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Ministers dropped from seat shortlist

The grassroots backlash against Conservative MPs looking for new seats gathered force over the weekend as three ministers failed to make the final shortlist for the ultra-safe new Tory seat of Maidenhead.

Combative climber of the greasy pole

Michael Howard has courted controversy in a short career

Lamont loses duel for seat

STEVE BOGGAN

Lamont challenges his neighbour to a duel

STEVE BOGGAN

Happy returns for Maggie and moggie

Baroness Thatcher's return to No 10 last night was upstaged by the reappearance of a loyal servant - Humphrey the Cabinet Office cat.

Tight, me? Just careful

WOMEN AND MEN TESTIMONY It's not that all Scottish people are mean. Just don't expect Nicholas Barber to buy you a pint

Tories begin the scramble for safest seat

PATRICIA WYNN DAVIES

The queen is dead

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Lamont rejected by Vale of York Tories

Norman Lamont was told by Tory supporters yesterday that Tony Blair would stand more chance of being selected as the Tory candidate for the Vale of York than the former Chancellor.

First-time buyers may get tax break

COLIN BROWN

... and how the insiders rate him

A chancellor of the exchequer has no sterner critics than his mandarins. Despite the fact that the fundamental expenditure review Ken Clarke launched last December has axed a quarter of the senior jobs in the Treasury, he is seen in the department as a better than middling chancellor. One senior official says: ''He is intelligent, fast and has a clear idea about what he wants to achieve.'' A junior one adds: ''He's good fun. He won't necessarily remember your name, but he's very stimulating to work for.''

Oh unlucky man

IT STARTED AS A Cabinet of chums; no more handbagging from Margaret Thatcher, instead the brightest and best of Conservative Party working fruitfully together. Of those chums, few were closer to John Major than Norman Lamont and David Mellor. With a little help from them, it has all gone horribly wrong.

He who dares wins - and he did

John Major's gamble was preceded by years of psychological trauma within the Conservative Party, writes Donald Macintyre

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