Monday, October 04, 2004

Quick one

Am v knackered and it's only 7.30 on day one of the conference. I'm just heading off to the Eastern Area reception and I then have to deputise for Simon Hoggart at the Spectator/Policy Exchange quiz. And if Boris Johnson doesn't shopw up I will have to chair it. God help me. Just done interviews with News 24 and Newsnight on Oliver Letwin's speech today. I spoke in the debate and urged us to promise to scrap Inheritance Tax which I regard as a deeply unjust tax in dieing. The rich avoid it by employing expensive lawyers and it is now beginning to hit people who cannot conceiveably be described as rich. Had a v good fringe meeting with William Hague who spoke about his book on Pitt. More tomorrow (hopefully!)

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