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Quango chief steps down after bankruptcy revealed

A businessman appointed by David Cameron to head a multibillion-pound quango has been forced to step down after it was disclosed that he was bankrupt.

A Government spokesman said Tony Caplin - a former Conservative Party chief operating officer - had resigned as chairman of the Public Works Loans Board (PWLB) which is responsible for £60 billion of loans in infrastructure projects.

Prime Minister David Cameron Credit: Cyril Villemain/ABACAPRESS.COM

The Mail on Sunday reported that Number 10 had been forced to act after an investigation it carried out revealed he had been made bankrupt in 2012.

A Government spokesman said: "He should have declared he was bankrupt. This has been pointed out to him and as a result he has resigned."

Senior Labour MP Margaret Hodge, who chairs the Commons Public Accounts Committee, told The Mail on Sunday: "This raises serious questions which should be investigated."

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Report: State schools 'isolating' non-Muslims

Schools in Birmingham are illegally segregating pupils, discriminating against non-Muslim students and restricting the GCSE syllabus to “comply with conservative Islamic teaching”, The Telegraph is reporting.

Park View School in Birmingham which is being investigated as part of allegations of a "Trojan Horse" plot Credit: PA

According to the newspaper, Department for Education inspectors said that girls in a school at the centre of the alleged “Trojan Horse” plot were forced to sit at the back of the class, some Christian pupils were left to “teach themselves” and an extremist preacher was invited to speak to children.

The report, into three schools in the city, follows weeks of controversy over the alleged plot to “Islamise” secular schools in Birmingham and will lead to calls for intervention.

Read: Anti-terror chief to head 'Trojan Horse' investigation

Read: Probe into alleged 'Muslim schools plot' widens

David Davis: Data sharing 'borderline insane'

Conservative former minister David Davis has described a Government proposal to share taxpayers' data with private firms as "borderline insane".

Speaking to the Guardian: "The officials who drew this up clearly have no idea of the risks to data in an electronic age."

Former Conservative minister and shadow home secretary Credit: PA

"Our forefathers put these checks and balances in place when the information was kept in cardboard files, and data was therefore difficult to appropriate and misuse", Mr Davis.

"It defies logic that we would remove those restraints at a time when data can be collected by the gigabyte, processed in milliseconds and transported around the world almost instantaneously."

Read: HMRC 'to sell taxpayers' financial data' to third parties

UK should 'be more confident' about Christianity

David Cameron has called on the UK to be "more confident about our status as a Christian country" ahead of the Easter weekend.

Read: Former Archbishop attacks PM

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The PM said Christian's should not be afraid to discuss their faith publicly in a secular age. Credit: PA

Read: Religious leaders warn Cameron

In an article for the Church Times, the Prime Minister insisted that being a Christian country did not mean "doing down" other religions or "passing judgment" on those with no faith at all.

The leader of the Conservative party was speaking after the Government's welfare reforms came under attack from members of the senior clergy.

However, Mr Cameron said "we all believe in many of the same principles" and churches were "vital partners".

Read: 27 bishops and 16 clergy 'attack coalition welfare policy'

MP regrets 'mistimed' tweet during Hillsborough service

A Conservative minister who represents a Merseyside constituency has apologised for tweeting an attack on Labour during the Hillsborough memorial service.

Employment Minister Esther McVey, who represents Wirral West, tweeted:

Radio presenter Nicky Campbell pointed out the poor timing of the Twitter post, writing:

Ms McVey has since apologised for the "mistiming" of her tweet:

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Really regret the mistiming of local election press release. Apologies.

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Tory MP denies 'pressuring' Evans complainants

MP Sarah Wollaston outside Preston Crown Court during Nigel Evans' trial.
MP Sarah Wollaston outside Preston Crown Court during Nigel Evans' trial. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A Conservative MP has denied she pushed two men to go the police with allegations against former deputy speaker Nigel Evans, and says Westminster is "turning a blind eye" to harassment claims.

Writing for the Daily Telegraph, Dr Sarah Wollaston said she made the offer to step down to the two complainants if they felt she had "pressured them to take the complaint forward".

The Totnes MP raised allegations linked to Mr Evans with Speaker John Bercow before complaints were lodged with the police.

She says she has faced "rank hostility" since the Ribble Valley MP was acquitted of a string of sexual offence charges last week.

Mr Evans, who currently sits as an independent, noted in an interview with the Daily Mail of Dr Wollaston: "It was mentioned to her as a throwaway remark yet she pursued it. For whatever reason, she decided to have it in for me."

Nigel Evans: Trial made me realise impact of legal aid cuts

Record eight MPs race in 2014 London Marathon

A record eight MPs took part in this year's London Marathon including five House of Commons frontbenchers.

The MP who came in first was Alun Cairns, the Conservative MP for Vale of Glamorgan, with a time of 3.34:08, knocking five minutes off his personal best.

Ed Balls, Sadiq Khan and Andy Burnham before the race Credit: PA

Next came the Minister for children and families, Edward Timpson, at 3.42:24, just shading the shadow justice minister, Dan Jarvis, at 3.45:08.

In his fourth London Marathon, Dan Jarvis, 41, MP for Barnsley Central, ran 3.45:08 with his 69-year-old father, Bernard, a veteran of 68 marathons.

Shadow justice secretary, Sadiq Khan, ran 4.19:47, while the shadow secretary of state for health, Andy Burnham, managed 4.26:19.

Graham Evans managed 4.43:56 and Jason McCartney came in at 4.57:35. Ed Balls knocked more than 17 minutes from his 2013 time (5:14:13) when he finished in 4.57:40.

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