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Why I got sacked from the Shadow Cabinet after six days

The North Wiltshire answer to the West Lothian question

William Hague is heading up the government's commission on English Votes for English Laws. © Chatham House

How’s this for a record? I can claim to have been the shortest-ever member of the Shadow Cabinet. It was in 2005, just after the General Election, when—rather against my better judgement, and on the slender grounds of my Scottish upbringing—Michael Howard, then leader of the Conservative Party, promoted me to Shadow Secretary of State for…

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