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Tuesday, 17 July, 2001, 19:03 GMT 20:03 UK
Picture gallery: Tory leadership
Michael Portillo says he is quitting frontline politics after he was dramatically dumped out of the Conservative leadership contest.

The early frontrunner in the race to succeed William Hague came last in Tuesday's third round poll, just one vote behind Iain Duncan Smith.

Ken Clarke emerged as the surprise winner in the final ballot of the 166 Tory MPs.

Now he and Mr Duncan Smith go to a vote of the party's 300,000 members, with the victor announced on 12 September.


Michael Portillo after his defeat in the MPs ballot on Tuesday
Michael Portillo says he is leaving the political limelight

Michael Portillo
Portillo supporters say he is the victim of press attacks

Michael Ancram (left) is interviewed alongside Ken Clarke after the election result
Tuesday's result brought sunshine to the Clarke camp

Ken Clarke
Clarke will now test his support in the country

Iain Duncan Smith puts his success down to
Duncan Smith: "Relieved and pleased"

Iain Duncan Smith grooms himself after securing a place in the next round
Preparing for the next battle: Duncan Smith

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