived, and taken to hospital, with a police guard. The temperature at Aboyne in Aberdeenshire reached 23.4degreesC, the highest ever recorded for March in Scotland.

The government revised its National Planning Policy Framework in the face of widespread criticism, recognising the intrinsic value of ordinary countryside and encouraging the use of brownfield sites, but retaining a 'presumption in favour of sustainable development'; councils would have a year to draw up 'local plans'. A student from Wales was jailed for 56 weeks for tweeting racist remarks when Fabrice Muamba collapsed with a heart attack during a football match. …

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