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 offer enough to people who voted to Remain in the referendum.

2) The national campaign stopped talking about how Conservatives would aspire to make people better off or to make a case about being on the side of the strivers – and nor was any effort made to assure people about public services. This was a huge error.

3) Whilst Labour did an admiral job at energising young voters (a key demographic for them), No.10 arrived at the odd view that it would be wise to take a swipe at pensioners (a key base for them).

4) If the polling numbers are to be believed, Theresa May became less popular the more people saw of her. Corbyn, by contrast, exceeded expectations as the bar was initially set so low and consequently he grew more popular the more people saw of him.

5) The national campaign became almost entirely negative. Whilst there is nothing wrong with pointing out your opponents’ flaws, you still have to devote the vast majority of air time to giving people compelling reasons as to why they should vote for you.


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  1. The Emperors New Clothes says:

    What if the national campaign was designed to lose the election, but it didn’t quite go far enough to hand Brexit over to Labour?
    Let’s face it Brexit was never going to be something T May ever wanted to be a success. She believes we are better off in the EU, not leaving it. Being a Remainer it would be like asking a Catholic to put a condom on. Next time the Tories had better choose a leader that wants to leave the EU.

  2. Tyler Foz Forrester Moore says:

    Totally agree with all 5 points. What corbyn did was play to his strengths which lie in entrenched activism. He was able to do this with free will and succeeded without really having to explain where the cash was coming from, he kidded the kids and the kids got behind him, there was nothing like this from Theresa May.

    Moving forward the party needs to mirror at the very least the activist and protester, turn the story around with truth and integrity.

  3. Blowmedown says:

    I, probably like a lot of other conservative voters are extremely angry at TM’s lack of political nous leadership qualities and ability. She was installed as party leader without giving the membership a say and we have paid the price of that failure to scrutinise her suitability for the role of Prime Minister. Make no mistake this election was May’s to lose and she did that spectacularly, every event in which she took part seemed only to confirm her unsuitability to the role of leading this country. A lack of vision as to what the election was about, or even if it was necessary, and the failure to consider the needs of core conservative voters all contributed to this disaster. What is needed now is a bold step forward and as TM is soiled goods without credibility she is not the person to repair this fiasco. However, another bruising leadership campaign would be political suicide as would the anointment of another PM by a small coterie of “Tory” insiders. The way out of this mess is for the Conservatives as the Governing party to propose a government of national unity to negotiate and secure a successful exit from the EU. We need to be open and honest that in order for this to succeed we need the brightest and best brains and negotiators form all parties and not just confine this to our party, otherwise as sure as night follows day failure to s3ecure a good deal for our country will destroy our party for ever. Share the responsibilities and successes with those who can achieve most, whether they come from Labour, Libdems of SNP is irrelevant for the future of this country.

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