Cameron: The Rise of the New Conservative

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David Cameron has recently emerged as the first Tory leader in years to come across as a man of the people, an ordinary man in a traditionally reviled political position. This biography reveals more about the man behind the spin, and the first Tory leader in years to have a chance of leading the party to victory. It explores the future direction of the Conservatives and looks at several important questions: Is the current honeymoon evidence of a new Tory Party, or simply recognition that the appearance of newness is needed? Will he really be prepared to jeopardize the support of the traditional grass roots? How deep are his environmental credentials? How will he react when the press turns nasty? Does his success mark a return of the old class deference? Or is it the opposite, a sign that background, for better or worse, is now unimportant?

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Francis Elliott was appointed Westminster Editor for Scotland on Sunday in and went on to become the Sunday Telegraph's Deputy Political Editor before joining the Independent.

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'Anyone hoping to penetrate Cameron's still rather opaque political personality will want to buy this book, which in readable...form offers much ammunition to both his admirers and detractors...This book gives a clear and convincing account of how Cameron raced past far better-known and more experienced rivals to become leader of the Tory party.' Telegraph 'Provides many insights into the privileged background and the motivations of David Cameron. The authors underline the hard ambition and calculation behind the surface charm, raising fascination questions about what Cameron might be like as Prime Minister.' Peter Riddell, The Times 'If anyone doubts Cameron's classic Tory credentials, then this highly rewarding biography lays out the story brilliantly.' Sunday Telegraph 'Readable and well researched.' Chris Huhne, in the Observer 'Books of the Year' 'This essential political textbook will be required reading for every journalist covering David Cameron's every move until the general election.' Independent 'Compelling and evidently well-researched.' Evening Standard

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