Leadership flop Iain Duncan Smith has blamed the 9/11 atrocities for his failed bid to be Prime Minister.
The top Tory made the claim as he launched an extraordinary attack on Tony Blair – saying he ‘milked’ the situation for all it was worth.
More than 100 Tory activists applauded Mr Duncan Smith’s comments at a packed fringe meeting at their party conference.
Fresh from a speech celebrating welfare cuts , he claimed Mr Blair’s focus on foreign policy contributed to his failure to get a foothold as party chief in 2001.
“The day before I got elected the twin towers were struck,” he told the crowd last night.
“So first of all we got no lift on my announcement. It had to be buried the following day, hardly anybody was paying attention.”
Mr Duncan Smith lost a no confidence vote just two years after becoming leader and was replaced by Michael Howard.
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