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Posts Tagged: Party Democracy and Membership
It’s still winnable, but there are warning signs for the wider Party and its leadership.
When a self-replicating clique becomes dominant – be it of councillors, evangelicals, po-faced harridans or freemasons – there is trouble ahead.
A more integral role for young people, a greater focus on skills and empowerment, and a better approach to soliciting donations.
The Review’s proposals will allow the Party to adapt to a changed political landscape.
After decades of decline, the membership figures of the main political parties are on the rise. But will it make a difference?
Lord Woolton (pictured right) was the greatest-ever, rebuilding the Conservatives after the war. But here are my favourite five.
I believe that officers at all levels should be elected at a general meeting following as soon as is practical after a general election.
Alex Story: I’m a dedicated Conservative but CCHQ has allowed an administrative cock-up to end my career
The Conservative cause is meant to be about basic decency, fairness, justice, and an equal chance for all. The Party machinery doesn’t live up to those ideals.
Andrew Kennedy: Councillors may not like open forms of reselection. But they should learn to grin and bear it.
Those calling for a wholesale review of the national selection rules should put forward alternatives better than the arrangements we have currently in place.
Garry Heath: At this conference, our new leadership has a chance to show our members a little bit of love
Either we widen the membership of political parties and change the way they are funded, or the next stop will be a UK-style Donald Trump.
We need a centrally-administered system of membership – like other professional, UK-wide organisations – if we are to be a modern organised entity.
Comparisons to Labour’s Corbynista woes are misplaced.
Can Party members really be trusted any more than Labour’s to choose a good leader?
The number of new members has surged since the EU referendum – and our columnist Andrew Kennedy has the low-down on who they are.