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Michael Brown was a Conservative MP from 1979 to 1997

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Tory leader can celebrate but not with the best champagne

Yesterday was an Asti Spumante, rather than a champagne, day for Michael Howard. The local election results show that the Conservative Party has made solid and steady progress in a number of crucial councils.

Voters are disillusioned with the main parties

They should be concerned about the longer term implications of growing anti-European sentiment

The disenchanted will use this poll to kick the entire political establishment

Few voters can probably name a single MEP, but everyone feels they know Miss Collins or Mr Kilroy-Silk

The harsh truth of life on electoral death row

With a small margin, other influences beyond the name of the leader are far more important

So who's afraid of Michael Howard?

Negative campaigning is the last refuge of a political party that has run out of steam

The day my life changed (thanks to the weather)

My election promise to end the closed shop enabled me to campaign heavily in Labour areas

So many summits - and all that Mr Blair achieves is government by gimmick

Maybe the only way of restoring trust in the Home Office is to let Blunkett get on with his job without interference

The only immigration policy seems to be covering up some unpalatable truths

Whether ministers like it or not, democratic accountability makes them the ultimate fall-guys

The Tories should sound the retreat over Iraq

Democracy means accepting that voters have the right to opt out of unwinnable wars

The Tory leader must prove he is not an opportunist

After the flip-flop over the Butler inquiry decision, it is time for the real Michael Howard to reveal himself

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