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Tennis with Cameron and Boris goes for £160,000

A game of tennis with the Prime Minister and Mayor of London has been auctioned by the Tory Party for a reported £160,000 to the wife of a former Russian government minister.

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Banker Lubov Chernukhin, who is a Tory party member and supporter, won the prize at the Conservatives' summer fundraising ball on Wednesday.

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The Conservative Party, which did not publish a guest list for the function, refused to confirm the amount paid for the match. A spokesman for Boris Johnson said it was a "party matter".

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Cameron jokes about Cole omission from World Cup

David Cameron and Boris Johnson play table football in Harrow Credit: ITN

During a game of table football at the skills centre in Harrow, Mr Cameron made a cheeky reference to Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole after it was confirmed the veteran left-back had been left out of England's World Cup squad.

"That was the Ashley Cole special," he quipped after the Mayor scored an own goal while in control of the blue team's defence.

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PM sows poppy seeds with pupils in Downing Street

David Cameron planted poppy seeds with London schoolchildren today as he helped launch the Royal British Legion's poppy campaign.

The charity will send every school in the country free poppy seeds to plant in a bid to raise children's awareness of the conflict.

The prime minister spoke with pupils from Cathedral Primary School in Southwark as he helped plant the seeds in the Downing Street garden.

David Cameron sows poppy seeds with pupils. Credit: PA Wire
The prime minister was helping to launch the Royal British Legion's poppy campaign Credit: PA Wire
Cameron speaks with pupils from Cathedral Primary School in Southwark. Credit: PA Wire

Cameron criticises 'unjust and unacceptable' Tube strike

David Cameron has labelled next week's planned Tube strike as "completely unjustified and unacceptable".

The RMT union has called five days of strike action amid an ongoing row over Tube ticket office closures.

David Cameron has condemned next week's planned Tube strike. Credit: PA Wire

Talks between London Undergorund and the RMT have so far failed to find a resolution and avert the strike.

“Next week’s Tube strike is completely unjustified and unacceptable," the Prime Minister told the Evening Standard.

“It will hit millions of hard-working families across the capital and cause chaos for businesses. Ed Miliband must make clear he condemns this strike without reservation.”

Read: Warning posters appear at stations ahead of Tube strike

David Cameron: I want Boris to get back in Parliament

I want him to get back in Parliament. I think he's great. It's a bit like football - if you have got a great striker you want him on the pitch.

It's up to him. He can complete as Mayor, or he can stay on as Mayor and come back to the House. I want him on the team.

– David Cameron, speaking to The Sun

Following mounting speculation about Boris Johnson wanting to become prime minister David Cameron said:

It wouldn't be a great job to have if people didn't want it. There is nothing ignoble about wanting my job.

– David Cameron, speaking to The Sun
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