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Tory heading European research centre? It’s a worry (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

concern

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Here is my best explanation:

'a worry' is the definition.
('concern' can be a synonym of 'worry')

'tory heading european research centre?' is the wordplay.
'tory' becomes 'con' (I've seen this before).
'heading' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other) (some letters go in front of or head others).
'european research centre?' becomes 'cern' (scientific research centre CERN).
'con'+'cern'='CONCERN'

'it's' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for concern that I've seen before include "Disquiet", "Cause of anxiety", "Interest", "Feeling of anxiety or sympathy", "Anxiety; business", "Affair", "Firm - interest", "Business - anxiety", "Involve" and "Affect; solicitude".)

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