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Sebastian Payne writes about British politics for the FT. He was previously political leader writer and digital opinion editor. Before he joined the FT, he was a reporter and editor at The Spectator and The Daily Telegraph.He also presents the weekly Payne's Politics podcast and writes a fortnightly notebook column for the opinion pages.
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