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Rifkind is back

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2004-02-26

Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Sir Malcolm Rifkind

Former Foreign and Scottish secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind, is to become the next Conservative candidate to contest the parliamentary seat for Kensington and Chelsea.

The 57-year-old Edinburgh-born politician beat three other hopefuls to represent the Tories for one of its safest seats in the country. The seat becomes vacant as current Tory MP for Kensington and Chelsea, Michael Portillo, has decided to leave politics at the next election.
 
His move back into British politics comes nearly seven years after losing his Edinburgh Pentlands parliamentary seat in the 1997 General Election.
 
Prior to running for Kensington and Chelsea, Sir Malcolm had tried to go for a Tory role in Windsor in September 2003, but the local Conservative association did not put him forward among the candidates for consideration.
 
Under the Conservative government, Sir Malcolm was a cabinet minister from 1982 to 1997 and held various roles including foreign secretary, transport secretary and defence secretary.