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MICHAEL PORTILLO will not be present for William Hague's conference speech in Blackpool next month. His absence is certain to be interpreted as a snub to the Tory leader.


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Tabloid columnist to fight `bland' Portillo

MICHAEL PORTILLO was confronted by an unexpected rival yesterday when the right-wing columnist Peter Hitchens said he would compete for the Tory nomination in the Kensington and Chelsea by-election. Mr Hitchens said it was necessary to "state a clear and conservative alternative" to Mr Portillo's "washy moderation" and to "the strange, bland new creed" that he appeared to have adopted.

New Portillo claim fails to disturb Tories

MICHAEL PORTILLO received fresh backing from friends and ex-colleagues yesterday after a Sunday newspaper published details of a former homosexual affair.

Portillo accused by former lover

MICHAEL PORTILLO'S campaign to be selected as candidate for Kensington and Chelsea cleared three hurdles over the weekend; but possibly encountered another.

Letter: Portillo's judgment

Sir: Gay spokespersons have maligned Michael Portillo for not giving lifelong political support to every request from their community following his student experiments with homosexuality. By the same curious logic, any male MP who in his teens had too close a relationship with a willing young girl under the legal age should promote the abolition of any legal restriction on such early adolescent fun, or likewise be named as a hypocrite.

Let the voters sue us, says Hague

WILLIAM HAGUE will give voters the right to sue a Conservative government if it breaks its manifesto promises at the next election. The Tory leader is planning to offer the public a legally binding "guarantee" that commitments will be met if his party wins, in an attempt to tackle people's distrust of politicians.

Kiss the boys and marry the girls

Why are people so shocked that the Portillos are happily married, despite Michael's gay past? HERO BROWN on the prejudices modern couples still face

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It was an eventful week for the former minister as he re-entered the political game - but more obstacles lie ahead en route to the top

Coming out for the count

Michael Portillo's record on gay rights is both appalling and hypocritical. His `confession' suggests this may not change; He has, in effect, defined himself as bisexual, without using the word. Are the Tories ready for their first openly bisexual leader?

Monitor: Response to the former MP's disclosure of gay experiences and speculation on his political...

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Leading Article: Mr Portillo may bring a new public morality

THE REACTIONS to Michael Portillo's "revelations" have been significant in themselves. As recently as 10 years ago, homophobic comments in the press were par for the course. Now, although there has been a sprinkling of sniggering jokes, Michael Portillo's self-outing seems to have paid off. It is possible that the burghers of Kensington and Chelsea will draw the line at the possibility of electing an MP who has admitted to gay experience; but with prominent Tories lining up to support him, that seems unlikely.

Tories: Portillo did the right thing

WILLIAM HAGUE should lead the Tories into the next general election, grassroots Conservatives said yesterday. And they also believe that Michael Portillo was right to reveal his past homosexual experiences.

Portillo pleads his case to the Tory core voters

FOR ALL his protestations that he has no designs on the Tory leadership, a throwaway remark by Michael Portillo yesterday suggests that he still has a grand sense of his destiny.
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