Blue Ambition

Blue Ambition

The Unauthorised Biography of Kemi Badenoch
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Blue Ambition

The Unauthorised Biography of Kemi Badenoch

During the Conservative Party leadership contest in the summer of 2022, Kemi Badenoch made an immediate impression on the public as a politician with robust views and a strong personality. Although only a junior minister at the time, she was marked out as a rising star and, having survived the race until the fourth ballot, even as a potential future leader. From September 2022, she served in the Cabinets of Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak, combining her post as Secretary of State for Business and Trade with that of Minister for Women and Equalities.

Badenoch’s centre-right instincts and admiration for Margaret Thatcher have helped to guarantee that her popularity among the grassroots of her party remains high, yet her background is unusual by Westminster’s standards. Born in London and raised in Nigeria, she describes herself as ‘to all intents and purposes a first-generation immigrant’. She returned to Britain aged sixteen to sit her A-levels and forged a career in the banking sector before entering the House of Commons as the MP for Saffron Walden in 2017.

So what makes Badenoch tick? How did she achieve Cabinet rank so quickly? And what would be the implications for the direction of the Conservative Party if she did become its leader?

In this meticulously researched biography, Michael Ashcroft charts Badenoch’s fascinating course from relative obscurity to being hailed in some quarters as the saviour of conservatism in the UK.

Hardback
ISBN: 9781785908620
Publication Date: 16 July 2024
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Language: English
ISBN: 9781785909252
Publication Date: 16 July 2024
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Micheal Ashcroft
The man behind the book

LORD ASHCROFT KCMG PC is an international businessman, philanthropist, author and pollster. He is a former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party and currently honorary chairman of the International Democrat Union. He is founder and chairman of the board of trustees of Crimestoppers, vice-patron of the Intelligence Corps Museum, chairman of the trustees of Ashcroft Technology Academy, a senior fellow of the International Strategic Studies Association, a life governor of the Royal Humane Society, a former chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University and a former trustee of Imperial War Museums. Lord Ashcroft is an award-winning author who has written twenty-eight other books, largely on politics and bravery. His political books include biographies of David Cameron, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Rishi Sunak, Sir Keir Starmer, Carrie Johnson and Angela Rayner.