David Cameron's victory in the Conservative leadership election was remarkable, not just for the electrifying speech that enabled him to beat his favoured rival, but also because he avoided the jinx that has afflicted so many Conservatives who have been tipped for the top, such as Michael Portillo and Michael Heseltine. But it is no great surprise to those who know him. The seeds of this success were already germinating back in 1992, when an ambitious and focused group of political youngsters came together to work for the Conservative Party. It was to be over a decade before the group had a profile but, by the time it did, the Tory takeover by the so-called Notting Hill Set was well advanced. "The Regeneration Game" will explain and analyse the agenda of Cameron and his circle and assess whether the Conservatives are finally poised for a recovery. It will reveal the character of David Cameron as well as of those around him whose roles will be critical for any Tory revival. For the first time since the 1980s, the Tories have a core team with the talent and determination to implement the changes necessary for a revival.
They have grasped the challenge of rescuing a 'nasty party', but can they distinguish it from a refreshed New Labour led by Gordon Brown? It combines a concise biography of Cameron with a full analysis of his policies. It examines whether the ideas of Cameron and his circle are genuinely new or just a continuation of Blairism under another name. Author has known Cameron personally and can explain the context behind his thinking.
Jo-Anne Nadler is an author, journalist and broadcaster. She worked alongside David Cameron and his key advisers at Conservative Central Office in the 1990s. Her biography of a previous Conservative leader, William Hague: In His Own Right, was published by Politico's in 2000.