Crick on Howard

Turning his critical attention away from former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, investigative reporter Michael Crick has switched his gaze to his successor Michael Howard.

Crick has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to write a book on the Conservative Party leader, to be published in 2005. Crick’s interest in political players hit a few hurdles this year, when he embarked on an investigation into IDS for a Newsnight report.

Crick’s report alleged that IDS paid his wife £18,000 for secretarial work that was not actually carried out during the first 15 months of his leadership.

His work resulted in threats of legal action from the ex-Tory boss and the item being pulled.

The journalist then launched an inquiry into IDS’s affairs by passing his findings on to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, Sir Philip Mawer. The inquiry is still ongoing.

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