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Conrad Black revealed this week that he forced a prestigious club in Florida to change its "No Jews" membership rule,writes Bess Twiston Davies.

Mr Black, 53, a Catholic convert and Director of the Catholic Herald and owner of the Daily Telegraph, threatened to resign from the Everglades club in Palm Beach on account of its anti-semitism.

"It had what I believe was a well—founded reputation for excluding Jewish members," said Mr Black.

"When I married my Jewish wife, Barbara Amiel, I went to the President and said I intended to resign. But he insisted I put my wife up for membership, with him as the principal proposer, and support from the former US Secretary of State, Alexander Haig."

He added: "She went in like an express train. She was the first Jewish member, and they changed club rules so it became 'conduct unbecoming' to raise issues of race or religion in discussing the selection of new members."

But even after his battle against the club's antisemitic policy, Mr Black confessed that he rarely uses the club.

"I don't go often," he said. "I'm not much of a golfer and it's not the best restaurant in town."

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