PETER FROST is not sorry to see the downfall of the Tory MP for Henley.

I’VE usually not much time for Tory MPs of any persuasions but I have always had a tiny bit of sympathy and gratitude for Michael Heseltine ever since his part in kick-starting the eventual downfall of Maggie Thatcher over 25 years ago.

In 1990 Heseltine challenged Thatcher, who had been the hated Tory prime minister since 1979. He had long been a thorn in her side.

He didn’t beat Thatcher but once Heseltine had started the attack she was persuaded to withdraw from the second round of voting.

Now a quarter of a century on, the elderly Tory grandee has proved he hasn’t lost his touch. He launched a stinging attack on what was briefly the bookies’ favourite for both the next leader of the Tory Party and also prime minister — the man who…

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