TWO MONTHS OF PURGATORY FOR CENTRAL OFFICE
Sunday 19 December 1999
Yesterday he was dealt a blow that many observers believe could prove fatal to his chances of remaining leader. The defection of Shaun Woodward to Labour is but the latest example of a party falling apart at the seams.
His, and his party's woes, are easily traceable over the past two months.
Friday 19 November - Tony Blair's popularity looked unassailable as it emerges that his wife, Cherie, is to have a baby.
Saturday 20 November - Lord Archer was forced to step down as the party's mayoral candidate. It emerged in late November that he had concocted a false alibi around the time of his 1987 libel case against the Daily Star after the paper alleged that he had slept with prostitute Monica Coghlan (pictured above). Embarrassed and betrayed, Mr Hague said he had to go.
Tuesday 23 November - Michael Ashcroft, the Conservative Party Treasurer, became the focus of controversy amid allegations that the pounds 666,500 of donations made through his Belize Bank Trust Company constituted foreign donations.
Wednesday 24 November - Harrods boss Mohamed Al Fayed and Tory former minister Neil Hamilton were battling it out in the High Court, reviving the spectre of the damaging "cash-for-questions" row.
Thursday 25 November - Michael Portillo's victory in the Kensington and Chelsea by-election renewed speculation that he would challenge Hague for the party leadership.
Friday 3 December - Mr Hague was forced to sack Shaun Woodward after he refused to support the shadow cabinet's policy against the abolition of the Section 28 legislation, which prevents local councils from "promoting" homosexuality.
Saturday 11 December - Steve Norris, the former transport minister, was dumped as a mayoral candidate by a Conservative selection panel, only to be reinstated later.
Wednesday 15 November - Mr Hague is rebuked by a House of Commons Committee for failing to declare sessions in Lord Archer's gym.
- 1 Paris attacks: Do not call Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists', BBC says
- 2 Man who held up 'hire me' sign at Waterloo station returns a year later with 'I'm hiring' sign
- 3 UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
- 4 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 5 The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
Paris attacks: Do not call Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists', BBC says
Rowan Atkinson to sell £10 million McLaren 'supercar' he crashed into a tree and a lamppost
UK weather: Snow to fall in the coming week with sub-zero temperatures to last until early February
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Howard 'Mr Nice' Marks reveals he has inoperable cancer: 'I've had an incredible life'
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
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