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Flight's replacement in new 'secret cuts' row

The Tories are embroiled in a fresh controversy over their spending plans following the selection of a new candidate to replace sacked deputy party chairman Howard Flight.
Nick Herbert, former director of the right-wing think tank Reform, was accused by Labour last night of supporting secret spending cuts - the claim which led to Mr Flight being barred as a Tory candidate.

The Conservatives, however, claimed that his comments - in an article for The Spectator magazine in 2002 - had been taken 'grossly out of context' and insisted that he did not have a 'secret agenda' for cuts.

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