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(From Guardian Unlimited)
Oliver Letwin is, by his own admission, now one of the "backroom people" in David Cameron's Conservative party.
It seems much more than 15 months since he was the party's shadow chancellor, struggling to hold on to his West Dorset seat and to explain why, after arguing that no one would believe the Tories if they promised to cut taxes, their election manifesto offered GBP4bn worth of them.
Mr Letwin is visibly happier in his new role as chairman of the Conservatives' policy review and research department.
The process of thrashing out Tory policies is, he says, "proceeding in an orderly fashion" and will be finished by 2008. Unless, of course, Gordon Brown calls a snap election - in which case he will also be ready.