New Articles 16-year-old William Hague rails against the evils of socialism in his famous speech to the Conservative Party conference in 1977

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

No party for Portillo if he wins poll

MICHAEL PORTILLO has told his campaign team that there will be no lavish celebrations if he wins the Kensington and Chelsea by-election this week.

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Peter Tatchell is an effective campaigner, but his bitter stand against Michael Portillo is outdated and out of order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

All the News of the World

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.

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'

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.
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Pompeii, Capri & the Bay of Naples
Dubrovnik, the Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence
Lisbon, Oporto and the Douro Valley
Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
Spain
Prices correct as of 23 January 2015
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project