Let’s have Policy Board outside of the constraints of the Government machine – and a commission on what Britain should look like post-Brexit.
Most Tory MPs are male. Some don’t want a new complaints procedure – let alone two. Many feel vulnerable. This initiative brings new perils for the Prime Minister.
The Times tips him to be put in charge of reforming the campaign machine, but he’d be perfectly suited to implement ConservativeHome’s proposed outreach programme.
On the usual form of general elections, it shouldn’t be there at all – and is more shaped by the Party’s leadership than any of its predecessors.
Party members should elect our next Chairman and other key figures. Through this process, we will be able to identify talented candidates and platforms.
There was a genuine sense of grievance that policy suggestions and campaigning ideas are never listened to.
I want our Party to come out of the process stronger and more adept at campaigning – ready to win.
The most startling element is its one big dive outside the workings of the Tory machine: he wants the leader’s powers to draw up the manifesto to be reined in.
If new members realise that they have no real say in making their new party one that really works for everyone, they won’t remain members for long.
Our snap judgement is that Tory MPs and members are not. But there are warning signs: a fragile leader, a rusty machine – and a project that urgently needs renewal.
ConservativeHome’s proposals for Party reform, to avoid a repeat of the miserable snap election result.
“The low point of the Conservative campaign has followed the manifesto launch,” we wrote. “The social care policy tanked, and Tory poll ratings fell with it.”
After exposing the flaws in the Conservative campaign operation, we propose 12 reforms to help to avoid repeating such failings in future.
Activists were asked to trust in a targeting analysis that proved to be based on flawed data and assumptions that were overturned by the manifesto.