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Unity is Ancram's key theme
Unity is Ancram's key theme

Ancram on Ancram

"I must admit that when William Hague invited me to take on this job I knew that I had to be a little mad to accept it."
On being appointed Conservative Party chairman, 1998

"I want to be able to be proud of my country without being told that I am politically incorrect. I want to be proud of a country where freedom matters again, where the rule of law matters again, where responsibility counts for something again, and where we do the right thing because it is right."

"I have called my campaign 'One Party, One Nation'. That is the theme upon which I seek election as leader."

"To talk blandly about four wasted years is a real insult to all those who carried the Conservative standard at the last election on a number of policy areas on which I hope we can build."
On rival Ken Clarke's declaration that the Tories had wasted its first term of opposition

Others on Ancram

"Michael Ancram is charming, sensible, honest and a true blue toff"
Lynda Lee Potter

"Mr Ancram wants to come in as a unity candidate. He's neither one thing nor the other. He wants to be all things to all men."

Peter Mandelson MP

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All five candidates head-to-head on Question Time
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The former party chairman sets out his vision
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Michael Ancram announces his candidature, with a swipe at Michael Portillo
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