as a 16-year-old schoolboy after he received a standing ovation from delagates during the Tory Party conference at Blackpool. Twenty years later, the former Welsh Secretary has become leader of the Conservative Party. * 8/6/01: Hague dramatically announced that he was to quit as Tory leader after his party's heavy election defeat. In a keenly awaited statement outside Conservative Central Office, Hague said he would step down as leader of the party when a successor can be elected. Mr Portillo is likely to be one of the contenders for the position.
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