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Johnson defends Cameron aide

Boris Johnson defended senior Tory campaigner and former campaign manager today, Lynton Crosby. Mr Crosby has been accused of racism against Muslim voters.

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David Cameron recruits Boris Johnson strategist

Lynton Crosby was responsible for Boris Johnson's Mayor of London campaign Credit: David Jones/PA Wire/Press Association Images

David Cameron has recruited the strategist behind Boris Johnson's electoral successes to boost Tory prospects, Downing Street sources told The Sunday Times(£).

Lynton Crosby is reportedly set to start work within weeks as David Cameron seeks to expand his operation ahead of the next General Election.

The return of the figure is closely associated with the Tories' failed crime and immigration-centred 2005 campaign under Michael Howard has divided opinion in the party, according to the newspaper.

Lord Ashcroft warned that the appointment was a "recipe for... conflict and confusion".

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