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David Willetts with his wife Sarah pictured at their London home this evening (Wednesday) hours after resigning as Paymaster General. Willetts quit office within minutes of publication of a report which accused him of dissembling - a word which can mean concealing or being insincere - before a Commons committee. The loss of Mr Willetts - regarded as a sparkling talent undoubtedly heading for the Cabinet - was a hefty blow to John Major who had hoped to steady the Tory ship after recent crises over Europe. But the harshness of the criticism of Mr Willetts clearly prompted the Paymaster-General

David Willetts with his wife Sarah pictured at their London home this evening (Wednesday) hours after resigning as Paymaster General. Willetts quit office within minutes of publication of a report which accused him of dissembling - a word which can mean concealing or being insincere - before a Commons committee. The loss of Mr Willetts - regarded as a sparkling talent undoubtedly heading for the Cabinet - was a hefty blow to John Major who had hoped to steady the Tory ship after recent crises over Europe. But the harshness of the criticism of Mr Willetts clearly prompted the Paymaster-General Stock Photo
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PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

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G45DKJ

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5.2 MB (0.3 MB Compressed download)

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1452 x 1253 px | 24.6 x 21.2 cm | 9.7 x 8.4 inches | 150dpi

Date taken:

December 11, 1996

Location:

LONDON UK

Photographer:

by Tony Harris

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David Willetts with his wife Sarah pictured at their London home this evening (Wednesday) hours after resigning as Paymaster General. Willetts quit office within minutes of publication of a report which accused him of dissembling - a word which can mean concealing or being insincere - before a Commons committee. The loss of Mr Willetts - regarded as a sparkling talent undoubtedly heading for the Cabinet - was a hefty blow to John Major who had hoped to steady the Tory ship after recent crises over Europe. But the harshness of the criticism of Mr Willetts clearly prompted the Paymaster-General to seek to limit the damage and head straight for the backbenches. See PA story POLITICS Willetts. Photo by Tony Harris/PA.

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