Shapps backs Feldman saying he's 'true to his word'

Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps described Lord Feldman as being "absolutely straight and true to his word" following allegations that a senior aide described grassroot party activists as "mad, swivel-eyed loons".

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PM tries to calm party activists

David Cameron has tried to smooth relations with Conservative activists, insisting he would never have anyone close to him who "sneered" at them. He emailed them after reports that a close ally dismissed some of them as "mad, swivel-eyed loons".