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The Conservative Party is launching an investigation after its ISP, Tory.org, suffered a massive failure last night.

Loyal Tory voters - some 2,500 of them - were unable to access their email or the Web.

The virtual ISP is operated by CallNet.

Yesterday, Cable & Wireless said it had pulled the plug on CallNet because of outstanding debts and unpaid bills.

A spokesman at Conservative Central Office (CCO) confirmed that the service went down last night, although today it appears to be operational once again.

A spokesman for CCO said he was slightly bemused by the situation and would be looking into it.

Indeed, the whole situation with CallNet remains confused.

The troubled ISP was asked to comment but Gerard Farley, the head of the outfit, was unavailable for comment by press time. ®

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