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Letter: Portillo's hypocrisy

CONTRARY TO your suggestions ("Stay out of poll, Tatchell told", 14 November), I have not been pressured by Labour officials to keep clear of Kensington and Chelsea. Nor has Stephen Twigg MP, or any other gay Labour Party member, asked me not to get involved in the by-election.

Labour hopes lease reform will woo voters

SWEEPING REFORMS for leaseholders will be unveiled by the Government tomorrow in a deliberate attempt by Labour to influence the Kensington and Chelsea by-election.

Michael who? Portillo without prejudice

Sara Bonisteel, a young US writer, hadn't heard of Kensington's Tory hopeful until we sent her to trail him last week

Stay out of poll, Tatchell told

LABOUR has told the gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell to keep out of the Kensington and Chelsea by-election battle against Michael Portillo.

Labour's winning (except with naked voters)

`Of the five electors who answered the door with nothing on, three said they would vote Tory'

Former Tory chief admits election win is `unlikely'

LORD PARKINSON, the former Tory party chairman, has admitted that a Conservative victory at the next general election is "unlikely".

Letter: Portillo's record

Portillo's record

A shy gay? It's only natural

Peter Tatchell is an effective campaigner, but his bitter stand against Michael Portillo is outdated and out of order

Monitor: Just waiting to put him down - Michael Portillo's return

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DISCIPLINE: Earl of Burford is ejected from Parliament again

THE EARL of Burford, who secured his footnote in history when he interrupted debate to abolish hereditary peers' voting rights, was ejected from Westminster for the second time in a week yesterday.

Graduates: How I Got Here: A student joke can make you a lot of money

Giles Andreae, 33, is the creator of Purple Ronnie, Britain's favourite stickman. This phenomenally successful cartoon character has made Andreae the country's top-selling poet and an icon of contemporary popular culture. Andreae also writes books for children.

So how will Mr Hague deal with his new rival?

'Portillo will be an undoubted star in a shadow cabinet short on brilliance and weight'

CBI Conference: Europe - Joining euro `will put 10% on taxes'

TAXES WOULD have to rise 10 per cent if Britain scrapped the pound and joined the single currency, Michael Portillo claimed.

`I am a Hagueite', preacher Michael tells twin set and pearls revivalist meeting

HE WAS always going to be the main attraction, and for the Tory faithful of Kensington and Chelsea it was worth the wait. When he did appear to be anointed as the candidate for this blue-chip Tory constituency, Michael Portillo played all the right notes.

Outlook: CBI has become merely a stage for politicians

THE LEADERSHIP of the Confederation of British Industry is feeling rather pleased with itself. This year's national conference in Birmingham boasts appearances by all three main party leaders, four Cabinet ministers, a European Commissioner, the leader of the Opposition and, perhaps, the next leader of the Opposition in the bouffant and dashing form of Michael Portillo.
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