The Rt. Hon. Sir John Major KG CH

Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 1990-1997

1995Prime Minister (1990-1997)

Mr Major’s Letter to John Redwood – 29 June 1995

Below is the text of Mr Major’s letter to John Redwood (made public on the day of writing, 29th June 1995) declining Mr Redwood’s offer of a debate on the European Union. John Redwood was standing against Mr Major in the Conservative leadership contest.


Dear John,

I recall when I was a Tory candidate fighting a hopeless seat with no chance of winning, I was advised to challenge the incumbent MP to a debate.

The gist of his reply was, “nice try; but no”.

You may wish to know he went on to win a handsome victory.

With warm regards,
Yours Ever,

(the sections in italic were hand-written)