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Lord Ashcroft reveals his next target

As the US election results rolled in on Tuesday, guests flocked to CNN’s results bash in Marylebone where the majority hoped to see Hillary Clinton elected president. While they didn’t have their wish granted, across town a more Trump-happy crowd gathered for Lord Ashcroft’s book launch.

Nigel Farage was among guests at the Devonshire Club, in Liverpool Street, for the launch of Ashcroft’s book, Victoria Cross Heroes. Comparing the tome with his previous effort Call Me Dave, Ashcroft noted that ‘one was championing bravery’ — adding that he would let attendees figure out what the other was about.

So, what’s next? Ashcroft revealed his next book will be a review of the UK’s modern defence capacity. With the government now concerned over what a Trump presidency means for foreign affairs, no doubt Farage can offer Ashcroft his two cents worth for the project.

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