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Too little, too late from Maria Miller:

“The last 16 months have been difficult. As you know, I have been working hard for Basingstoke and also doing my job as a Cabinet minister.

During this time, I have been subject to an intense Parliamentary inquiry looking at extensive personal details of my family life, as a result of allegations made by a Labour MP.

That committee has now published its report and I have accepted their findings in full.

I have unreservedly apologised for the way I handled and approached the inquiry.

And I am pleased that the committee has fully dismissed all of the allegations made against me.

Separately, I have already apologised and repaid an over-claim of my expenses, having myself drawn the committee’s attention to the matter immediately I was aware of it.

I have always sought to do the best job that I can in representing the people of Basingstoke in Westminster.

I am devastated that this has happened, and that I have let you down.

I can only hope that over time the focus will once again by on Basingstoke.”

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Nigel Farage on #PhoneFarage says he “hates drugs” and has “never” taken them.

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Another Lobby hack gives up. Ben Brogan today:

“At a time when day-to-day political life is exceptionally dull, lets all hope that the debate spices up politics.”

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Labour’s Jon Ashworth MP ahead of tonight’s debate between Nick and Nigel:

“This is a lightweight battle between two men who will never be Prime Minister. It is only happening because Nick Clegg needs Nigel Farage, and Nigel Farage needs Nick Clegg.”

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When asked at a recent event how scared investors should be of Ed Miliband, according to this week’s Investors Chronicle James Clunie of Jupiter Asset Management replied:

“Very scared – on a scale of one to 10; eight or nine.”

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At the hacking trial, former NotW royal editor Clive Goodman seems confused when asked about footballer Titus Bramble, who appeared in Glenn Mulcaire’s notebook:

“It think he was formerly the Duchess of Cornwall personal protection officer”

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Nigel Farage says:

“This is somebody using Parliamentary privilege to say something that they would be very nervous about saying in public. This particular line is something that she and others have been pushing since 2006. The answer is exactly the same as it has always been — it isn’t true, it is malicious gossip. Nikki Sinclaire wanted to be the leader of UKIP and will say anything that can be seen to damage me. Nothing she says surprises me in any way at all, she is capable of almost anything.”

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LibDem Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael:

“Chris Huhne was the man who had put the ‘t’ into ‘Cancun’.”

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Questioned by police about one of the sex offences allegations he faces, Nigel Evans told them:

“I misread the signals.”

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The court hears Max Clifford told a 19 year old model at a film audition in his office:

“Look at my penis. Isn’t it tiny? What can I do with this?”

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Rufus Hound, in 2012:

“A lot of people here seem to be making the case that tax avoidance’s morally wrong. In which case vote to change it! I do.”

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Harriet Harman on her work at a group that affiliated with the Paedophile Information Exchange:

“I stand by what I was doing at NCCL”

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Over in Berkshire Prince William approaches journalists from the Guardian and says:

“Why don’t you put your notebook down and give us a hand with the sandbags?”

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Brandon Lewis slaps down Hilary Benn for pushing a story on departmental spending that turned out to be BS:

“The right hon. Member may wish to encourage his researchers and/or the Labour party to take up an Excel training course from Parliamentary ICT Training to avoid future mistakes and spurious claims.”

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EU Commission vice president Viviane Reding speaking in London:

“The most powerful parliament in Europe is the European Parliament. Seventy per cent of laws in this country are co-decided there. There will be no repatriation of EU powers.”

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Former Blair spinner John McTernan on the Environment Agency:

“When I was in No 10 they were one of many government agencies who hired lobbyists to lobby us.”

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Helen Grant, the sports minister who got five sports questions wrong on telly, at the Culture, Media and Sport select committee today:

“I hadn’t even heard of those sports.”

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Nick Clegg on LibDem sex scandals:

“Of course I am not sitting on any allegations that have yet to come to light, I would never do that.”

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Gloria de Piero on the LibDems choosing a man as their new deputy leader:

“This result comes as little surprise when you remember Nick Clegg leads a Parliamentary Party which has as many men with knighthoods as it has women MPs. When it comes to women’s representation, the Lib Dems really need to move up a gear. With just seven out of 57 MPs, they score even worse than the Tories.”

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Cathy Newman responds to sex expert Jon Snow:

“Well @jonsnowC4 I’m assuming we’ve “gone through it and arrived at the other side”!!”[…] Read the rest

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Tory MP Nick Boles says what everyone thinks…

“There is a timidity and lack of ambition about Mrs May’s Government which means it constantly disappoints. Time to raise your game, Prime Minister.”

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