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By Tim Montgomerie
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It is with mixed emotions that I report
that Sunday 7th April will be my last day as full-time Editor of
ConservativeHome. The following day I start an exciting new chapter in my
working life. The Times newspaper’s new editor John Witherow recently asked me
to edit The Times’ comment pages and I have decided that it was right to say
yes to this exciting new opportunity.

This doesn’t mean that I am ending my
involvement with ConHome. John Witherow and Lord Ashcroft have agreed that I
can continue to be an adviser to ConHome and continue writing a weekly blog for the
site.  What will change is my involvement
in the in the day-to-day editing and administration of the site. I shall be
keeping my shares in ConservativeHome.

I’m very proud of ConservativeHome. I’m
proud of the daily news service that we provide and of the huge range of
views that ConservativeHome has promoted. Most of all I’m proud that we’ve
challenged the Tory leadership to adopt a ‘full spectrum conservatism’. Throughout
ConHome’s life we've argued that conservatism must have a one nation
character – reaching out to those born on the wrong side of the tracks and
recognising that there’s much more to conservative politics than economics or
individualism.

Today’s team – including Paul Goodman,
Pete Hoskin, Harry Phibbs and Michelle Clifford – make up the strongest the
site has ever had. I have no doubt that they’ll ensure ConHome prospers in the
months and, I hope, years ahead. I look forward to continuing to play a role,
albeit more of a back seat role, in this.


I would at this important point in
ConHome’s development like to specifically thank Lord Ashcroft. As far as I've
been concerned he's been a perfect owner – fully involved and fully committed
but he has never interfered with my editorial judgments, even when, on
occasions, I guess he's disagreed with them. I’m grateful that he’s become my
friend and I look forward to taking him to watch Man Utd beat Man City at Old
Trafford in a few weeks’ time.

I also want to take the opportunity of
thanking those others who have been so material and essential to the creation and
ongoing success of ConservativeHome.

Stephan and Rosamund Shakespeare of
course provided the initial funding that allowed myself and my brilliant first
co-editor, Samuel Coates, to get going. Stephan remains a shareholder in
ConservativeHome and will continue to work on the site with Lord Ashcroft and
the team.

And, finally, of course thank you to all
of the people who’ve read ConHome over the last eight years. Sometimes I know
I’ve annoyed you and, guess what, sometimes you’ve annoyed me! Overall,
however, I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. It’s been a privilege to have created ConHome and to have been a part of
so many great conservations about modern conservatism and its future. I look
forward to its continued success.

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