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Tuesday, 19 June, 2001, 08:27 GMT 09:27 UK
Battle on for Tory leadership
All eyes are on the Tories' most senior players as speculation mounts over who will replace William Hague.
Michael Portillo, shadow chancellor
Others are not impressed with his acceptance (as Shadow Chancellor) of Labour spending plans in key policy areas and the lack of a radical tax-cutting agenda. Lady Thatcher once said of him "We expect great things of you", but even she is understood to have lost faith. However, there are still a merry band of so-called "Portillistas" who will be loyal to the end; more significant, perhaps, are the recent press reports that Ken Clarke is set to mobilise the Tory Left behind Portillo.
Iain Duncan Smith, shadow defence secretary
An active Christian, he is, like Miss Widdecombe, on the more socially authoritarian wing of the party. However, his right-wing credentials are understood to be popular with a number of those likely to be in the new intake who might previously have supported Portillo.
David Davis, chairman of Public Accounts Committee
A confirmed eurosceptic in a Thatcherite mould, there are increasing murmurs of support for him coming from the backbenches, and his odds at the bookies have shortened from 33-1 in December 2000. However, some will recall his stint as a whip, during which time he helped push the bill to ratify the Maastricht Treaty through parliament. He was one of the first to voice support for an English Parliament and the fact he is not burdened with the baggage of working under Mr Hague is almost certainly a point in his favour.
Ken Clarke, former chancellor
On the traditional left of the party, he is president of the Tory Reform Group. His best chance of becoming leader might be after a Yes vote in a Euro referendum, when the internal Tory division on the question would no longer be an issue.
Mr Clarke is still considering whether to join the race.
Ann Widdecombe, shadow home secretary
A devout Christian, who converted to Catholicism in protest over women priests, her views are on the socially authoritarian wing of the party: this was more than ably demonstrated when she told the 2000 Tory Conference that she wanted £100 fines for anyone caught possessing any amount of any drug, a policy which was swiftly dumped.
She wanted to run but withdrew rather bitterly when it became obvious not enough MPs would back her.
John Redwood, head of parliamentary campaigns
Hague gave him shadow cabinet posts at DTI then DETR, but sacked him in 2000 - a surprise to many observers who thought he was one of the few frontbench Tories scoring hits on the government. Since then, he has been developing his own strand of euroscepticism which sees Britain joining North American Free Trade Association, whilst remaining an EU member. As for the leadership, he might think "third time lucky", but most would probably advise him that he would be deluded to think it could happen now.
Francis Maude, shadow foreign secretary
Although a eurosceptic, some do not forgive him for having signed the Maastricht Treaty for Mr Major's government.
As expected, Mr Maude decided to support Mr Portillo rather than stand against him.
Andrew Lansley, shadow cabinet office
Originally it was intended that he would write the 2001 manifesto, but the job was given to David Willetts after complaints from shadow cabinet colleagues that he had ignored their submissions to Believing in Britain, which he wrote. Definitely a rising star, but at 44, he seems to be biding his time before thinking about the leadership.
Liam Fox, shadow health secretary
Michael Ancram, party chairman
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