James Frayne: An election is coming. Here are the messages – beyond Brexit – that the Conservatives need to win it.
The 2017 election contains a series of lessons, assuming that anyone is looking for them.
In this campaign, free for the first time to talk policy and politics after nine years of collective responsibility, it was Hunt whose personality shone through.
We must overhaul our Party organisation and develop strong messages for liberally-minded, soft-Conservative voters before the next election.
We must not repeat the mistakes of 2017 in trying to fatten the digital pig on market day.
Even in “safe seats” a culture of knock-every-door campaigning is needed. That was the lesson from the local elections.
The financial crisis, Brown, Osborne and then the EU and Scottish referendums did not cover the discipline in glory.
If the campaign management were outsourced, as recently, who would take it on? And if it weren’t, could CCHQ really cope?
Living in a world which can seem so provocative, emotive, and opinionated, I want to focus on the politics of inclusion rather than of division.
The doorstep conversations were taking 15 or sometimes 20 minutes. This was absolutely necessary. We had to rebuild trust.
His pledge to cut income tax and National Insurance for the lowest paid is one that will resonate well on the doors across Redditch and beyond.
Our collective decision to concentrate on targeted literature resulted in success against keyboard warriors navel gazing on social media and preaching to their own.
Despite our efforts, the national picture punished us. The problems for the party are top-down, not just with the leadership, but also CCHQ.
Change is coming to our Party. We have listened. Don’t endanger the country for the sake of the instant gratification of protest.
A much-hated traffic management experiment, called the Haughton Throughabout, imposes misery on many residents caught up in daily delays.
A hectic schedule of hustings should be held. The public should be welcomed in – and proceedings broadcast on social media.