It’s been a quiet news day so far. So, time for a debate…

The three leaders the Party had after Major and before Cameron were the first leaders of the Party not to make it to Prime Minister since Austen Chamberlain in the 1920s.

  • William Hague got something of a hospital pass but impressed at the Despatch Box and tried to make the best of a bad situation.
  • Iain Duncan-Smith struggled with his parliamentary colleagues but set in motion a policy agenda that is now central to the Party.
  • Michael Howard professionalised the Party somewhat but failed to persuade the public at the election.

What do you think their relative merits were?

Deputy Editor

Previous debates: Labour or the LibDems – who is worst? and Ousting Maggie or Black Wednesday – Which event hurt the Tories most?

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