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Thousands of people turned out as the Tour de France, passed through to Greater Manchester this weekend.

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PM on abuse dossier inquiry: We want answers quickly

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said that he wants answers as "quickly as possible" over historic claims of child abuse by politicians at Westminster, but refused to confirm whether this would happen before the general election in May 2015.

The Prime Minister has taken a 'close personal and detailed interest' in the claims relating to historic allegations of sex abuse.
The Prime Minister has taken a 'close personal and detailed interest' in the claims relating to historic allegations of sex abuse. Credit: PA

"We want to make sure that answers are achieved as quickly as possible," Mr Cameron's spokesman said. "Clearly it needs to be a process that commands confidence and credibility as well."

The Prime Minister was said to have taken a "close personal and detailed interest" in the claims being made over the weekend and has held "extensive discussions" with his team.

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Le Tour comes to Littleborough

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Amazing crowds near Littleborough. Anything Yorkshire can do, Lancashire can match :-) #TDF2014 #TDFyorkshire http://t.co/th0sVdHjhN

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Cavendish crashes during opening stage of Tour de France

Cavendish was taken to hospital following the crash. Credit: ITV Sport
The scene of the crash. Credit: ITV News

The Isle of Man's Mark Cavendish's bid for the yellow jersey ended in a heap as he tumbled to the tarmac in a dramatic conclusion to the opening stage of the 101st Tour de France.

Cavendish was bidding for a 26th Tour stage win of his career in his mother's home town of Harrogate and a first yellow jersey, but collided with Australian Simon Gerrans in the final 500 metres and was seen clutching his shoulder and midrift as he rolled over the line.

Cavendish was later taken away from the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team area in an ambulance and transported to hospital.

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Rochdale MP says new probe is a "damage limitation exercise" and calls for a public inquiry into abuse allegations

"The Prime Minister knows that there is a growing sense of public anger about allegations of historic abuse involving senior politicians and his statement today represents little more than a damage limitation exercise.

"It doesn't go far enough.

"The public has lost confidence in these kind of official reviews, which usually result in a whitewash.

"The only way to get to the bottom of this is a thorough public inquiry."

– Simon Danczuk, MP for Rochdale
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