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CA-ruoi.a. MP lain Duncan Smith has been named as the new Conservative leader after a resounding victory over his Opponent Kenneth Clarke, whom he beat by 155,933 votes to 100,864.

Mr Duncan Smith, 47, is the first Catholic since the Emancipation to lead one of Britain's main political parties and the first leader of the Conservative Party without cabinet experience.

The son of a Second World War fighter ace, Mr Duncan Smith inherited his faith from his mother Pamela, an Irish Catholic.

He is married to Betsy and has four children and entered Parliament in 1992 holding Lord Tebbit's former seat of Chingford after a varied career that included a commission with the Scots Guards and a position of Marketing Manager for GEC Marconi.

Charles Kennedy, the leader of the Liberal Democrat Party is also a Catholic as is Michael Martin, the Speaker of the House of Commons.

Cherie Blair, the wife of the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, is a practising Catholic.

Catholic Tory MPs Michael Ancram and Liam Fox were named as the Shadow Foreign Secretary and Shadow Health Secretary. Bill Cash was confirmed as Shadow Attorney General.

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