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Hosepipe bans are spreading across the country

Tory water minister Richard Benyon has denied newspaper claims he flouted the hosepipe ban by leaving water running in his garden.

The MP said there was “no way” a 15ft hose was left running at the family estate in his constituency of Newbury in Berkshire.

The claims were made in The People, but the newspaper said it stood by the story.

Mr Benyon, a minister at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), said: “Neither I, nor my family, nor anyone who works for me turned that hose on.”

Published here.

Former Egyptian finance minister, Youssef Boutros-Ghali, was living openly in London despite being convicted of corruption and profiteering in his home country.

MPs wanted to know why he was being allowed to remain in the UK, despite being the subject of an Interpol “red notice”.

Mr Boutros-Ghali, the nephew of the former UN secretary-general Boutros Boutros-Ghali, was convicted and sentenced to 30 years in jail for corruption, abusing state and private assets as well as profiteering.

He was ordered to repay 60 million Egyptian pounds (£6.1m).

Published here.