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George Osborne: Tory saviour


The last nine months have seen an astonishing revival in the fortunes of the Conservative party. From a ten-point deficit in the polls last autumn, the Tories now enjoy a 20-point lead. And following a crushing by-election victory at Crewe and Nantwich last month, they are increasingly seen as the government-in-waiting. George Osborne, the shadow chancellor, is one of the key figures behind the revival. His speech at last year’s Conservative party conference—promising cuts in inheritance tax and stamp duty—is credited with rattling Gordon Brown sufficiently to make him bottle plans for a snap election he would probably have won.

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