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Last night Mr Cameron’s efforts to appear tough were dealt a blow when the party’s chairman, Caroline Spelman, defended her own staffing arrangements.

Ms Spelman admitted that when she became an MP in 1997 she employed as a constituency assistant a woman who also looked after her children, but insists that the staff member fully earned her taxpayer-funded salary.

A Conservative spokesman said that the woman had worked from 9am to 3pm on constituency work, Monday to Friday, and had only done child-care and other household chores outside those hours. But Tina Haynes told Newsnight on BBC Two that she had been Ms Spelman’s nanny and had combined that role with “odd secretarial” duties.


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