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The Tory who lent David Cameron's party millions but pays no tax and retains his peerage

So Lord Laidlaw, who lent the Tories £3.5 million, is refusing to give up his tax exile status (he lives in Monaco) despite that being a condition of his peerage. The best piece on this is by David Hencke in the Guardian.

To his credit David Cameron has told his renegade peer to get his act together, but, as I understand it, there is nothing anyone can do if Laidlaw chooses to remain a tax exile and a Lord. As I wrote in this week's New Statesman the Tories and their money should become an increasingly fruitful avenue for exploration by journalists. Interesting, though, that this doesn't seem to have come from the Labour Party, who are still hamstrung by the Prime Minister's own issues with party funding.

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.

 

 

In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.