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Posts Tagged: 2017 General Election
John Strafford: This election campaign was a disaster. The Party must be radically reformed to stop it ever happening again.
Activists were directed to seats which there was no chance of us winning. It is quite clear that CCHQ did not have a clue about what was happening.
The Party must step up to provide organisation, oversight, training, and resources so our activists and members can advocate for the Tory cause.
So much of the good work done under David Cameron was undone by this election campaign. Things must change or a majority will stay beyond our reach.
Ben Jeffreys: Scrap tuition fees. Fairer school funding. Votes at 16. How the Tories can win young people’s support.
Increasingly, the Conservatives are seen as protecting the interests of those who have acquired wealth by their old age.
Richard Holden: How and why the LibDems went backwards in every English and Welsh seat they defended
With seven of their nine seats in England now held with majorities of less than eight per cent of the vote, the next election offers a chance to take them out for good.
The general election was a perfect storm for our Party in this part of the world, but looking ahead I think there are grounds for optimism.
In 2011 the now-Shadow Chancellor praised a mob attack on Conservative headquarters. That is a much better reflection of his true nature.
The crucial difference between a non-win this month and the win in 2015 was the failure of the Tory machine
May won five per cent more of the vote than Cameron did two years ago. The margin between having a majority and not having one was performance in marginal seats.
42 per cent and no majority 2) The Party must make the case for conservatism to a new generation of voters. It hasn’t for too long.
As time passes, a decreasing slice of the electorate has any experience at all of old-fashioned socialism. And the argument that it doesn’t work cuts little ice.
Andrew Kennedy: County or city-wide Association groupings with experienced agents in charge. My plan to salvage the voluntary party.
The Party has collectively failed to modernise its campaigning, with the result that we saw on June 8. This needs radical reform if it is not to collapse completely.
During the 1980s, the electoral function of the SDP/Alliance was to help the Conservatives win. This does not necessarily hold true 30 or so years on.
Iain Duncan Smith: My message to Tory colleagues. The Prime Minister stands between Britain and Corbyn. So let’s get behind her.
If we look into the abyss, we will find it looks back at us – clad in a cropped grey beard and a Lenin hat and dressed in Marxist ideology.
Simon Clarke: Students. Don’t cringe, try to be cool and promise to scrap tuition fees. Instead, treat them as adults.
And just about the worse thing we could do would be to send out the campus Tory boys and girls to bark the party’s message like an army of daleks.
Even in an age where institutional attachments run shallow, too many young people are coming to share a deep-seating dislike of our Party.