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  MiP file: Tory leader faces off with PM
Updated 12 November 2003, 16.36

Our Man in Parliament unlocks some of the secrets of the most powerful place in Britain - Parliament.

Here he tells us about the first meeting in Parliament between the Prime Minister and the new leader of the Conservatives.


No sign of first day nerves for the new man running the main opposition to Tony Blair!

Michael Howard has taken over as leader of the Conservative Party after the old boss - Iain Duncan Smith - was...well, booted out of the job.

And on Wednesday Mr Howard faced Mr Blair for the first time during the weekly session of prime minister's questions in Parliament.

Michael Howard
Michael Howard enjoyed his first PMQs
The new man is a big footie fan - Liverpool is his team - and his supporters were cheering like the Kop on a good day as he criticised Mr Blair.

He attacked the prime minister over what he says are big problems in the way services like hospitals and schools are run.

And he listed all the ways he reckons Mr Blair has changed his mind over things over the years.

It was a rowdy 30 minutes - and most people agreed that Mr Howard came up with a pretty good performance.

Mind you, the prime minister gave as good as he got - and it all means we'll definitely be keeping a close eye on their weekly punch-up!



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