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Why the chancellor would rather be you

By Peter Hancock

Being appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer must count as the closest thing to becoming Prime Minister, which we all know is the goal virtually every MP dreams of at some time in their lives. The trappings are considerable: a billet in Downing Street, the attention of the world’s press, copious civil servants and advisers on hand round the clock, not to mention the excitement derived from being at the very heart of political life.

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