Anti-badger cull campaigner Brian May had his deer shot

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From the Sunday papers: from the Queen guitarist's country estate cull to the new Archbishop's alcohol-dependent father...

LAST UPDATED AT 13:29 ON Sun 25 Nov 2012

HE HAS been photographed cuddling a badger and is a very public opponent of culling the mammals - but Brian May employed a gamekeeper to kill deer on his country estate, it has emerged. The Sunday Times quotes the Queen guitarist as saying he inherited the practice when he bought the land but stopped it last year. May also runs an anti-blood sports charity, Save Me, and is an RSPCA vice-president…

FOOTBALLER Frank Lampard is trying to have the 100-year-old great-grandmother of his children evicted from the Barcelona flat he bought her in 2008, the Mail on Sunday reveals with relish. The Chelsea and England midfielder has given Teresa Canete, grandmother of his former fiancée Elen Rivas, a Spanish lingerie model, "just days" to vacate the four-bedroom apartment which he says he has offered to sell her…

TONY BLAIR is to launch an impassioned plea to keep the UK within the European Union this week. Speaking to business leaders in London on Wednesday, the former PM will argue that the EU needs to promote a "grand plan" to help members unite to take on the rising economic powers of China, India, Brazil, Russia and China, The Observer reports. The paper says more senior Tories are supporting leaving the EU…

A THINK-TANK set up by former PM Gordon Brown to improve the conduct of bankers has allegedly suffered the embezzlement of a large amount of cash, The Sunday Times reports. Police are investigating one of the International Centre for Financial Regulation's managers after money was found to be missing from one of its bank accounts. Funded by taxpayers, the Centre was created by Brown in 2007…

BRITAIN has accused Argentina of trying to "strangle" the Falkland Islands economy after the authorities failed to stop a gang of masked thugs from destroying the office of a shipping company which schedules cruise trips to the islands. After the office, in Buenos Aires, was ransacked, two cruise ship companies cancelled scheduled visits to the Falklands. The islanders receive £10m a year from visiting cruises, says the Mail on Sunday

TAX JUSTICE campaigners are delighted by radical plans drawn up by the Treasury to force UK tax havens including Jersey, Guernsey, The Isle of Man and the Cayman Islands to reveal the names behind hidden companies, account holders and trusts. The Observer says the move will be unveiled in the Chancellor's autumn statement and will come into force in 2014, with major consequences for tax avoidance…

THE MAN who will be the next Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has revealed the shock he felt on discovering his "alcohol-dependent" father's secret life. In his first interview since being chosen, speaking to The Sunday Telegraph, Wellby revealed he had no idea his "demanding" father had changed his real name and disguised his German-Jewish roots and married in secret in America…

ON FRIDAY, writes John Rentoul in The Independent on Sunday, the EU budget talks were the biggest story around; today we have almost forgotten them. In fact, the small sums involved will make little difference to the UK. "The fate of the Euro is what matters in the long term," he writes, but there is nothing the UK can do about it except wait and see. In the meantime, Europe should be a golden opportunity for the Conservatives: "People think David Cameron stands up for the UK in European negotiations." Ed Miliband, meanwhile, is forced into an unpopular pro-EU role. But the Tories' internal divisions on the subject mean they will probably "contrive to throw that advantage away"… · 

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During the past few years Brian May has become an ethical vegetarian and an animal welfare advocate who has reverence for the lives of all creatures great and small. He's is not a hypocrite. Conversely, Brian May is a true blue animal lover.

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