Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

"Portillo Not Standing for Leader". (Don't Believe It)

Magazine article New Statesman (1996)

"Portillo Not Standing for Leader". (Don't Believe It)

Article excerpt

Most politicians who appear on Breakfast with Frost have a story to tell that will be dutifully reported in the Monday papers. And on 13 October it was Michael Portillo, who told David Frost, with a straight face, that he would not run in a leadership election. I was in Bournemouth that week, and it was obvious to me that although the Tory faithful are loyal to their current leader, they would prefer someone else to do the job. When Theresa May walked through the bar of the Highcliff Hotel, you could see some of the representatives thinking how much better she would be than the hapless IDS. This opinion was confirmed after one of the worst speeches ever delivered by a leader. It was worse even than Charlie Kennedy's speech last year.

The fact remains that Portillo would be ten times better than IDS, and he knows it. He also knows that the reason he isn't leader is because he isn't trusted. …

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