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Garden sheds are making a comeback. An insider tells the Diary that sheds could be the new loft conversions for the up and coming.

Even Syndaxi Financial Planning director Robert Reid operates his business from a garden shed, apparently.

A common or garden shed could also be former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith&#39s road back to the limelight. His first TV presenting role will be in a garden shed on Johnny Vaughan&#39s new BBC3 chat show.

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