Cameron: Practically a Conservative

Cameron: Practically a Conservative

by Francis Elliott, James Hanning

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007283170
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/24/2012
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 989 KB

About the Author

Francis Elliott worked for the New Statesman before being appointed Westminster Editor for Scotland on Sunday. He later became the Sunday Telegraph's Deputy Political Editor and joined the Independent on Sunday in 2003, where he was recently made Whitehall Editor. He was shortlisted in 2005 for “What the Papers Say 'Scoop of the Year'” for his work on David Blunkett's business interests. He lives in London with his wife and two children.James Hanning initially worked freelance before joining the Daily Mail and then moving to the Londoner's Diary on the Evening Standard, where he rose to become Associate Editor with responsibility for the Comment pages. In 2004 he was appointed Executive Editor of the Independent on Sunday. He lives in London with his wife and two children.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations xi


A Berkshire boyhood 1966-1973 1


Prep school 1974-1979 16


Public school 1979-1984 26


University 1985-1988 53

Smith Square

Conservative Research Department 1988-1992 73

Gayfere Street

General election campaign 1992 98

11 Downing Street

Treasury 1992-1993 109


Romance 1992 131

Queen Anne's Gate

Home Office 1993-1994 143

St George Street

Carlton Communications 1994-1997 162


Carlton Communications 1997-2001 187


Member of Parliament 2001-2003 203


Firstborn 231

Finstock Road

Preparing for the election 2003-2005 248


Leadership election 2005 272

Norman Shaw South

Leader of the Opposition 2005-2007 308


Leader of the Opposition 2007-2009 343

Falling Short

General election campaign 2010 373

70 Whitehall

Coalition negotiations 7-12 May 2010 390

10 Downing Street

The coalition's honeymoon 402

'Too Many Fronts'

The domestic agenda 2010-2012 408

Bumps and Scrapes

Coalition and internal party tensions 2010-2012 416


George Osborne and Steve Hilton: the battle for Cameron's soul 423


The trappings of office 432

'On My Watch'

The phone-hacking scandal 443

'Golden Hour'

Cameron and Libya 465

'One of Us'

Cameron and Europe 2010-2012 479

Epilogue 487

Notes 493

Acknowledgements 513

Index 517

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