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Iain Duncan Smith: the quest of a quiet man

Iain Duncan Smith had big ideas for improving social justice in the UK. How much did he actually achieve?

By Philip Collins   May 2016

©Iain Duncan Smith visits the East End of Glasgow in 2002, the scene of his "epiphany" ©Robert Perry/TSPL/Camera Press

Fifteen minutes by car up the M8 motorway out of Glasgow you arrive at the site of the epiphany. On the Easterhouse estate in 2002, close to tears at the squalor he witnessed, the Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith changed his mind about politics. Posing in front of the dilapidated housing…

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