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Lots of people want to know what the next Prime Minister will do for the country on everything other than Brexit.
Don’t imagine that the Party could be pushed into single figures in a national poll and then bounce back to beat Labour a few months later.
These Tory leadership candidates haven’t grasped the scale of the collapse of confidence in their party
No one has a prayer of bringing voters back to the Party if they don’t get on their knees and beg for forgiveness from the electorate.
Henry Newman: The Tory poll collapse is nothing to do with May’s Withdrawal Agreement. MPs should vote for it – and deliver Brexit
A basic problem remains unaltered – that there is no Commons majority for a No Deal Brexit. This point has been well made by Ann Widdecombe.
Chloe Westley: There’s a word for the “certain type of people” you brush off, Ms Rudd. Conservatives.
These are the people who give up their free time to knock on doors around the country, and take the heat for the Government’s failure to deliver Brexit.
He knows that you don’t get to enact a vision for the country until you can thread it first with the fabric of your party.
Iain Dale: UKIP’s Sargon of whatever-he-calls-himself. Vile, yes – but he shouldn’t be barred from standing for election.
Plus: the Conservative share of the vote may fall lower than ten per cent in the European elections.
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The Partido Popular shifted far enough from the centre to lose votes on its left, while legitimising a competitor to its right.
Robert Halfon: Does May’s selfish machine care at all about the Party’s future – or the thousand plus councillors who lost their seats?
We are heading towards a 1997-type defeat unless we make fundamental and radical changes to our machinery and to our policies.
Success in politics is about delivering the goods. This should provide encouragement to the local associations who fared less well last week.
Nicky Morgan: If Tory MPs want May not to rely on Labour, then they know what they must do. Pass her deal as it stands.
We have just 17 days from tomorrow now to do what voters told us to do on the doorsteps last Thursday – namely, ‘get Brexit sorted’.
I found an incredibly likeable person – but although he knuckled down and scored some successes, he was better placed as Chief Whip than Defence Secretary.
Also: Ministry of Defence and Northern Irish Office clash over protecting ex-servicemen and police; and another bad week for Scottish Labour.