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Ken Clarke attacks media over Baroness Warsi

Ken Clarke Credit: PA

The Justice Secretary Ken Clarke has launched a stinging attack on the media for acting like a "lynch mob" against Jeremy Hunt and Baroness Warsi.

He dismissed some of the allegations against the Conservative Party chairman as "downrightsilly" and "pedantic".

The comments came as David Cameron delivered a strong signal that Lady Warsi's job is safe despite ordering an investigation into her failure to declare business links.

The Prime Minister said he was "very happy" with the Conservative Party chairman's explanation after it emerged she took relative and business partner Abid Hussain on an official trip to Pakistan.