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Investigation into Sky Blues stadium row court documents

Documents have been released which raise questions about why Coventry City Council spent millions of pounds of taxpayers' money, taking on the mortgage debts of the city's Ricoh Arena.

The decision was taken last year, while ACL, the company which owns the stadium, was involved in a bitter row with Coventry City Football Club over rent.

New details about the process has led one group of Sky Blues supporters to set up a political party to stand in local elections, to try to question the council further. Darryl Murphy has been investigating.

Lichfield MP adds 1,000 twitter followers after sacking

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has added an extra thousand followers on twitter since he was sacked as Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party.

It followed criticism of the High Speed 2 Rail Project and a tweet over the Maria Miller expenses row.

Since his sacking yesterday evening, Fabricant says he has increased his following on social media and has been contemplating his next move.

Fabricant sacked as vice-chair of Conservatives

Michael Fabricant MP for Lichfield & former Vice-Chair of the Conservative Party Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has been sacked as a vice-chair of the Conservative Party following outspoken criticism of the HS2 rail scheme and the Maria Miller expenses row.

The MP told his twitter followers he was asked to resign but refused, so was then sacked by the party chairman.

He posted a message saying:

"Been asked to resign as Vice Chairman, refused, so sacked over HS2 and my views on a recent Cabinet Minister."

After news of Mrs Miller's resignation broke he said: "Well, about time."

One twitter user said they were "stunned by the news". In reply, Mr Fabricant said: "I think it was a knee-jerk decision."

Read: David Cameron misjudged public mood on expenses

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Fabricant comments on his sacking as vice-chair

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My speech in the Vale of Glamorgan will be fun tomorrow night! Still loyal to DC & our #longtermeconomic plan, but not #HS2!!

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Thanks for all the lovely tweets. Look: I am still a Conservative MP and my personality and twitter fingers are undiminished! I ain't dead!

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Northamptonshire MP promoted in wake of Maria Miller resignation

South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadson is now the Economic Secretary to the Treasury Credit: ITV News

Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has been made a junior Treasury minister following the resignation of the Culture Secretary Maria Miller.

Andrea Leadsom has been the Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire since May 2010.

She is now the Economic Secretary to the Treasury replacing Nicky Morgan who is now Financial Secretary to the Treasury, a job vacated by Sajid Javid who was promoted to the Cabinet as the new Culture Secretary.

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