Richard North, 12/05/2005  

The Guardian today offers an interesting insight to our question as to why Michael Howard really needed to raid the nursery to find a shadow chancellor.

It seems that Howard had already considered William Hague and David Cameron, who had turned him down, before alighting on George Osborne, aged 33¾. It looks like play school was his only option. I wonder if he asked Osborne's mummy first?

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