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1995 - Mr Major’s Letter to John Redwood

Below is the text of Mr Major’s letter to John Redwood (made public on the day of writing, 29th June 1995) declining Mr Redwood’s offer of a debate on the European Union. John Redwood was standing against Mr Major in the Conservative leadership contest.


PRIME MINISTER:

Dear John,

I recall when I was a Tory candidate fighting a hopeless seat with no chance of winning, I was advised to challenge the incumbent MP to a debate.

The gist of his reply was, “nice try; but no”.

You may wish to know he went on to win a handsome victory.

With warm regards,

Yours Ever,

John.

(the sections in italic were hand-written)