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Michael Brown was a Conservative MP from 1979 to 1997

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The slow, strange death of the Conservative Party

Michael Brown, who was a Tory MP for 18 years, goes around the country in search of positive omens for Michael Howard, but finds a party rotting from the roots

Lib Dems could be the death of the Tories

This party has it in its power to prevent the Tories ever returning to office

The cold shoulder from President Bush could do Michael Howard a world of good

Even Blair is getting the message that his own 'shoulder to shoulder' moments with Bush do him nothing but harm

If we build up wealth during our life, why should the state claim it when we die?

It should be a matter of principle that people be encouraged to build and pass on the fruits of a lifetime's achievement

The Liberal Democrats need to decide whether to campaign to the left or right of Labour

The conundrum is to devise a message that will appeal to disillusioned voters of each of the other two parties

Campaigning in August, reverting to old themes on crime - Mr Howard is desperate

The Tory leader may only have until May to convince the public of his case to become Prime Minister

Michael Howard should back John Kerry

A public endorsement might be more beneficial for the Tories than he thinks

Kinnock blew it in 1986. Has Howard done the same?

Yesterday marked the day Howard's credibility was challenged by some in his own party

It's back to old Labour habits of spend and tax

Brown has long since jettisoned his old flame Prudence. He is enjoying an affair with profligacy

Face the facts: there is no Tory breakthrough

A cynic might wonder if the polls would have been much different if they had stuck with IDS

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