Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 08.14.41As ConservativeHome argues this morning, the Party has become focused on the short-term at the expense of the medium and the long.  Its three main problems – the transformation of Party Conference into a corporate event for lobbyists; CCHQ shaping candidate selections; and CCHQ becoming a branch office of Downing Street – won’t be solved until this focus in more balanced.

That means shared control of the Party’s money.  Which in turn means directly electing the Chairman of the Board, and some of its members at least: there is a case for electing a majority.  For it is the Board that decides how and where the money is spent.  When we surveyed ConservativeHome Party members we found 61 per cent of them in favour of this idea and 27 per cent against.