Cam’s dinners rake in £840k

DAVID Cameron’s exclusive dinner club for wealthy backers has brought in £840,000 for Tory funds, party figures reveal.

His top 20 backers gave the cash — A THIRD of all donations to the party — over a three-month spell this summer, after invites to swish events with the PM.

Dinners | Prime Minister David Cameron has been slammed for his “private club”. (Image | The Guardian)

Each benefactor is part of the elite “Leader’s Group”, which entitles them to attend dinner with the PM and senior figures, lunch after Commons questions and VIP receptions. There is a £50,000 joining fee.

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Why Chelsea were wrong to sack Roberto Di Matteo

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Chelsea Football Club took the decision on Wednesday to remove manager Roberto Di Matteo from his post after eight months in charge, a period in which the Blues won the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history.

Having made a strong start to the season and recruited exciting new players such as Oscar, Victor Moses and Eden Hazard, Chelsea’s form dipped over the past few weeks and following the 3-0 defeat to Juventus in midweek, the club now stands on the brink of becoming the first European Cup winners to be knocked out of the competition at the group stages the following year.

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Why Chelsea were right to sack Roberto Di Matteo

The Armchair Pundits

Chelsea Football Club took the decision on Wednesday to remove manager Roberto Di Matteo from his post after eight months in charge, a period in which the Blues won the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history.

Having made a strong start to the season and recruited exciting new players such as Oscar, Victor Moses and Eden Hazard, Chelsea’s form dipped over the past few weeks and following the 3-0 defeat to Juventus in midweek, the club now stands on the brink of becoming the first European Cup winners to be knocked out of the competition at the group stages the following year.

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Another one bites the dust

Queens Park Rangers today sacked manager Mark Hughes after 10 months in charge, following 12 games without a win in the Premier League.

Dismissed | Mark Hughes tears into his players during the 3-1 defeat to Southampton, but was relieved of his duties earlier today. (Image | MSN)

Amid supporters’ fury, rumours the Welshman had lost the dressing room and speculation that former Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp was waiting in the wings, owner Tony Fernandes finally stopped backing his man.

There was nothing surprising about the announcement. Fans had been teased on Monday when it was widely quoted in the media that Hughes had been fired, yet the reports turned out to be incorrect.

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Coral in threat to bonuses

STAFF at bookies CORAL will lose part of their bonus unless they sign up to new working terms this month.

The company wants to change working hours, lose all overtime pay and lay off cashiers as part of a new “optimum staff model”.

Changes | Coral has warned staff they could lose money from their bonus if they do not sign up to new working terms by December 1. (Image | Racing UK)

It is also scrapping cleaners and forcing staff to do the work — as revealed by The Sun.

A memo reveals that if staff at its 1,650 shops sign up to the changes by December 1, they will qualify for “all four quarters of the new bonus scheme”.

Those that wait until the end of the 90-day consultation next month will get three quarters.

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QPR in crisis: why the players are as much to blame as Mark Hughes

Chris King on why Mark Hughes is not the only reason behind the Rs’ abject start to the season, and a run of 12 games without a league victory.


Queens Park Rangers lie five points clear of safety at the foot of the Premier League table after a damaging 3-1 defeat to Southampton. The performance produced by the vast majority of those sent out to represent the club on the pitch was nothing short of atrocious, but sadly it was not an aberration.

Fury | Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes feels the heat during his side’s abject 3-1 loss to Southampton. (Image | The Telegraph)

Despite not having picked up a win for 11 matches, supporters vocally backed their side early on before the Saints took control of the game and imposed themselves upon the hosts. Only three players – captain Ryan Nelsen, Adel Taarabt and substitute Jamie Mackie – are exempt from the following assessment.

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The day of reckoning is upon us

Queens Park Rangers currently lie on the brink of catastrophe in the Premier League. Without a victory in 11 matches, no win on the road for an entire year and already five points adrift of safety, manager Mark Hughes has one game to keep his job.

First in the sack race? | QPR manager Mark Hughes stands on the brink of losing his job after an atrocious run of form. (Image | Goal)

Standing between the Welshman and a temporary reprieve are Southampton, who sit one place above the hapless Rs, themselves rooted to the foot of the table with a grand total of four points.

Owner Tony Fernandes may not have explicitly stated that the boss stands to be dismissed if he fails to engineer a turnaround – starting this Saturday – but in many ways he does not need to.

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No, please, just one more game…

In a week or so, Queen’s Park Rangers gaffer Mark Hughes may well be flexing his managerial muscles on the latest edition of Football Manager rather than sending his players out to flatter to deceive at home and away.

Here today, gone tomorrow… | QPR owner Tony Fernandes has so far backed his manager to the hilt, but for how long will he continue to do so? (Image | Sky Sports)

The computer series, known for its ability to imitate real life with a terrifying degree of accuracy, has perhaps studied the personality of QPR owner Tony Fernandes, and decided that he is a loyal, forgiving, understanding, generous and charitable man.

Yet even on a PC he probably isn’t quite patient enough to put up with a draw or, heaven forbid, a loss against newly-promoted Southampton. After all, this is a hard-nosed businessman, not somebody organising a work experience scheme for wannabe Premier League bosses.

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QPR v Southampton: who will lose out in “el Sackico”?

The time for excuses is ov… Oh, wait, that was the introduction two weeks ago. Now this really is it, the game that Queens Park Rangers have to win if they are to avoid relegation from the Premier League. The thread by which manager Mark Hughes is hanging has worn so thin it is in tremendous danger of snapping.

Under pressure | Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes vents his frustration against Stoke City last weekend. (Image | The Daily Mail)

The November ice on which he stands is ready to crack. The piranhas are circling below him, and so on. Basically, QPR need to take three points from this match and to do so, they must take on and overcome the team directly above them – Southampton, who similarly have a boss that may well be out of a job by 5pm on Saturday.

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