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Thursday, 13 September, 2001, 15:57 GMT 16:57 UK
Iain Duncan Smith
Iain Duncan Smith has risen dramatically through the ranks of the Conservative Party. First elected in 1992, he quickly became a high profile figure well known for his right-of-centre views. Critics say his relatively low public profile, ministerial inexperience and euroscepticism will make election success an impossibility.


Iain Duncan Smith
Iain Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan Smith is a former member of the Scots Guards who saw active service in Northern Ireland. His Thatcherite eurosceptic views put him in tune with his party but critics say he lacks charisma.

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13 September 2001
Iain Duncan Smith wins leadership

Iain Duncan Smith walks to the podium to make his acceptance speech
Iain Duncan Smith after winning the Tory leadership

Iain Duncan Smith won the leadership battle, gaining 61% of party members' votes to Ken Clarke's 39%. In his acceptance speech he pledged to stand alongside the US against terrorism.

 The BBC's Mark Mardell reports

 Iain Duncan Smith's acceptance speech

 Ken Clarke concedes

20 August 2001
Manifesto launch

Ken Clarke and Iain Duncan Smith before their appearance on the BBC's Newsnight programme
Ken Clarke and Iain Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan Smith launched his manifesto in the battle to win over the party membership. After a vote by Conservative MPs in which Michael Portillo was eliminated, only Ken Clarke and Duncan Smith remained in the contest.

 Iain Duncan Smith's manifesto launch

26 June 2001
Campaign launch

Ranbir Singh Guri and Iain Duncan Smith at a meeting of Asian Conservatives
Ranbir Singh Guri and Iain Duncan Smith

Iain Duncan Smith stepped in to the leadership contest saying the Conservative Party needed to broaden its appeal if it was to win power from Labour and that he would include pro-Europeans in his cabinet.

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 The BBC's John Pienaar reports

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