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The annual release of secret papers from the National Archive reveals Mrs Thatcher’s scornful response to a plan to put the precocious young Tory in the Treasury

The Vote For Europe: End of the Tory truce on Europe

THE FRAGILE truce between the Conservative Party's two factions on Europe was shattered yesterday when nine former MPs and Euro MPs attacked William Hague's hardline policy.

Letter: War leader

Sir: The appointment of Michael Portillo as Nato secretary general would surely amount to conclusive proof that the organisation is an offensive military alliance.

Media: We should not ditch Greg Dyke just yet

LAST WEEK The Independent ran a leading article ruefully ruling out Greg Dyke as a candidate to succeed Sir John Birt as director-general of the BBC. It gave two grounds. First, that the job was very special - the BBC is "the public service broadcaster" - and therefore very special criteria should apply. Second, that appointing someone who had given pounds 50,000 to a political party would justifiably be seen as a manifestation of "sleaze".

Furious BBC chief turns on Hague

FURIOUS BBC executives yesterday attacked William Hague for putting unacceptable political pressure on the corporation as it chooses its next director-general. Mr Hague had, they said, joined a virulent and partisan anti-Greg Dyke campaign.

Parliament: Brussels Post - Patten's way is cleared for Europe job

THE GOVERNMENT gave its strongest indication yet that Chris Patten, the former Tory cabinet minister and governor of Hong Kong, will be appointed Britain's next European commissioner.

Hague defiant as EU Tories split

WILLIAM HAGUE'S problems over Europe deepened yesterday as pro- EU Tories launched a breakaway party and Michael Portillo attacked Michael Heseltine for campaigning for a single currency.

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Gerald Kaufman wonders why a self-confessed 'marginal sort of MP' has written such a bulky volume of reminiscenses

Robinson: `Blair is as dictatorial as Thatcher'

TONY BLAIR has modelled his premiership on that of Margaret Thatcher and reduced cabinet meetings to a rubber-stamping operation, says Geoffrey Robinson, the former paymaster general.

Parliament & Politics: Conservative Party - Senior Tory quits as `civil war' deepens

THE TURMOIL at the top of the Conservative Party deepened last night when a senior Tory official resigned following William Hague's attempt to make a clean break with Thatcherism.

Hague accused of betraying legacy

WILLIAM HAGUE'S latest attempt to relaunch the Conservative Party backfired last night as right-wingers accused him of abandoning Margaret Thatcher's free market philosophy.

Letters: Fishing for votes

Sir: I could not, at first, believe my eyes. I gazed on the picture of William Hague not only eating a plate of fish and chips but sprinkling brown vinegar on it (13 April).

The Week In Westminster: pounds 200 supper may land Twigg in soup

STEPHEN TWIGG, who won Enfield Southgate for labour from Michael Portillo, could be in danger of following Fiona Jones in the Newark election expenses fiasco. Mr Twigg appears to have started his re-election campaign in Southgate already, and runs the risk of making himself liable to incurring election expenses during the next two to three years.

Europe: Dozens of viewers share moment of intimacy before

THEIR EYES met across the table and they were transported back in time to a secret rendezvous in a Parisian cafe.

Dozens of viewers share moment of intimacy before

THEIR EYES met across the table and they were transported back in time to a secret rendezvous in a Parisian cafe.

Leading Article: Goodbye, Mr Hague

WILLIAM HAGUE seems to think that importing the vacuous phrase "kitchen table" from the US to describe his own increasingly elusive brand of Conservatism is somehow going to help him. He is sadly mistaken. Not even his conciliatory talk in Reading yesterday of change and renewal can do much for him now.
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