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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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Farage looks to capitalise on Tory unrest with advert

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has moved to exploit unrest within the Conservative Party with a rallying call for disaffected Tory voters to join his ranks.

Mr Farage has taken out a full-page advert in The Daily Telegraph urging those unsettled by David Cameron's policies or insulted by a senior Tory figure's alleged description of activists as "mad, swivel-eyed loons" to defect to his party.

Mr Farage's letter ends with an additional call for Labour and Lib Dem voters to join his ranks too. Credit: UKIP/The Daily Telegraph

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