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M&C man takes Labour fight to client David Cameron

Yes, there’s an M&C Saatchi executive standing for Labour against Tory leader David Cameron in his Witney, Oxfordshire constituency. M&C is the Tories’ ad agency of course, house speciality dissing Labour PM Gordon Brown. Let Stephen Bates in the Guardian ...

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Don’t blame the Greeks, blame the Germans for stock market carnage

All those Germans who take over Greek holiday resorts in the summer had better watch their step this year. Greece now looks increasingly likely to default on its debts, and maybe Portugal too, after the two main powers in the ...

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Female admirers will win UK general election for Clegg – official

According to polls carried out by your team of correspondents it’s a racing certainty that the Liberal Democrats and Nick Clegg will win the majority share of the vote in the forthcoming UK general election because girls like him much ...

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Tory spinner Andy Coulson back in the frame over phone hacking

Just when Tory leader David Cameron looked like he was back on top in the election an old ghost has returned to haunt him. His director of communications Andy Coulson is the former News of the World editor who resigned ...

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ITV eyes Five – or is this another stage in the CRR fight?

The Sunday Times Business News reports today that new ITV chairman Archie Norman, a veteran dealmaker, is eyeing a takeover of RTL-owned Five to boost his station’s share of the shrinking terrestrial ads market in the UK. Such a move ...

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The world this week: Libs shake up UK, Microsoft and co post strong earnings, Obama slams ‘batallions’ of lobbyists

**This must be terribly boring for readers outside the UK but there just might be a sea change going in British elections. Thanks to the televised debates between the three main UK political party leaders the old consensus of a ...

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New UK output figures a big boost for Brown and Labour

On the face of it a 0.2 per cent increase in the UK’s gross domestic product (more or less everything in the economy) for January to March might not look very exciting but it’s actually very good news for PM ...

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Score draw for UK hopefuls Brown, Cameron and Clegg

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, the clear winner in the first UK leaders debate, came under fierce pressure from Tory David Cameron and Labour PM Gordon Brown in last night’s televised debate (the second of three) but managed not to ...

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Maurice Levy to hand over reins at Publicis

Maurice Levy, the boss of French ad giant Publicis Groupe for over 20 years, has said he is going to step down next year. Barring a pretty unforeseeable disaster Levy will leave the business in good shape as not just ...

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Ryanair’s O’Leary says he’ll pay up after all

After stating, with characteristic defiance, that his airline Ryanair wouldn’t compensate volcano afflicted passengers for any more than their air fares, CEO Michael O’Leary seems to be backtracking, saying he will cough up “reasonable costs.” The airline initially said that ...

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