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Diary: August 2012

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By Prospect   August 2012

Tories’ FCO mutterings

Some younger Conservative MPs are muttering their frustrations at what they see as veteran “bed-blocker” ministers in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Under William Hague, the junior ministers are the Tories David Lidington, Henry Bellingham, Alistair Burt, plus the Lib Dem Jeremy Browne, whose father was a diplomat. A Tory MP says: “We traditionally put our best and brightest future hopes into junior FCO positions.” Malcolm Rifkind, Chris Patten and Francis Maude were all earmarked for rises through ranks with early FCO ministerial posts.  Now, Hague is seen as the only “star” in the office. Junior ministers…

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