As David Cameron prepares to address an EU summit he is still recovering from a bruising weekend during which he had to email his own party to smooth relations with activists, insisting he would never have anyone close to him who "sneered" at them.
He contacted them after reports that a close ally dismissed some of them as "mad, swivel-eyed loons" after a revolt over no mention of a referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union in the Queen's Speech.
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