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Michael Spicer is one of the most talented and influential Conservative politicians of his generation. He was an MP from 1974 to 2010 and was minister variously for aviation, electricity and coal, and housing. Knighted in 1996, in 2001 he was elected chairman of the 1922 Committee, a position he retained until 2010, when he was elevated to the House of Lords.


Pleasingly free of self-regard or bombast, The Spicer Diaries offer a highly readable account of recent political history

Richard Briand, Progress Online

a very readable canter through some of the key developments of the last forty years of British politics

Graham Brady MP, The House

more honourable than [Chris] Mullin's enterprise and is certainly more likely to be consulted by political anoraks of the future.

Quentin Letts, The Oldie

‘A very useful addition to the growing collection of parliamentary personal records’

Total Politics

'It is perfectly turned, often witty, and revealing of three significant chapters in the recent history of the Conservative Party.'

The Sunday Telegraph

Little changes over the decades, whether it be expenses fiddles or underserved preferment. Indeed, Spicer’s roll call of forgotten names, now part of 20th-century political history is remarkable in a tome of 640 pages.

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