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Conservative conference 2001
Iain Duncan Smith addresses the Conservative Party conference in 2000
Despite the air strikes on Afghanistan, the Conservatives press ahead with their party conference in Blackpool. Several MPs returned to London on Monday to take part in the emergency Parliamentary debate.


Wednesday 10 October

Iain Duncan Smith uses his debut conference speech as leader to back military action and pledges that public service reform is his "greatest mission".

 Hear the speech by Iain Duncan Smith


Tuesday 9 October 2001

A familiar face reappears on the podium in Blackpool: William Hague recalls his previous conference speech in 1977

 The BBC's Carolyn Quinn reports

The new shadow chancellor - Michael Howard - attacks the government for failing to provide public services.

 The BBC's Jo Coburn reports


Monday 8 October 2001

Conservative Party Leader Iain Duncan Smith gives his reaction to Sunday's military strikes:

 Click to watch

Conservative Deputy Party leader Michael Ancram: "We will play our full part as the official opposition".

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