Asperities

The Last of the Tory Squires

I first met Tom Stuttaford in the mid-1960s when he attended a conference at Swinton Conservative College in Yorkshire, where I had the entertaining job of Junior Tutor. My colleague David Alexander and I were told in advance that some particularly able and ambitious young Tory candidates would be present whom we should cultivate on the grounds that they were rising to higher things. We had heard that before, of course. On this occasion, however, the three rising stars turned out to be Norman Tebbitt, Cecil Parkinson and Tom Stuttaford. Swinton rules of hospitality allowed a tutor to buy himself…

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