Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Match of Today

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Match of Today

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Match of today

Steve Norris v Oliver Letwin

Ground: Winter Gardens Kick-off: 2.30pm

A collision of rival ambitions as mayoral runner Steve Norris and shadow home secretary Oliver Letwin go head to head. A clash in the timetable means they are making almost identical law and order speeches within an hour of each other.

Both need a big ovation to further their careers - with Letwin seen as a leadership runner if IDS throws in the towel. Norris gets first shot, but Letwin has seniority on his side.

Result (predicted): Norris 1, Letwin 1

QUOTE OF THE DAY

Unless we win in the cities, we are never going to win in the country Steve Norris

'THE KNIFING of potential successors to Iain Duncan Smith has already begun in the bars and restaurants of Blackpool.

A particular target has been the amiable shadow home secretary Oliver Letwin, an 8-1 shot with Ladbrokes.

Smears are already being aimed in his direction. "Of course Oliver belongs to a two-job household," said a leading Michael Portillo supporter in a snide reference to the Tories' efforts to reposition themselves as the party of working families. …

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