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Sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe asked Immigration minister Phil Woolas to pull strings - and Swann, 30, got a new passport in four hours.
Syria's Assad Promises PA's Abbas to Pull Strings with Hamas
Here Frank Muller narrates the story of a murderer in a prison run by a sadistic warden and a con who can pull strings.
IAN MORAN earned his nickname from a famous kids' TV puppet show - now he's ready to pull strings for the Saltires.