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The grand delusions of Tory chairman Grant Shapps

Winston Churchill

Every party needs a warm-up act. Just not one who looks like Bobby Davro, without the gravitas. Grant Shapps is a man with the unusual gift of making people believe the exact opposite of what he is saying; not a quality that is normally on the job description for a Conservative party chairman.

Cameron cabinet reshuffles to the right

David Cameron

David Cameron was finding, if he did not know already, how hard a cabinet reshuffle can be as he failed to persuade Iain Duncan Smith to leave work and pensions to run the justice department, and he battled for hours, eventually successfully, to prise Lady Warsi from the Conservative chairmanship to a new post in the Foreign Office.

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