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29 September 2011

In this week’s New Statesman: Which Tories is it OK to love?

The left's favourite Tories | Phillip Blond on Cameron's failures | John Gray on Christopher Hitchen

By Alice Gribbin

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In this week’s New Statesman, as part of our Conservative conference special we ask eight progressives to nominate their favourite Tory, with choices including David Marquand on Harold Macmillan, Andrew Adonis on Michael Heseltine and Maurice Glasman on Edmund Burke. Pick up a copy of the magazine to see who chose David Maxwell Fyfe and Margaret Thatcher.

Also this week, Conservative guru and author of the 2009 Red Tory thesis Phillip Blond outlines the party’s missed opportunities, the ruin of the ‘Big Society’ and how David Cameron is failing the poor. Tory MP Louise Mensch talks to Jon Bernstein about her past attraction to New Labour, Nadine Dorries and abortion, and her next chick-lit novel, and Rafael Behr reports on restlessness in the coalition cabinet.

Elsewhere, following the Labour leader’s conference speech, Mehdi Hasan plots the future for Ed Miliband, David Blanchflower considers the upside of the eurozone crisis for Britain, and Ben Smith writes from Washington on Elizabeth Warren, the grandmother taking on Wall Street and bringing hope to the US left.

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