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How to be leader of the opposition

These extracts from memoirs and diaries shed light on how to do one of politics' most difficult jobs

By Ian Irvine   November 2015

Margaret Thatcher In London On February 11th 1975. © Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

In February 1975, Barbara Castle writes in her diary on the effect of Margaret Thatcher’s election as Conservative leader:

“I can’t help feeling a thrill. She is so clearly the best man among them…

“[Her] election has stirred up her own side wonderfully; all her backbenchers perform like knights jousting at a tourney for a lady’s favours… by making…

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