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Octopus: The allegations against Crispin Odey

Paul Caruana Galizia investigates the sexual assault allegations against one of Britain’s richest and most powerful men.

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Percentage-based punishment

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Morocco marches towards the quarter-finals as the Arab world’s envoy

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Liz Truss was elected prime minister by a handful of the population – Conservative party members. Her successor was almost chosen this way as well. But nobody knows exactly who these people are – or how secure the process is. So we’ve asked the Conservative Party to tell us.

On 10 October 2022, Tortoise submitted an application for Judicial Review of the Conservative party’s refusal to disclose information about the way it chose Britain’s new prime minister.

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The allegations against Crispin Odey

5 December 2022
51 minutes

One of Britain’s richest and most powerful men was cleared of sexual assault last year. Four more women have come forward with similar allegations that Crispin Odey, a major donor to the Conservative party, sexually assaulted them. Other women allege that he sexually harassed them at the offices of his Mayfair hedge fund company.



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