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The former Tory MP on why he would rather join Merrill Lynch than the Conservative party

By Julian Critchley   January 1999

Edward Heath has said that were he to begin his political career again he would not join the Conservative party. He did not say why, but as I hold the same view, I shall try to explain.

I joined the party because I had nothing else to do. I had left Shrewsbury School and was waiting to be called up. I hung around my parents’ house in Swiss Cottage and went to the pictures, twice a day. I must have expressed an interest in politics, for my mother saw to it that I joined the Hampstead Young Conservatives (“Such nice…

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