Iain Duncan Smith said of a visit to Easterhouse in Glasgow, one of the city’s most run-down estates: “I walked around part of the estate with a local Baptist minister. The grey, wet day matched the bleakness of nearly everything that I saw. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

In February 2002, Iain Duncan-Smith was then leader of the Conservatives when he visited Easterhouse in Glasgow, one of the city’s most run-dow(...)