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Labour hopes lease reform will woo voters

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Former Tory chief admits election win is `unlikely'

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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.

`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.

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.

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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