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Duncan Smith, Iain

On Sept. 13, 2001, in the wake of its second successive crushing general election defeat, the U.K.'s Conservative Party elected as its leader a right-wing MP whose most distinctive policy was hostility to closer links between the U.K. and the European Union (EU). Iain Duncan Smith's victory was all the more remarkable for the fact that, of the five candidates who sought the Tory leadership, he was alone in never having served before as a government minister

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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