In 2004 Michael Howard, leader of the United Kingdom's Conservative Party (CP) since November 2003, had an immense task on his hands. The Tories had suffered two crushing defeats in successive general elections, and despite growing dissatisfaction among the electorate with Prime Minister Tony Blair, the CP showed few signs of recovery.
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|a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.|
|an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.|
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