• The empty spaces within 32 Smiths Square were various shades of blue. The building had a notorious reputation for being partly responsible for the demise of the conservative party with its 'rabbit warren' style layout, encouraging descent and backstabbing. It is well documented that Michael Howard, during his brief time as leader, made it a priority to move the Conservative Central Office to an environment more 'aesthetically pleasing'. Lord Parkinson - chairman of the Conservative Party from 1981 to 1983 and again from 1997 to 1998-, said: "a distinctly shabby feel at Central Office was encouraged by the then-treasurer Lord McAlpine, to create a parsimonious air to encourage donors to be generous. McAlpine had a huge hole in the carpet when you went into his room and when and when a benefactor offered to give him a new carpet, said, 'Over my dead body. That hole is worth thousands.'"
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