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The strange reinvention of Philip Hammond 

Facing the sack, the notoriously dull chancellor has suddenly come to life. He isn’t the only new rebel Boris Johnson will have to contend with

By Marie Le Conte  

Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/PA Images

Sixteen years ago, Iain Duncan Smith gave his leader’s speech at Conservative Party conference. “To the prime minister I say this,” he announced to the crowd; “the quiet man is here to stay and he’s turning up the volume.”

In the end, he wasn’t and he didn’t; IDS resigned later that month, and headed back to (temporary) backbench oblivion. Meanwhile, another quiet man who had been in that fateful room was biding his…

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