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PM defends EU budget position

David Cameron has defended the collapse of talks aimed at agreeing the EU budget, saying: "We are not going to be tough on budgets at home and sign up to big increases in European spending in Brussels."

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Tony Blair: UK must stay at the heart of the EU

Tony Blair will make a speech on London on the importance of remaining at 'the top table' Credit: Press Association

Tony Blair will argue that the UK needs to stay "at the heart of the European Union - or face disaster" in a speech to business leaders on Wednesday, according to the Guardian.

The former Prime Minister will tell gathered members of the business community that membership to the EU is more important than ever. A source close to Mr Blair said:

"Whereas the postwar argument for Europe was about peace versus war, he will make the point that the 21st-century case for Europe is about power versus irrelevance."

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