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The Brexit backer and Leave.EU co-founder Arron Banks has been left red faced after the Sunday Times revealed that his dealings with Russia during and after the referendum may have been closer than he originally admitted. These included a visit to Moscow in February 2016, just as the Leave.EU war machine was cranking into gear. Quizzed about this trip, Banks (whose wife is Russian) claimed that it had been nothing more sinister than a family holiday. ‘No meetings were had with anyone, we visited the Hermitage Museum and went on a river cruise,’ he explained. Quite a weekend, then – particularly given the fact that the Hermitage is in Saint Petersburg, some 400 miles away from Moscow.


Farewell Malcolm Morley, winner of the first Turner Prize and pioneer of

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