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ETHICS INQUIRY HITS ARCHER'S MAYORAL AMBITIONS

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Senior Tory Timothy Kitson has filed a formal complaint to the party's new ethics and integrity committee demanding...
Senior Tory Timothy Kitson has filed a formal complaint to the party's new ethics and integrity committee demanding an inquiry into whether Lord Archer is fit to be the candidate in the London mayoral election, reported The Sunday Telegraph (p1).

His letter to party chairman Lord Parkinson, Sir Timothy, a former whip, said he was deeply concerned to read of allegations against Lord Archer in a biography of him by BBC journalist Michael Crick. The book draws attention to Lord Archer's missing A-level and unviversity degree certificates; his resignation as an MP when he was almost bankrupt; his gift of£2,000 to a prostitute he had never met; and a department of trade and industry investigation in 1994 after Lord Archer bought shares in Anglia Television, of which his wife was a director, shortly before they leapt in price.
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