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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".

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  1. Chris Ship

Ashcroft: Tories must go beyond party members to win

Speaking amid the "swivel-eyed loon" row, the former Conservative deputy chairman and donor Lord Ashcroft has said the political priorities of party members do not always match those of the people the Tories need if the party is to win.

You can read his article for Conservative Home website here.

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