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Tories to adopt "interim leader of the day"
13 Jun 2005 by Malcolm DruryFollowing the assertion by potential interim leadership candidate Tim Yeo that there are too many contenders for the Conservative party's top job, the current interim leader, Michael Howard, has suggested that the party adopt a "leader of the day" scheme under which each candidate would be given the opportunity to show his or her mettle by serving as interim leader for a period of 24 hours at a time.
At least eight contenders have been named as possible successors to Mr Howard as interim leader, with more expected to follow as Tory MPs are left with little to do during the summer other than open fetes.
Speaking to reporters this morning Mr Howard said that the idea had come to him in the bath.
Each day, he said, the then interim leader would be responsible for only one policy area. For example, Interim Leader (Monday) could be responsible for immigration policy, Interim Leader (Tuesday) for education, and so on. As the candidates worked through the rotation each would have temporary responsibility for the different policy areas, but by being restricted to only one day would not be able to make any progress.
"And that's just what the Conservative party is all about," said a beaming Mr Howard.
However, Iain Duncan Smith, who will soon be replaced by Mr Howard as most recent former interim leader of the party, injected a note of caution. "It would probably be unwise, maybe, to have Monday as immigration policy day, given the trouble we used to have with the Monday Club," he said.
"Or perhaps not," he added.
In related news, DeadBrain can confirm that former Tory leader Margaret Thatcher is to reunite with ex-colleagues John Major, William Hague and Iain Duncan Smith to appear at the Live 8 concert in London on July 2. The group split up several years ago and has not played together since, with Mr Duncan Smith attempting an unsuccessful solo career and Messrs Major and Hague virtually disappearing from public view. The group will not, however, be participating in the Long Walk to Justice, as that topic is not currently on the party's policy agenda.
On hearing the news, Live 8 organiser Bob Geldof is believed to have gone into hiding.
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