Clarke loses third bid to lead Tories

Oct. 18, 2005 at 8:50 PM

LONDON, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- British Conservatives Tuesday rejected former Chancellor Ken Clarke as their next leader, placing him last among the four candidates.

The remaining candidates -- David Davis, David Cameron and Liam Fox -- will face another ballot Thursday to whittle the field to two before a final vote.

"I think it sends a message that they (Tories) are looking for a younger leader probably, but I don't think my age was remarkably relevant," Clarke said of his ouster, his third loss since 1997.

Ex-minister Edwina Currie said she expects the vote to end of Clarke's political career, the BBC said.

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