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Michael Portillo

The British right can only reinvent itself by resolving the conflict between traditional conservatism and market liberalism. There's just one candidate

By Tim Hames   June 2001

There is probably no leading British politician for whom the general election campaign is more uncomfortable than Michael Portillo. This is not an entirely novel experience for him. On the eve of the last contest four years ago, he was the clear if not overwhelming favourite to succeed John Major in the event of the then Conservative government being ejected from office. That status obliged him to walk a fine line between loyalty and preparation. As matters transpired, the swing against the Tories was so great that Portillo lost his own seat in Enfield Southgate. His defeat offered William Hague,…

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