John redwood (1951-), known to his detractors as "the Vulcan" was secretary for Wales in John Major's cabinet. Redwood was a brilliant economic theorist, strongly in favour of monetarism, who had been a policy adviser to Mrs Thatcher. He was also a leading Eurosceptic. In 1995, he ran against Major for the Conservative leadership. In 1997, Redwood surprisingly launched a joint leadership bid with the pro-European Ken Clarke, but the party opted for Willian Hague instead.