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Wednesday, 8 December, 1999, 11:07 GMT
The Archer scandal



From a 13-year-old lie about a dinner date, the Lord Archer revelations have blossomed into a scandal encompassing the threat of criminal charges, claims for the return of millions of pounds and the clear final chapter to a political career.



Lord Archer's woes continue to grow daily - weeks after the original scandal broke a key libel witness is alleged to have confessed to lying on the stand.







While Lady Archer is standing by her man, many of her husband's former friends, colleagues and party guests are proving less forgiving.





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Fans of tabloid exposes and followers of Conservative Party scandals will not have been surprised to find publicist Max Clifford at the heart of the Archer scandal.



Just days before Lord Archer quit, Tory leader William Hague dubbed Ken Livingstone the prime minister's "night mayor" - the jibe came back to haunt him.




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