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Tory paternalism offers nothing on the doorstep

Tory paternalism offers nothing on the doorstep

It started so well. A 20 point lead in the opinion polls had us dreaming of a commanding majority, a clear mandate and an opposition on the precipice. Then it slowly turned into a nightmare as dozens of seats fell and at one point some bookies had Corbyn as favourite […]

by × June 21, 2017 ×

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Tories in denial: We lost this election

Tories in denial: We lost this election

It is natural for people to look for silver linings when something bad has happened, but unless there is a proper assessment of what went wrong and why, this can look dangerously like being in denial. And this week’s general election result is no different. Already I see MPs and […]

by × June 10, 2017 ×

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Theresa May must resign

Theresa May must resign

This was Theresa May’s election: it was her manifesto, her campaign strategy, and all the messaging was for ‘Theresa May’s candidates’. And the Conservative Party has lost as a result. Let’s be clear – no one else has won. Faced with the worst Conservative campaign in an awfully long time, […]

by × June 9, 2017 ×

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Five reasons the Conservatives lost seats

Five reasons the Conservatives lost seats

Luke Springthorpe, director of Conservative Progress, outlines why he thinks the Conservative Party lost seats in the general election. 1) Brexit became a fig leaf barely concealing the fact that there was virtually nothing there behind it. The manifesto offered nothing to excite anyone about voting Conservative and certainly didn’t […]

by × June 9, 2017 ×

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The CfL Ten: Edinburgh North and Leith

The CfL Ten: Edinburgh North and Leith

Edinburgh North and Leith might not strike you as a potential Tory seat but a referendum and a decent set of council results have combined to make this urban seat a potential game changer for the Tories in Scotland. Our prospects are also enhanced by the candidature of local businessman, […]

by × May 29, 2017 ×

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The CfL Ten: Aberdeen South

The CfL Ten: Aberdeen South

This constituency was held by the Conservatives until 1997. We finished second in the roughly similar Holyrood constituency of Aberdeen South and North Kincardine in 2016 but the Westminster constituency saw the Conservatives beat the SNP by over 5% in May’s local elections. Ross Thomson is an Aberdonian born and […]

by × May 29, 2017 ×

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The Gender Pay Gap is a hazy memory, Theresa

The Gender Pay Gap is a hazy memory, Theresa

The Seventies brought us Grease, Chicago and The Equal Pay Act. Ever since then, us ladies have been bopping along to Summer Nights, All That Jazz and the sweet sound of a income that is equal to that of a male employee employed by the same company doing the same […]

by × May 21, 2017 ×

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The CfL Ten: Wirral West

The CfL Ten: Wirral West

One of the only low points of an altogether unforgettable 2015 election night was the defeat of Esther McVey in Wirral West. Not only did the result confound the pundits – the seat had been won by the government in every election since its creation in 1983 – the loss […]

by × May 21, 2017 ×

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The CfL Ten: Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland

The CfL Ten: Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland

For years pro-Brexit Conservatives were told that ‘banging on about Europe’ would render them unelectable. While that may have been true in the circles that David Cameron ran in, in many parts of the country, banging on about Europe has put the Conservatives back in play, in a way that the […]

by × May 18, 2017 ×

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The CfL Ten: Chipping Barnet

The CfL Ten: Chipping Barnet

Theresa Villiers has been Chipping Barnet’s MP since 2005 and represented the area previously as a London MEP from 1999. She joined the Cabinet in 2012 as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, performing what is perhaps the most difficult job in British politics, at a difficult time for the […]

by × May 18, 2017 ×

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Forward Together: A manifesto for Tory paternalism

Forward Together: A manifesto for Tory paternalism

It’s become increasingly clear that libertarians are losing the battle for the heart of the Conservative Party – never more so than on the publication of ‘our’ latest election manifesto: “We must reject the ideological templates provided by the socialist left and the libertarian right and instead embrace the mainstream […]

by × May 18, 2017 ×

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The CfL Ten: Enfield North

The CfL Ten: Enfield North

Nick de Bois has fought every General Election in Enfield North since 2001. After losing his seat in 2015, he is aiming to return to Parliament on 8th June. Recently coming to CfL’s attention as a committed opponent of plain packaging, de Bois ticks a few other ‘ideal MP’ boxes. […]

by × May 16, 2017 ×